Proposal to change deer hunting in Grayson County

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- It's a hot topic amongst deer hunters in Grayson County--proposed changes to Grayson County's deer hunting laws.

About 150 people turned out for a meeting about the controversial proposal to allow gun hunting of deer in Grayson county during deer season.

Currently only bow hunting of deer is allowed, and the public had the chance to give the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department their input Thursday night at Grayson County College's Center for Workplace Learning.

Those in attendance were overwhelmingly opposed to changing the current law.

"My opinion is to keep it bow hunting only" says Brock Benson of the Grayson County Whitetail Association.

Most of the hunters who attended the meeting at the Grayson County College Center for Workplace Learning on Thursday night shared that opinion, and want to keep the county gun free, at least when it comes to deer.

"Grayson County is a special place that near and dear to our hearts. It’s a special opportunity for archers across Texas to put in for Hagerman and private land and to have that once in a lifetime chance to kill that 200-inch deer."

Directors and commissioners from Texas Parks and Wildlife were at the meeting to listen to hunters and share information.

Local bow hunters argued against the rifle season saying that there just aren’t enough deer to go around.

“We live in Grayson County, we hunt the whitetail, we know the population that we hunt, and we feel the population is not big enough to warrant a rifle season," resident William Plouche says.

Hunters also added that bow hunting not only preserves the deer population, it also preserves wild places for those who do not hunt.

"You get to see a lot more deer when you archery hunt. You can spend all day watching a bobcat or coyotes or 20 deer if you are in the right spot," bow hunter David Houseman says.

Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners will decide whether or not to have public hearing about a rifle season in Grayson County at their meeting on January 21.

TWPD will publish the public's proposals and they will be made available at a series of hearings around the state next spring. A final decision will be made by the commission in March.


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  • by Kenneth R. Bowers Location: Anna Texas on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    I believe that if you allow gun hunting in Grayson County you will destroy the deer population besides I hunt Grayson county and they are not that many deer and if you allow gun hunting are you thinking of the safty of other hunters around that could get shot a lot of people archery hunt and they are a lot of gun hunters that will take a shot at a trophy deer at a great distance in hope of getting a trophy with little respect to where his bullet goes that chance of getting a trophy Buck could come at a high price like someone getting shot is that what it will take to see that Grayson county is not ready for guns? I hope not and I hope who ever is making the decision will see that for now archery is the safest way if you think the deer population is to large get with Haggerman and have them to think about a 5 day hunt instead of a 2 day hunt thank you for letting me speak my thoughts.
  • by Concerned Location: Citizen on Jan 22, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Charlie, it's over. It's off the agenda. Give it up.
  • by Charlie on Jan 21, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    Resident, You failed to post where people were making these assumptions about me anyways. So I let them keep assuming and goaded them along a little bit just to have some fun with them. Hey if you are going to make unfounded statements you should be played on. I am not appologizing for it. They and you,I guess from what you have said deserved it if you are going to make statements about things you do not know are true. So yeah I pulled ya'lls leg with all that as hard as I could. I think it is funny and from as mad as some of you got did not. But, as far as this issue being over... I do not believe it is. They made a suggestion to keep it archery. The commission did not take it off the agenda yet. Sooo...... Who knows how it will go.. I am not done fighting for this yet. Have a good one and see ya'll in March.
  • by Happy Hunter Location: Sherman/Denison on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    As most of you know, at the Jan. 8th TPWD Public Scoping Meeting at Grayson County College, more than 230 local residents spoke out concerning their strong opposition to the petition last year that challenged TPWD's allowance of a general deer season in Grayson County with the means and methods of harvest restricted to archery and crossbow gear only. Earlier today in Austin, TPWD staff recommended to the TPW Commission that Grayson County remain archery only. Thank you to everyone who gave their opinion on this matter and especially to TPWD and the TPW Commission for listening to and hearing the voices of Grayson County residents on this matter.
  • by Resident on Jan 20, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Charlie on Texasbowhunter.com, "Oh, and on the rifle season I have heard that this guy has alot of money to go with his land and he has alot of big political allies. I was told by a friend of mine that this same guy is planning on getting Collin county opened up to a short 2 week shotgun season. They say that he does not play around when he wants something. That he has a way of finding things out about people to get what he wants. I don't usually like to spread rumors, but considering the source of my information. I believe my friend." http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45062&page=3&highlight=grayson county Writing about yourself in the third person?
  • by Concerned Location: Citizen on Jan 20, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    It's over. The people have spoken.
  • by Charlie on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    To all that want a firearm season. Josh Stevenson has made his email available for anyone to contact him on. Please take advantage of this. Property owner of Grayson County: I am not "Anonymous or Gun Hunter". I sign all my posts "Charlie". I guess you did not know that I made this petition on behalf of my father in law who is a land owner who pays taxes yearly. I know alot of people think that this is about the deer of "Grayson County", but as you may know the deer belong to all the people of the the State of Texas. Whoever pays their license fees every year pay for the conservation of these animals. So it will be what the people of the State of Texas want and not just (as Leroy Says) a few influential people want in Grayson County. Leroy Sir, a fight is only lost if you decide to lay down and give up. I don't like to lay down for no one. I do not like to lose. Plus I don't think they are as influential as you or they may think they are. FIRE ARM SEASON FOR GRAYSON COUNTY!
  • by Hard Truth on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Hey Mork, I hope you enjoyed "bambi" dancing along with his Chippendale's dance mates.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    Hey Gun Hunter & Hard Truth. I'll have you know I knew a dancer named Bambi once. She worked at the Red Dog Saloon in OKC. Chick was HOT! Save BAMBI!!!
  • by LIMP Location: POTTSBORO on Jan 16, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    RIFLE OR BUST!!!!!
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