2016-2017 Duck Seasons & Regulations

Youth-Only
High Plains Mallard Management Unit
Oct. 22 - 23, 2016
North Zone
Nov. 5 - 6, 2016
South Zone
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Regular Season
High Plains Mallard Management Unit
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Nov. 4, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
North Zone
Nov. 12 - 27, 2016
Dec. 3, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
South Zone
Nov. 5 - 27, 2016
Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
"Dusky" Duck
High Plains Mallard Management Unit
Nov. 7, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
North Zone
Nov. 17 - 27, 2016
Dec. 3, 2015 - Jan. 29, 2017
South Zone
Nov. 10 - 27, 2016
Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
Falconry
North Zone
Jan. 30 - Feb. 12, 2017
South Zone
Jan. 30 - Feb. 12, 2017

Bag Limits

Animal/MethodDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Duck 6 birds May include no more than:
  • 5 mallards (only two may be hens)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintail
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 "dusky" duck (including mottled duck, mexican like duck,
    black duck and their hybrids)
Three times daily bag limit
Merganser 5 birds May include no more than 2 hooded mergansers Three times daily bag limit
Coot 15 birds   Three times daily bag limit
Falconry 3 birds May include migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregate Three times daily bag limit

Duck Hunting Zone Map

High Plains Mallard Management Unit
That area of the state lying west of a line from the International Toll Bridge at Del Rio, thence north along U.S. Hwy. 277 to Abilene, State Hwy. 351 and State Hwy. 6 to Albany, and U.S. Hwy. 283 to Vernon, thence east along U.S. Hwy. 183 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line.
South Zone
That area of the state lying south of a line from the International Bridge and U.S. 277 Spur at Del Rio, thence east along U.S. 90 to San Antonio, thence east along IH 10 to the Texas-Louisiana state line.
North Zone
Remainder of the state.

Duck Hunting Regulations

Hunting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Dusky (Mottled) Duck Harvest Off-limits First Five Days

Duck hunters in Texas will have to keep an eye peeled for dusky ducks and fingers off the trigger during the first five days of the season again this year, as concern about the mottled duck populations have forced a delay in harvest. A dusky duck is defined as a mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding Texas and Louisiana to a harvest reduction of West Gulf Coast Population of mottled ducks, citing a need for additional conservation based on estimated population declines resulting from major storms in recent years and continued habitat loss.

Due to similarities in appearance, all dusky ducks will be off limits during the first five days of the season with a daily bag limit of one starting Nov. 10 in the South duck zone and Nov. 17 in the North duck zone. In the High Plains Mallard Management Unit, dusky ducks may not be taken until Nov. 7.

Youth Only Season

15 years of age or younger. Regular season bag limits apply for all legal species of geese, ducks, mergansers and coots. Dusky ducks are legal during the youth only season. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.

Falconry Season

A person holding a valid Texas falconry permit may take migratory game birds by means of falconry from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during open seasons listed herein and during the falconry seasons.

License Requirements

Hunting License

All migratory game bird hunters must have a valid hunting license.

Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane, and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.

Harvest Information Program

When you purchase a hunting license, indicate to the license clerk that you intend to hunt migratory game birds and need to be HIP certified by answering a few simple questions.


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