Goose Bag and Possession Limits

Bag Limits

SpeciesWestern ZoneEastern ZonePossession Limit

Dark Geese

5 dark geese, to include no more than two white-fronted geese.

5 dark geese, to include no more than two white-fronted geese.

Three times daily bag limit

Light Geese

20 in the aggregate.

20 in the aggregate.

No possession limit.

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.

    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.

    Area Closed to Hunting for Light Geese

    After March 3, 2013, 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'Conner (including Pelican Island), thence northwest along State Highway 185, thence southwest along State Highway 35 to Aransas Pass, thence southeast along State Highway 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.

    Identification - 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.

    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.