2018-2019 Rails, Gallinules and Moorhens Seasons & Regulations

Regular Season
Statewide Sept. 15 - 30, 2018
Nov. 3 - Dec. 26, 2018
Falconry
Statewide Jan. 28 - Feb. 11, 2019

Bag Limits

AnimalHunt TypeDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit
King and Clapper Rails Regular 15 birds
in the aggregate
45 birds
in the aggregate
Falconry 3 birds
in the aggregate
9 birds
in the aggregate
Sora and Virginia Rails Regular 25 birds
in the aggregate
75 birds
in the aggregate
Falconry 3 birds
in the aggregate
9 birds
in the aggregate
Moorhens (Common Gallinules) and Purple Gallinules Regular 15 birds
in the aggregate
45 birds
in the aggregate
Falconry 3 birds
in the aggregate
9 birds
in the aggregate

Hunting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

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.