2020 – 2021 Hunting Season Dates

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Game Animals

Javelina

Javelina season dates
Season Zone Dates
General North Oct. 1 - Feb. 28
South Sep. 1 - Aug. 31

Mule Deer

Mule deer season dates
Season Zone Dates
General Panhandle Nov. 21 - Dec. 6
SW Panhandle Nov. 21 - Nov. 29
Trans-Pecos Nov. 27 - Dec. 13
Archery 59 of 254 counties Oct. 3 - Nov. 6

Pronghorn

Pronghorn season dates
Season Zone Dates
General 41 of 254 counties Oct. 3-11

Squirrel

Squirrel season dates
Season Zone Dates
General East Texas Oct. 1 - Feb. 28 & May 1-31
Other open counties Sep. 1 - Aug. 31
Youth-only East Texas Sep. 26-27

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer season dates
Season Zone Dates
General North Nov. 7 - Jan 3.
South Nov. 7 - Jan. 17
Special Late North Jan. 4-17
South Jan. 18 - Jan. 31
Archery 252 of 254 counties Oct. 3 - Nov. 6
Muzzleloader 90 of 254 counties Jan. 4-17

Upland Game Birds

Chachalaca

Chachalaca season dates


Season Zone Dates
Regular Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties Oct. 31 - Feb. 28

Pheasant

Pheasant season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Panhandle Dec. 5 - Jan. 3

Quail

Quail season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Oct. 31 - Feb. 28

Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey season dates
Season Zone Dates
Fall North Nov. 7 - Jan. 3
South Nov. 7 - Jan. 17
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties Nov. 7 - Feb. 28
Archery-only Oct. 3 - Nov. 6
Fall Youth-only North Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 & Jan. 4-17
South Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 & Jan. 18-31
Spring North April 3 - May 16
South Mar. 20 - May 2
One-turkey counties Apr. 1-30
Spring Youth-only North Mar. 27-28 & May 22-23
South Mar. 13-14 & May 8-9

Eastern Turkey

Eastern Turkey season dates
Season Zone Dates
Spring East Texas Apr. 22 - May 14

Migratory Game Bird

Dove

Dove season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular North Sep. 1 - Nov. 12 & Dec. 18 - Jan. 3
Central Sep. 1 - Nov. 1 & Dec. 18 - Jan. 14
South Sep. 14 - Nov. 1 & Dec. 18 - Jan. 23
Special White-winged Dove Days South Sep. 5, 6, 12, 13

Duck

Duck season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 & Nov. 6 - Jan. 31
North Nov. 14-29 & Dec. 5 - Jan. 31
South Nov. 7-29 & Dec. 12 - Jan. 31
Youth-Only High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 24-25
North Nov. 7-8
South Oct. 31 - Nov. 1

Goose

Goose season dates
Season Zone Dates
Early Canada Goose East Sep. 12- 27
Light & Dark Geese West Nov. 14 - Feb. 14
East Nov. 7- Jan. 31
Light Goose Conservation Order West Feb. 15 - Mar. 14
East Feb. 1 - Mar. 14

Rails, Gallinules & Moorehens

Rails, Gallinules & Moorehens hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Sep. 12-27 & Nov. 7 - Dec. 30

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular A Oct. 31 - Jan. 31
B Nov. 27 - Jan. 31
C Dec. 19 - Jan. 24

Snipe

Common season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Nov. 7 - Feb. 21

Teal

Teal hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
September Teal Only Statewide Sep. 12-27

Woodcock

Woodcock hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Dec. 18 - Jan. 31

Other Animals

Alligator

Alligator hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
General Core Sep. 10-30
Non-core Apr. 1-June 30

Rabbits and Hares

Rabbits and Hares hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide No closed season