2018-2019 Goose Seasons & Regulations

Early Canada Geese Season
East Zone Sept. 15 - 30, 2018
Light and Dark Geese
West Zone Nov. 3, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019
East Zone Nov. 3, 2018 - Jan. 27, 2019
Light Geese (Conservation Order)
West Zone Feb. 4 - Mar. 17, 2019
East Zone Jan. 28 - Mar. 17, 2019

Western Zone Bag Limits

AnimalDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Dark Geese Limits 5 birds No more than 2 white-fronted geese 3 times daily bag
Light Geese Limits 20 birds In the aggregate None
Conservation Order Light Geese Limits 20 birds In the aggregate None

Eastern Zone Bag Limits

AnimalDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Early Canada Geese Limits 5 birds In the aggregate 3 times daily bag
Dark Geese Limits 5 birds No more than 2 white-fronted geese 3 times daily bag
Light Geese Limits 20 birds In the aggregate None
Conservation Order Light Geese Limits 20 birds In the aggregate None

Goose Hunting Zone Map

Western Zone
West of a line from the International Toll Bridge at Laredo, north following IH-35 and 35W to Fort Worth, northwest along U.S. Hwy. 81 and 287 to Bowie, north along U.S. Hwy. 81 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line.
Eastern Zone
Remainder of the state.

Goose Hunting Regulations

Light Goose Conservation Order

During the Light Goose Conservation Order, the taking of light geese will be permitted by regulations established through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Order. Under the order, the following rules shall be in effect for the taking of light geese:

  • No daily bag or possession limits.
  • The use of electronic calls is legal.
  • Unplugged shotguns holding more than 3 shells are legal.
  • Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

The take of any other species of migratory game birds during the conservation order is unlawful.

Snow Goose and Ross's Goose Identification

  • 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.

See the complete migratory game bird regulations.

License Requirements

Hunting License

All migratory game bird hunters must have a valid hunting license.

Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane, and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.

Harvest Information Program

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.

Purchase a hunting license.