New This Year for Hunting

Effective September 1, 2022

White-tailed Deer

  • New mandatory harvest reporting in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties.
  • Modified definitions of ”buck“ and ”anterless“ deer.
  • Modified proof of sex requirements for harvested buck deer.
  • New definitions of two types of commercial cold storage facilities.
  • Modified tagging, proof of sex, log procedures, and destinations for cold storage facilities.

Mule Deer

  • Expanded antler restrictions to additional 21 counties in the Panhandle and Terrell County in the Trans-Pecos.
  • Extended general season in 15 southwestern Panhandle counties from 9 to 16 days.


  • Special season added.


  • Veterans and active-duty special waterfowl hunting season established to occur concurrently during youth-only season in all duck zones.
  • Daily bag limit restrictions removed on hooded mergansers.
  • Merganser and duck daily bag limits combined into a single aggregate daily bag limit.


  • Season east of IH-35 in Ellis County closed.


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