By Lynne Burkhide, For The Herald Democrat
It won’t be long until the calendar flips from July through August. And when that happens and summer begins, district school districts will open their classrooms while pigskins begin to fly in the air as fall soccer camps begin for local high school teams, colleges, and even the Dallas Cowboys.
The dawning of a new month will also bring the first hunting deadline for the upcoming fall campaign, when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (www.tpwd.texas.gov) is submitting nearly 10,000 hunting permits this fall and winter for 62 different hunting categories. .
While there will undoubtedly be some local hunting enthusiasts interested in the deadline on Monday, August 1 (for alligator, sloth antelope, and private land hunting classes) — and a second on Monday, August 15 (for deer shooting, general exotics, and javelina hunt classes) — most will be concentrated Interest here in Grayson County on the September 1, 2022 deadline in a few weeks.
why is that? Because this is the online application deadline for the 2022 TPWD website for the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge hunting whitetail shooter. By the way, the dates for Hagerman NWR’s Three Deer Hunting Clip this fall are Part A – November 4-6; Part B – November 18-20; Part C – November 30 – December 30. 2.
As noted last week, when this year’s Hagerman NWR unit turnover moved into the Goode, Sandy, and Godwin cabins on the refuge grounds located along the south coast of Lake Texoma, the number of available permits this year is down significantly, down from the previous total of permits in The year was 202 permits, compared to 139 this year.
Besides the sharp drop in permit numbers, the rest of the details of the 2022 sanctuary hunt remain somewhat familiar to Grayson County shooting hunters. This includes choosing their hunting location within the three open compartments, disallowing bait, and proof of completion of Bowhunter’s education required.
With the September 1 deadline to apply in a few weeks, the application fee is $3 per adult and 1 to 4 people can apply together on each application. If checked out, the hunt fee for adults (aged 17 and over) is $80 while the hunting fee for youngsters (ages 9-16, with a supervising adult at least 18) is $zero.
The bag limit in this year’s Hagerman NWR game is a limit of two white-tailed deer and two bucks. According to Texas regulations, any dollars taken by Hagerman’s bow hunters must have an internal spread of 13 inches or more or have at least one uncoated horn. For Dollars that have an internal spread of 13 inches or more, the curb is one of these whitetails. Finally, an unlimited number of feral pigs are allowed again this fall.
For more information on this year’s Hagerman NWR hunt, visit the TPWD Drawn Hunts page on the agency’s website (https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/hunt-category-details.phtml) ?OCat=NA) or have a look at the PDF version of the Hagerman Hunting Handbook 2022-23 (https://www.fws.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2022-2023%20Hagerman%20Limited%20Permit%20Hunts.pdf ) .
Archers interested in hunting can contact the refuge office directly, and call (903) 786-2826 during business hours.
Whitesboro Dinner DU – After last weeks’ notification of Whitesboro Ducks Unlimited Dinner next month, President and longtime local committee member Doug Rodgers dropped a note in my email inbox and provided an explanation.
“It’s actually the 38th annual fundraiser, and we can’t wait to see how big this year’s DU event will be,” said Rodgers, who is also one of the area’s top auctioneers.
With a string of good events going on in recent years, Rodgers and the Whitesboro DU Committee are optimistic about another all-out sale and a great banquet as the group gathers on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Ranch 82 venue in US Hwy. 82.
Starting at 6 p.m., the event will feature a variety of ticket options including youth (ages 17 and under) $20, adult single tickets for $50, adult couples tickets for $80, and two level tables. Sponsorship offers a variety of tickets and gifts. These include Mallard (with a $250 Bronze sponsorship ticket and 7 other tickets included) for $1,200 and the Canvasback tables (with a $500 Silver sponsorship ticket and 7 other tickets included) for $1,800.
For more information, call Rodgers at 903-814-5826, Dick Burch at 903-357-7754, or Aaron Park at 903-816-3354.
Hunters Extravaganza Approaches – If past history is any indication, on almost any day now, we can expect to see Christmas decorations ramping up in local stores.
But for Texas fishing enthusiasts, it’s not the idea of Christmas in July that excites them, it’s the idea of Santa Claus appearing at the biggest hunting fair of the year, an event that brings the same excitement that a big late-December morning will deliver just a few months from now.
That’s because August will once again bring the annual Hunters Extravaganzas across the Lone Star State as the Texas Trophy Hunters Association holds three events in the state’s three largest cities.
For August gatherings in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, the show floors will be packed with hunters looking for the newest, newest and greatest camouflage, deer booths, duck blinds, feeders, game cameras, ATVs, optics, game calls, and just about anything else you can think of where you loom. Fall hunting seasons are on the horizon a few weeks from now on the calendar.
The first 2022 Hunters Extravaganza event will take place in another three weeks when the show visits the NRG Center in Houston from August 5-7. This will follow a week later in Dallas as TTHA moves its pre-season hunting party to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center August 12-14. Finally, the schedule of all three events will end for the weekend of August 19-21 when the TTHA Final Show takes place in San Antonio at the Freedom Coliseum Expo Hall.
So, if you’re looking for a Christmas present in August — you know, one for a deer lease, blind duck, or birdie dog — mark these dates on the calendar.
And be sure to look for more details and information regarding the Big D Hunters Extravaganza event as it approaches next month. For now, you can find out more information by visiting the TTHA website at www.ttha.org.