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By Dakota McDonald
With dove season opening on Sept. 1 and archery mule deer and turkey opening on Oct. 3, hunting season is in full swing.
And with another hunting season in the works, hunters can expect a few challenges and changes, according to Garza County Game Warden Trent Walker.
“Each hunting season brings new and engaging challenges and changes,” Walker said “These changes are often found in the form of new season dates, license requirements and new bag and size limits of certain game species.
In fact, Walker suggests each hunter and angler to review the outdoor annual for any new changes before hitting the field or public water.
“All that information can be located on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, the Outdoor Annual App, or by contacting the local game warden in your county,” Walker said.
Among some of the challenges this season is the lack of local processing companies, Walker said.
“One of the larger issues within the local hunting community this year, is the lack of local processing companies accepting game meat from hunters,” Walker said. “Contacting local processors prior to harvesting an animal is the first step to ensuring the hunter will be able to have their meat processed by that processor. If the hunter possesses the tools and equipment to process their own meat, then this is another option as well. I encourage all hunters to have a processing plan before they harvest an animal. It is unethical and illegal to dump or allow the game meat to spoil.”
With these new obstacles, Walker reminds that he and other local game wardens are only a call away.
“If you have any question or concerns, I urge you to contact your local game Warden and ask for advice on processing the meat or having it donated,” Walker said. “Take care and be safe this hunting season.”
Garza County Game Warden Trent Walker can be contacted with questions and concerns at 806-470-0065.