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New in Regulations this Year

New in Hunting

  • New and expanded antlerless white-tailed deer seasons in certain counties
  • Legalization of arrow bow and arroww gun methods
  • Harvest reporting updates and more…
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New in Fishing

  • New Alligator gar regulations
  • Length and bag limit updates for bass at certain waterbodies
  • Streamlined bag limits for spotted seatrout
  • Red snapper management update and more...
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Paying it Forward: What Your Support Means in Texas

A Note From Executive Director Carter Smith

Carter Smith
Carter Smith

There are many reasons to be hopeful about hunting and fishing in Texas. One big reason is you. We cannot say THANK YOU enough to hunters, anglers and boaters for their many decades of support. We’re seeing a strong return on that investment, even with today’s conservation challenges.

For example, eastern wild turkeys have come back from a low of just 100 birds statewide in the 1940s to a healthy population that supports turkey hunting in 13 counties. We’re continuing with a “super stocking” approach to restore turkey in many more counties—efforts funded by licensed hunters.

On the coast, once abundant southern flounder are down by half since the 1980s. State fish hatcheries are now stocking more than 378,000 juvenile flounder in our bays every year, and two new facilities are being built to produce flounder year around.

In the Hill Country, biologists have worked for decades to save the Guadalupe bass from near extinction and, in the process, created a new river watershed approach to habitat management.

These breakthroughs are among many made possible with dollars from licensed anglers and registered boaters. Once again, thank you again for caring about our wild things and wild places. They need your support now more than ever!

Carter Smith
Executive Director,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual includes regulations for recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing and hunting in Texas. While Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) strives to provide accurate information in the Outdoor Annual, hunting and fishing regulations may change due to legislative or Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission actions. The Outdoor Annual Mobile App may automatically update to reflect published changes upon establishment of a data connection, but users should independently check the associated statutes and regulations to verify their accuracy. For commercial fishing regulations, see the "Commercial Fishing Guide". For more detailed information on game and fish regulations, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement offices, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 800-792-1112 or 512-389-4800 (Mon–Fri 8AM – 5PM).

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