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2011-10-20 / General Stories

Voluntary Deer Check Stations

by Greg Pleasant Lee County Biologist

Deer check stations will be in place again this year across the 6 counties that started the Antler Regulations in 2002 (Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lavaca, Lee, and Washington). As you may remember, check stations were in place the first 6 years of the regulation, but have been absent the last 3 years. The information collected at these check stations will help Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) determine what effect the antler regulation is having on both antler quality and age structure of harvested deer.

Check stations will be manned by TPWD personnel for the first 2 weekends of gun season (November 5-6th, and 12th-13th). Additionally, hunters will be able to self-register harvested deer when TPWD personnel are not present. TPWD biologists may contact you after self-registering in order to obtain additional records from your deer. If possible, please retain jawbones from your deer and hang them in a safe location to air dry.

For folks who bring their deer to a check station, there will be a raffle for various prizes. Prizes include a Lifetime Hunting OR Fishing License, various guns, feeders, and knives. We encourage you to bring all harvested bucks to the check station, whether they are spikes, bucks just over 13 inches, or wall hangers.

The Check Stations for Lee County are at the following locations:

* Lexington – Herk’s Country Store, 8603 N Hwy. 77

* Dime Box – K&C Quick Stop, 4293 E Hwy. 21, (979) 884-0037.

* Giddings – Bread Basket Citgo, 791 N. Main St (979) 542- 7507.

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