OUTDOORS: Deer season underway

Deer season is officially underway, under guidelines set forth by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The season for white-tail deer and turkey runs through Jan. 4, 2015, in the 209 counties of the North Zone, which includes Montague County.
A late antlerless and spike season will run from Jan. 5-18 in the North Zone.
There is also another youth only deer season from Jan. 5-18 in all counties where deer hunting is legal.
Bag limits and legal antler spread on bucks varies by county, so consult a copy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife 2014-15 Outdoor Annual or the new outdoor annual Smartphone application before heading into the field.
The annual is available at hunting license sales outlets, online at www.tpwd.state.tx.us and as a free mobile application on iOs and Android platforms.
All deer and turkey taken must be tagged. To do that, one must have a valid Texas hunting license. When hunting, you must also have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
Legal hunting time ends 30 minutes after sunset. Check local sunset and sunrise times before going out on the hunt.
Texas game wardens are out in force, the TPWD reports.
The TPWD reminds everyone to refresh themselves with the principles of safe firearm handling. Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded.
Hunting rules also are available at the TPWD website.