This year the ongoing, extreme drought is forcing the Brazos River Authority to limit the locations available for waterfowl hunting blinds at its three reservoirs.
Because of low water levels, none of the hunting blind sites at Possum Kingdom and Granbury lakes are suitable for hunting. The BRA is indefinitely postponing the drawings at these two reservoirs, in hopes that rains in the fall may improve conditions. If the situation changes for the better, BRA may announce drawings later in the season at Possum Kingdom and Granbury lakes.
Fortunately, hunting sites are available at Lake Limestone. The drawing will take place at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the BRA lake office, 20226 Sterling Robertson Dam Road in Thornton.
BRA authorizes the hunting sites, but hunters must provide their own blinds. Hunting will only be allowed at these BRA blind sites. Participants must stay within 20 feet of the marked area while hunting. Up to four people may share a blind area.
To be eligible for the drawing, each person must be at least 18 and have a Texas Hunting License for the 2013-14 season. The license must have a Texas duck stamp endorsement as well as a current federal waterfowl stamp attached to the back.
Participants must be present at the drawing to claim their blind sites. Only one entry is allowed per person and one site per entry. A $200 permit fee, paid by check or money order only, is required at the time of the drawing for those selected for a site.
During the drawing, the first chosen will have first pick of sites followed by the others, drawn in order.
For more information on the Lake Limestone drawing, contact the lake office at 903-529-2141.
Check back at the BRA's website, www.brazos.org, and Facebook page for any changes on the status of hunting sites at PK and Granbury.
To learn more about Texas hunting laws, including information about hunting licenses and seasons, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual.