2016-2017 Goose Seasons & Regulations

Early Canada Geese Season
East Zone
Sept. 10 - 25, 2016
Light and Dark Geese
West Zone
Nov. 5, 2016 - Feb. 5, 2017
East Zone
Nov. 5, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
Light Geese (Conservation Order)
West Zone
Feb. 6 - Mar. 19, 2017
East Zone
Jan. 30 - Mar. 19, 2017

Bag Limits

Western Zone

AnimalDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Dark Geese 5 birds No more than 2 white-fronted geese 3 times daily bag
Light Geese 20 birds In the aggregate None
Conservation Order Light Geese 20 birds In the aggregate None

Eastern Zone

AnimalDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Early Canada Geese 5 birds In the aggregate 3 times daily bag
Dark Geese 5 birds No more than 2 white-fronted geese 3 times daily bag
Light Geese 20 birds In the aggregate None
Conservation Order Light Geese 20 birds In the aggregate None

Goose Hunting Zone Map

Western Zone
That area of the state lying west of a line from the International Toll Bridge at Laredo, thence north following IH-35 and 35W to Fort Worth, thence northwest along U.S. Hwy. 81 and 287 to Bowie, thence north along U.S. Hwy. 81 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line.
Eastern Zone
Remainder of the state.

Goose Hunting Regulations

Area Closed to Hunting

After March 5, 2017, it is unlawful to take light geese in Refugio, Calhoun and Aransas counties on the seaward side of a line beginning at the Gulf of Mexico at Port O’Connor (including Pelican Island), thence northwest along State Hwy. 185, thence southwest along State Hwy. 35 to Aransas Pass, thence southeast along State Hwy. 361 to the Port Aransas Channel, thence east along the Corpus Christi Channel, thence southeast along the Aransas Channel to the Gulf of Mexico.

This closure does not apply to the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area.

Light Goose Conservation Order

During the Light Goose Conservation Order special season, the following rules shall be effect for the taking of light geese:

  • The use of electronic calls is legal.
  • Unplugged shotguns holding more than 3 shells are legal.
  • No daily bag or possession limits.
  • Shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.
  • Light Geese shall include only Snow (including blue) and Ross' geese.

Snow Goose and Ross's Goose

  • White with black wingtips.
  • Wingspan: 3 to 4 feet.
  • Short legs.
  • Rapid wingbeat.
  • Flocks of 20 to hundreds.

Hunting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset except during the Light Goose Conservation Order.

See the complete migratory game bird regulations.

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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