Duck Seasons, Bag Limits and Regulations

Zone Map

Migratory Game Bird Regulations

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.

Bag Limits

Species or MethodDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit

Early Teal

6 birds

May include:

  • blue-winged
  • green-winged
  • cinnamon teal

Three times daily bag limit


6 birds

No more than:

  • 5 mallards (only two may be hens)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 "dusky" duck (including mottled duck, mexican like duck,
    black duck and their hybrids)

Three times daily bag limit


5 birds

No more than:

  • 2 hooded mergansers

Three times daily bag limit


15 birds

Three times daily bag limit


3 birds

May include migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregate

Three times daily bag limit

Hunting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

License Requirements

All migratory game bird hunters must have a valid hunting license. Non-residents under 17 years of age are designated as residents and may hunt with a resident license. Hunters 17 years of age or older must have a driver’s license or personal identification certificate (issued by the Department of Public Safety) on their person while hunting. Non-residents must have similar documents issued by the agency in the state or country of which the person is a resident that is authorized to issue driver’s licenses or personal identification certificates.

Harvest Information Program

No person shall hunt migratory game birds in this state unless that person is certified in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) in Texas. 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. The letters "HIP" should appear on your license to indicate that you have been HIP certified.

The Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a federally mandated program to improve information about the harvest of all migratory game birds. Anyone who purchases a hunting license or any migratory bird hunting endorsements will be asked a few simple questions about their migratory bird hunting activities. For additional information about HIP, call (512) 389-4505.

See the complete migratory game bird regulations.