2018-2019 Youth-Only Seasons & Regulations

Youth-Only Seasons

Duck

South Zone
Oct. 27 - 28, 2018
High Plains Mallard Management Unit
Oct. 20 - 21, 2018
North Zone
Nov. 3 - 4, 2018

Squirrel

East Texas
Sept. 29 - 30, 2018

Turkey

North Zone
Oct. 27 - 28, 2018
Jan. 7 - 20, 2019
Rio Grande - North Zone
Mar. 23 - 24, 2019
May 18 - 19, 2019
Rio Grande - South Zone
Mar. 9 - 10, 2019
May 4 - 5, 2019
South Zone
Oct. 27 - 28, 2018
Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2019

White-tailed Deer

North Zone
Oct. 27 - 28, 2018
Jan. 7 - 20, 2019
South Zone
Oct. 27 - 28, 2018
Jan. 7 - 20, 2019

About Youth-only Seasons

  • Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger are eligible to participate in youth seasons which generally occur before (or directly after) general hunting seasons.
  • Youth-only hunting seasons occur for turkeys, squirrels, white-tailed deer, and waterfowl.
  • Youth-only waterfowl season requires the youth to be accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older.
  • Special requirements, bag limits, and restrictions may apply for youth-only white-tailed deer hunting seasons.

Youth Licensing Requirements

A Youth Hunting License (Type 169) is valid for the entire license year regardless if the 17th birthdate occurs during the license year. However, ONLY individuals 16 years of age or younger are allowed to participate in Youth-Only seasons.

Purchase a youth hunting license.

White-tailed Deer

  • Age Restriction: ONLY licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger are eligible to participate in youth-only deer seasons.
  • Youth-only seasons may run concurrently with other seasons (Archery, Muzzleloader, Special Late) but do not prevent any person from lawfully hunting under the provisions established for those seasons.
  • Any lawful means may be used, except in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties, where lawful means are restricted to lawful archery equipment only (crossbows prohibited except for youth with upper limb disability).
  • Bag Limits, take of antlerless deer, and special requirements:
    • In Bell (E. of I-35), Delta, Ellis, Falls, Fannin, Franklin, Freestone, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Limestone, Milam, Navarro, Rains, Smith, Titus, Van Zandt, Williamson (E. of I-35) and Wood counties, the bag limits, requirements for the take of antlerless deer, and special requirements are the same for each respective county. See county listings.

Turkey

(All counties with a fall general season for Rio Grande turkey):

  • October Special Youth-Only Season: Firearms are lawful, as well as the applicable archery-only legal means.
  • January Special Youth-Only Season: All legal methods are allowed.
  • Bag Limit: As specified for the county during the Fall Rio Grande Turkey season. See county listings).
  • Youth-Only Spring Season (Rio Grande turkey only): All counties with a 4-Turkey bag limit.

Waterfowl

  • Special duck, goose, merganser and coot season for youth hunters: Two additional days per zone for youth hunters 16 years of age or younger. Regular season bag limits apply. Youth hunters who are not Hunter Education certified must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 18 years of age who meets the Hunter Education requirements. Adults may not hunt ducks, mergansers or coots (except for falconry) but may participate in other open seasons.

Squirrel

  • September Special Youth-Only Season - 16 years of age and under: In all counties that have an October through February open squirrel season. See county listings.