2021 – 2022 Hunting Season Dates

Seasons by Category

Public Hunting & Drawn Hunts

Game Animals

Javelina

Javelina season dates
Season Zone Dates
General North Oct. 1 - Feb. 27
South Sep. 1 - Aug. 31

Complete javelina regulations

Mule Deer

Mule deer season dates
Season Zone Dates
General Panhandle Nov. 20 - Dec. 5
SW Panhandle Nov. 20 - Nov. 28
Trans-Pecos Nov. 26 - Dec. 12
Archery 59 of 254 counties Oct. 2 - Nov. 5

Complete mule deer regulations

Pronghorn

Pronghorn season dates
Season Zone Dates
General 41 of 254 counties Oct. 2-17

Complete pronghorn regulations

Squirrel

Squirrel season dates
Season Zone Dates
General East Texas Oct. 1 - Feb. 27 & May 1-31
Other open counties Sep. 1 - Aug. 31
Youth-only East Texas Sep. 25-26

Complete squirrel regulations

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer season dates
Season Zone Dates
General North Nov. 6 - Jan. 2
South Nov. 6 - Jan. 16
Youth-only North Oct. 30-31 & Jan. 3-16
South Oct. 30-31 & Jan. 3-16
Special Late North Jan. 3-16
South Jan. 17-30
Archery 252 of 254 counties Oct. 2 - Nov. 5
Muzzleloader 90 of 254 counties Jan. 3-16

Complete white-tailed deer regulations

Upland Game Birds

Chachalaca

Chachalaca season dates


Season Zone Dates
Regular Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties Oct. 30 - Feb. 27

Complete chachalaca regulations

Pheasant

Pheasant season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Panhandle Dec. 4 - Jan. 2

Complete pheasant regulations

Quail

Quail season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Oct. 30 - Feb. 27

Complete quail regulations

Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey season dates
Season Zone Dates
Fall North Nov. 6 - Jan. 2
South Nov. 6 - Jan. 16
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties Nov. 6 - Feb. 27
Archery-only Oct. 2 - Nov. 5
Fall Youth-only North Oct. 30-31 & Jan. 3-16
South Oct. 30-31 & Jan. 17-30
Spring North April 2 - May 15
South Mar. 19 - May 1
One-turkey counties Apr. 1-30
Spring Youth-only North Mar. 26-27 & May 21-22
South Mar. 12-13 & May 7-8

Eastern Turkey

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

Complete turkey regulations

Migratory Game Bird

Dove

Dove season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular North Sep. 1 - Nov. 12 & Dec. 17 - Jan. 2
Central Sep. 1 - Oct. 31 & Dec. 17 - Jan. 14
South Sep. 14 - Oct. 31 & Dec. 17 - Jan. 21
Special White-winged Dove Days South Sep. 3-5 & Sept. 10-12

Complete dove regulations

Duck

Duck season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 30-31 & Nov. 5 - Jan. 30
North Nov. 13-28 & Dec. 4 - Jan. 30
South Nov. 6-28 & Dec. 11 - Jan. 30
Youth-Only High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 23-24
North Nov. 6-7
South Oct. 30-31

Complete duck regulations

Goose

Goose season dates
Season Zone Dates
Early Canada Goose East Sep. 11- 26
Light & Dark Geese West Nov. 13 - Feb. 13
East Nov. 6- Jan. 30
Light Goose Conservation Order West Feb. 14 - Mar. 13
East Jan. 31 - Mar. 13

Complete goose regulations

Rails, Gallinules & Moorhens

Rails, Gallinules & Moorehens hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Sep. 11-26 & Nov. 6 - Dec. 29

Complete rail, gallinule & moorhen regulations

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular A Oct. 30 - Jan. 30
B Nov. 26 - Jan. 30
C Dec. 18 - Jan. 23

Complete sandhill crane regulations

Snipe

Common season dates
Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Nov. 6 - Feb. 20

Complete snipe regulations

Teal

Teal hunting seasons and dates
Season Zone Dates
September Teal Only Statewide Sep. 11-26

Complete teal regulations

Woodcock

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

Complete woodcock regulations

Other Animals

Alligator

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

Complete alligator regulations

Rabbits and Hares

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

Complete rabbit and hare regulations