2018-2019 Mule Deer Seasons & Regulations

Archery Only
Statewide Sept. 29 - Nov. 2, 2018
Brewster, Pecos, Terrell Counties Sept. 29 - Nov. 2, 2018
General Season
Panhandle Nov. 17 - Dec. 2, 2018
Southwestern Panhandle Nov. 17 - 25, 2018
Trans-Pecos Nov. 23 - Dec. 9, 2018
Brewster, Pecos, Terrell Counties Nov. 23 - Dec. 9, 2018

Buck Deer

A deer with a hardened antler protruding through the skin. Deer with antlers completely covered in velvet (protruding through the skin) are also considered buck deer. A buck deer must be tagged with a buck deer tag or applicable tag or permit. For tagging purposes, all other deer are antlerless deer, regardless of sex.

Mule Deer Bag Limits

Bag limits are established by county. No person may exceed the annual bag limit of two mule deer, no more than one of which may be a buck. The annual bag limit does not apply on MLDP properties.

Find your county to view bag limits and restrictions.

Special Antler Restriction

An experimental antler restriction for mule deer bucks applies in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall, and Motley counties:

  • a legal buck deer is defined as a buck with an outside spread 20 inches or greater.
  • any buck for which the outside spread of the main beams is less than 20 inches is NOT legal to harvest.
  • any buck with at least one unbranched antler (e.g., spike) is NOT legal to harvest, unless the outside spread of the main beams is at least 20 inches in width.

The average ear-tip to ear-tip spread of mule deer bucks standing in the alert position is 21 inches, as shown in the buck illustrations. The outside spread is estimated in a similar manner; however, the measurement is taken by using the outside spread of the main beams, as shown by the black arrows/dotted lines below. TPWD requests hunters to voluntarily present the entire head (intact) of any buck mule deer harvested in the experimental antler-restriction counties to a designated check station to help assess the experimental antler-restriction regulation.