POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 5:27pm
Tyler, TX — Texas Legislature passed a bill so dogs can assist hunters right here in East Texas.
Now hunters will get a new set of eyes and paws.
Hunters using dogs to track deer has been around for years in Texas, but it has been banned in some East Texas counties since 1990.
What was once illegal in 12 East Texas counties has been lifted.
This season you will be able to use your dog to trail a deer once it's been shot.
""The law states to track a wounded deer, a wounded deer means a deer that is leaving a blood trail. You cannot pursue a deer that is not wounded that would be considered hunting deer which is still illegal state wide in Texas," says Brad Clark, Game Warden, Texas Parks and Wildlife.
A new rule change was approved in august-- texas parks and wildlife commission approved for hunters will be allowed to use up to two dogs to track wounded deer.
Game Warden, Brad Clark tells KETK, the law was lifted for 12 East Texas counties: Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker.
"There are still 10 counties in east texas where it's still illegal to trail wounded deer," says Clark.
Those counties are Angelina, Hardin, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby and Tyler counties.
"If you been a hunter, and you shoot a deer and it happens to run off you want to be able to recover that deer not for the sportsman side but for the ethical side," says Clark.
Clark tells KETK, hunters are pretty happy about this new change.
"The whole idea is to track the deer on a fair chase and hopefully make a one shot kill but if the animal is cripple and down you don't want to lose the animal," says George Colvin, Deer Hunter of Tyler.
George Colvin of Tyler has been deer hunting for years and says it's great that this rule has expanded to more East Texas counties.
This new law goes into effect september 28th when deer bow hunting season starts.