New This Year: Hunting
Effective September 1, 2016
- Longest dove seasons in all zones in over 80 years, an increase from 70 days to 90 days.
- Season dates in North and South Duck Zones and West Goose Zones changed.
- Potential additional areas added for mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease testing of hunter killed white-tailed deer and mule deer. For details see the CWD informational page.
- “Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” replaced with a “Special Late Season” for antlerless deer and “unbranched antlered bucks.”
- Youth may harvest antlerless deer without a permit on U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons.
- White-tailed deer general and special archery-only seasons in 14 additional Panhandle counties.
- Additional “doe days” in 26 East Texas counties.
- Muzzleloader-only late season in 32 additional counties.
Effective September 1, 2015
- Eastern turkey season is closed in 11 counties and on national forest lands in Jasper County.
- Eastern turkeys now reported electronically.
- Mandatory harvest reporting will no longer be required in Wharton and Matagorda Counties during the 30-day spring turkey season, which opens there April 1.
- Youth-only late turkey season is expanded by 12 days in counties having a fall Rio Grande turkey season, to run 14 days concurrently with late youth-only white-tailed deer season.