From this story in the Cherokeean.com:
_The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is considering a regulation change that would close the spring Eastern turkey season in 15 East Texas counties in 2012. Counties being considered for hunting season closure and further restocking consideration include: Cherokee, Delta, Gregg, Hardin, Houston, Hunt, Liberty, Montgomery, Rains, Rusk, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Tyler and Walker. In 28 other counties, the decision would delay the spring Eastern turkey season by two weeks. To give the public an opportunity to weigh in on these considerations prior to any official proposed regulation change in 2012, TPWD is holding scoping meetings during the first week in January.
_In some areas, field observations indicate turkey populations continue to thrive and harvest data collected through mandatory check stations confirm ample hunting opportunity. But, in some counties, the telltale "gobble, gobble, gobble" of a big tom courting hens has gone silent, which has wildlife biologists concerned. "We use the data collected from mandatory check stations as a trigger point in identifying areas of concern and in some of these counties, like Smith County, we haven't had any harvest in 12 years," said Jason Hardin, TPWD's turkey program leader. "That tells us there are very few birds out there and we need to protect them, and where possible, go back into those counties and use our new super stocking program.