Tagging Deer

A tag from the hunting license of the person who killed the deer must be correctly and legibly completed (including name of property and county) and immediately attached to the animal (exception is properties with issued tags such as MLD tags).

The hunter MUST:

  • use the specific type of deer (for example, buck tags must be used only on buck deer, antlerless tags on antlerless deer, etc.).
  • have the month and date of kill clearly cut out on the tag by notching the respective month and day. Do not “ink out.”
  • immediately complete, date and cut out the appropriate hunting license tag after a deer is harvested but before the deer is field dressed, moved or tagged.
  • for white-tailed deer, immediately before moving carcass, complete the log, in ink, on the back of the hunting license. Asterisks in the log indicate bucks with an inside main beam spread of at least 13 inches. Failure to complete the log as required may result in a fine not to exceed $500 for each deer improperly logged.

Completion of the log is not required for mule deer, or for white-tailed deer or mule deer lawfully taken under a MLDP tag, TPWD Special Drawn Public Hunt permit, or on a Big Time Texas Hunt.

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Where to Attach Tag to Deer

The tag may be attached anywhere on a deer so that it is not damaged, defaced, or lost in transporting or handling. For deer, the appropriate tag or permit must remain attached until the deer reaches its final destination and is quartered. If deer’s head is severed from the carcass (body), then the appropriate tag or permit must remain attached to its carcass. Proof of sex. If the head does not accompany the carcass, then the head must be accompanied by a Wildlife Resource Document.

Tip: Remember that if the head and the carcass are separated, the tag from the hunting license goes with the meat and the WRD goes with the head.

Read the tag use description on your license carefully before attaching to harvested deer.

It is UNLAWFUL to:

  • use a tag from another person’s license or allow anyone to use your tags.
  • use a tag more than one time (or on more than one deer).
  • use an incorrect tag on a deer or turkey (example: mule deer tag used on a white-tailed deer, etc.)

Tags to Use on Deer Only

Tag NumberSpeciesDeer TypeCounties That Tag is Valid
5 White-tailed Deer Antlerless ONLY Any county during an open season for white-tailed deer.
6 White-tailed Deer Antlerless ONLY Any county during an open season for white-tailed deer.
7 White-tailed Deer Buck or Antlerless Any county during an open season for white-tailed deer.
8 White-tailed Deer Buck or Antlerless Any county during an open season for white-tailed deer.
9 White-tailed Deer Buck or Antlerless Any county during an open season for white-tailed deer.
10 Mule Deer Antlerless Only Valid ONLY during archery-only special season in Brewster, Pecos, or Terrell counties
11 Mule Deer Buck or Antlerless Valid for bucks in any county during any open mule deer season AND for antlerless deer during archery-only special season in Brewster, Pecos, or Terrell counties

White-tailed Deer Notice: Tags #5 and #6 are for white-tailed deer antlerless only. Tags #7, #8, and #9 are for white-tailed deer buck or antlerless. The white-tailed deer tags on the license may be used in any county during an open season for white-tailed deer. Be aware that if Tags #7, #8, and #9 are used on does, you will no longer be allowed a buck that deer season.

Mule Deer Notice: The mule deer tags on the hunting license ARE NOT mule deer permits and MAY NOT be used in lieu of mule deer permits when required.

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