Texas Considers Expanding Bow-Hunting

State regulators to consider proposal to expand hunting to control deer population

By Catherine Ross
|  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 6:41 PM CDT
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State wildlife officials consider allowing bow-hunting in parts of Collin County in an effort to control the rising deer population.

Catherine Ross, Plano Reporter

State wildlife officials consider allowing bow-hunting in parts of Collin County in an effort to control the rising deer population.

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For sportsmen and women, hunting in Texas often means a road trip out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Most city ordinances ban any kind of hunting in urbanized areas, with only a few exceptions.

However, it could soon be open season in Dallas, Rockwall and Collin counties for bow-hunting deer if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves a change in regulations.

An overpopulation of deer in the area is leading to a spike in vehicle-deer wrecks.

"It's terrible," hunter Kelly Blackall said. "We see them all over the road, all of the time. It's such a waste."

Bow-hunting in densely populated areas is less of a concern because arrows generally travel only 30 yards before falling to the ground.

The commission will formally consider the proposal in 2012, which means arrows could be flying in DFW by next fall.

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