OUTDOORS: Deer season extends to Jan. 15

The general white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkey season closed in most parts of the state on New Year’s Day.
But, that doesn’t mean hunters are completely finished with the pursuit.
Special youth-only and late-season hunting runs through Jan. 15.
The two-week youth-only late season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer or a full hunting season for Rio Grande turkey.
All legal hunting means are allowed – except in Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall Counties – where hunting is only allowed with archery equipment and crossbows.
Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer during a youth-only season, and hunter education requirements still apply. Check the county-specific restrictions in the outdoor annual.
Youth-only hunting can be a time to make memories, and for children to learn about wildlife conservation.
During the special late white-tailed deer season in 106 counties in the North Zone and 30 in the South Zone, harvest is restricted to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer only. Read more in the Jan. 7 Bowie News.

White-tailed deer. (Courtesy photo by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)