[font=arial]Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) may expand special antler restrictions for the harvest of buck deer to include another 18 counties, for the 2009-10 season. As the Dallas Morning News[/i] reported, that would be in addition to the 61 counties where antler restrictions currently define a legal buck deer as having at least one unbranched antler or an inside antler spread of at least 13 inches.
"Antler restrictions are a controversial measure when first imposed, but they've been very successful in increasing the percentage of older bucks in a deer herd," Morning News[/i] outdoor columnist Ray Sasser noted. "According to TP&W, hunters tend to approve of the regulation after a couple of seasons."
The counties where the new antler restrictions could be imposed are: Archer, Callahan, Clay, Cooke, Denton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, McLennan, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Tarrant, Throckmorton and Young.
However, determining a buck's inside antler spread can be difficult for a hunter to accurately gauge in the field. Last deer hunting season, for example, TP&W wardens, "issued 105 citations and 114 warning tickets for violation of the 13-inch rule in antler restriction counties."