White-tailed Deer2023-2024 Seasons & Regulations

Season Dates & County Regulations

Archery Only

All counties with an open season
Sept. 30 - Nov. 3, 2023

General Season

North Zone
Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024
South Zone
Nov. 4, 2023 - Jan. 21, 2024


North Zone
Oct. 28 - 29, 2023
Jan. 8 - 21, 2024
South Zone
Oct. 28 - 29, 2023
Jan. 8 - 21, 2024


Jan. 8 - 21, 2024

Special Late

North Zone
Jan. 8 - 21, 2024
South Zone
Jan. 22 - Feb. 4, 2024

Statewide Bag Limits

Bag limits are established by county. No person may exceed the annual bag limit of five white-tailed deer, no more than three of which may be bucks. The annual bag limit does not apply on MLDP properties.

Find your county to view specific limits.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting for White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer harvested and tagged with a hunting license tag in the counties listed below during any open season (archery, general muzzleloader, and youth) must be reported within 24 hours of harvest via the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile application or online version.

Counties with mandatory buck and antlerless deer harvest reporting: Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Rockwall.

Counties with mandatory antlerless deer harvest reporting: Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Comal (East of I-35), De Witt, Fayette, Goliad (North of US 59), Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays (East of I-35), Jackson (north of US 59), Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Travis (East of I-35), Victoria (North of US 59), Waller, Washington, Wharton (North of US 59), and Wilson.

Definition of Buck Deer

A deer with an antler point protruding through the skin, or with antler growth in velvet greater than one inch. For tagging purposes, all other deer are antlerless deer, regardless of sex.

Special Antler Restrictions

Antler restrictions apply in certain counties. In these counties, the bag limit is two legal bucks, but only ONE may have 2 branched antlers and an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. In these counties, a legal buck deer is defined as a buck deer with:

  • at least one unbranched antler; or
  • an inside spread of 13 inches or greater (unbranched antlered bucks may be of any width and do not count against the limit of ONE buck 13” or greater).
  • It is unlawful to take more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater or with two branched antlers (i.e. a person who takes a buck in violation of the antler restriction regulation is prohibited from harvesting any buck deer with branched antlers on both main beams in that county during that hunting season).

    The distance from the tip of one ear to the tip of the other ear, when the ears are in the “alert” position may be used as a guide to help estimate the inside spread. If the inside spread extends past the ears, it is likely to be at least 13 inches.

    Find your county to determine if there are antler restrictions.

    Determining Inside Spread

    To determine if a buck has an inside spread measurement of at least 13 inches, look at the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip on a buck with ears in the "alert" position.

    legal buck deer has at least one unbranched antler or minimum inside spread of 13 inches

    Definition of a Point

    A projection that extends at least one inch from the edge of a main beam or another tine. The tip of the main beam is also a point.

    one inch points are legal, but a seven eights inch projection is not a point

    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

    CWD is a fatal disease that has been discovered in white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and red deer in localized portions of Texas. To detect and manage this disease, the department has designated CWD Zones.

    Hunters who harvest mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, or other exotic CWD-susceptible species within the CWD Zones are required to bring their animals to a TPWD check station within 48 hours of harvest. Hunters must check each animal harvested and receive a CWD receipt before taking any part of that animal from the CWD Zone, including any meat or quartered parts.

    Additional regulations may apply and additional zones may be established without prior notice anywhere in the state upon discovery of CWD. The department will make every effort to publicize the designation and location of CWD Zones and check stations, as well as any special regulations that may be adopted following the publication of this notice. For the latest updates, call (800) 792-1112 or visit the CWD information pages. A hunter who harvests a CWD-susceptible species outside a CWD Zone and wishes to have the animal tested for CWD should contact a wildlife biologist in that area.

    Please report any symptomatic CWD-susceptible species to your local Texas Game Wardens or a Wildlife Biologist.

    Find check stations, view CWD zones and learn more about CWD.

    Tagging a Deer

    Hunters in possession of a digital license and tags should refer to Digital Licenses and Tagging for tagging instructions.

    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 special-issued tags such as MLDP tags).

    See how to properly tag a deer.

    Special Late Season

    In counties with a Special Late Season, harvest is restricted to antlerless and unbranched antlered deer (a buck with at least one antler that has no more than one point). A point is a projection that extends at least one inch from the edge of a main beam or another tine. The tip of the main beam is also a point.

    Find your county for detailed regulations.

    Youth-Only Seasons

    Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger are eligible to participate in youth-only deer seasons.

    See Youth-Only Hunting Regulations

    Find your County for Youth-Only Hunting Seasons

    White-tailed Deer Hunting Zone Map

    Map of Texas counties with white-tailed deer hunting seasons.

    Restricted Areas in Counties & Federal Lands

    It is the responsibility of the hunter to be aware of unlawful means and methods in specific county areas and applicable regulations on federal lands.

    See Restricted Areas in Counties & Hunting on Federal Lands

    Related Hunting Regulations

    After Killing a Deer

    Proof of Sex

    Processing in Camp

    Cold Storage, Processing and Taxidermy

    Chronic Wasting Disease

    Transfer & Importation of Wildlife

    Restricted Areas in Counties