2019-2020 Mule Deer Seasons & Regulations

Archery Only
Statewide Sept. 28 - Nov. 1, 2019
Brewster, Pecos, Terrell Counties Sept. 28 - Nov. 1, 2019
General Season
Panhandle Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, 2019
Southwestern Panhandle Nov. 23 - Dec. 1, 2019
Trans-Pecos Nov. 29 - Dec. 15, 2019
Brewster, Pecos, Terrell Counties Nov. 29 - Dec. 15, 2019

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.

Definition of 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.

Special Antler Restriction

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

  • a legal buck deer is defined as a buck with an outside antler 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 antler 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.

outside spread of 20 inches or greater is legal but smaller outside spreads or at least one unbranched antler are illegal to harvest

For more information on the experimental mule deer antler restriction, including a map of the areas covered, harvest check station locations and incentives to hunters who check their harvest, see Experimental Mule Deer Antler Restriction.