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Texas Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Texas, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunting areas. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Texas big game species are whitetail deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope. The state is also excellent for multiple subspecies of squirrel, and it’s one of the few places you can hunt javelina.

Terrain

Texas’s terrain includes canyons, islands, valleys, and extinct volcanoes. There are four major landforms in Texas: hills, mountains, plains, and plateaus. Expansive plains cover most of the Gulf Coast, the Panhandle, North Texas, South Texas, and West Texas.

Texas Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Alligator
Alligator – 2nd Season
Apr 1, 2023 Jun 1, 2023
Alligator
Alligator – 1st Season
Sep 10, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat
Jan 1, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
Jan 1, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Mule Deer Archery
Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Whitetail Archery
Statewide.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Whitetail Early Youth
Statewide.
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Dove
Dove – Early Central
Central Zone
Sep 1, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Dove
Dove – Early North
North Zone
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Dove
Dove – Early South
South Zone
Sep 14, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Duck
Duck – Teal
See Regulations.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth only High Plains
High Plains Mallard Management Unit.
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth only South
South Zone
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Duck
Duck – High Plains Regular 1
High Plains Mallard Management Unit.
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Duck
Duck – South Zone Regular 1
South Zone
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth only North
North Zone
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – South Dusky Duck 1
South Zone
Nov 10, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – North Zone Regular 1
North Zone
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – North Dusky Duck 1
North Zone
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Goose
East Zone.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Goose
Goose – East Conservation Order
East Zone.
Jan 30, 2023 Mar 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – West Conservation Order
West Zone.
Feb 6, 2023 Mar 12, 2023
Hog
Hog
Open all year.
Jan 1, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Javelina
Javelina – South Zone
South Zone.
Sep 1, 2022 Aug 31, 2023
Pronghorn
Pronghorn
Oct 2, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbits and Hares
Open all year
Jan 1, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth South 1
Rio Grande Turkey. South Zone.
Mar 11, 2023 Mar 12, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring South Zone
Rio Grande Turkey. South Zone.
Mar 18, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth North 1
Rio Grande Turkey. North Zone.
Mar 25, 2023 Mar 26, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring North Zone
Rio Grande Turkey. North Zone.
Apr 1, 2023 May 14, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Select Counties
Bag limit 1 Rio Grande Turkey. Check regulations for select counties.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Eastern Turkey
Eastern Wild Turkey. East Texas.
Apr 22, 2023 May 14, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth South 2
Rio Grande Turkey. South Zone.
May 6, 2023 May 7, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth North 2
Rio Grande Turkey. North Zone.
May 20, 2023 May 21, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Only

Rio Grande Turkey. Statewide.

Sep 30, 2023 Nov 3, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Youth Only North 1

Rio Grande Turkey. Statewide.

Oct 28, 2023 Oct 29, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Youth Only South 1

Rio Grande Turkey. South Zone.

Oct 28, 2023 Oct 29, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall North Zone
Rio Grande Turkey. North Zone.
Nov 4, 2023 Jan 7, 2024
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Select Counties
Rio Grande Turkey. Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties.
Nov 4, 2023 Feb 25, 2024
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall South Zone
Rio Grande Turkey. South Zone.
Nov 4, 2023 Jan 21, 2024
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Youth Only North 2
Rio Grande Turkey. Statewide.
Jan 8, 2024 Jan 21, 2024
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Youth Only South 2
Rio Grande Turkey. North Zone.
Jan 22, 2024 Feb 4, 2024
Upland Bird
Chachalaca
Oct 28, 2023 Feb 25, 2024
Upland Bird
Woodcock
Dec 18, 2023 Jan 31, 2024

Texas Hunting Regulations

Alligator

Alligator

Bag Limit

The bag limit in non-core counties is one alligator per person per license year. In core counties you must posses a CITES tag in order to hunt Alligator.

Antelope

Antelope

Pronghorn – Permit Only

The harvest of pronghorn is by permit only. The permit must be completely filled out and attached to the pronghorn immediately following harvest. Permits are issued to landowners or their agents in areas where there are huntable populations (Trans-Pecos, Permian Basin and Panhandle). See more information about pronghorn permits.

NOTE: It is the hunter’s responsibility to verify the permits are issued to the property where they are hunting.

Big Game

Deer

Shooting Hours

Thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset.

Deer

Deer

White-tailed Deer – 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.

Mule Deer – Statewide 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.

Furbearers

Furbearers

Commercial Harvest

  • Nutria: September 1 – August 31
  • Beaver: October 1 – May 31
  • All other furbearers: November 1 – March 31
  • No bag or possession limit

Fur-bearing Animal Means & Methods

Fur-bearing animals may be legally taken with:

  • Firearms, foothold, body grip, live or box traps, dogs, snares, lawful archery equipment, electronic or hand-held calls, artificial light, falconry, air guns with a minimum size of .30 caliber, and arrow guns (some prohibitions on airguns apply)

Recreational Harvest

  • September 1- August 31
  • Fur-bearing animals taken as a result of recreational harvest may not be sold
  • No bag or possession limit

Fur-bearing Animals Include

Badger, Beaver, Fox, Mink, Muskrat, Nutria, Opossum, Raccoon, Otter, Skunk, and Ring-tailed cat

Javelina

Javelina

Bag Limits

Two per license year.

Migratory Birds

Dove

Dove – North Zone Bag Limit

North Zone Daily Bag Limit: 15 birds (No more than 2 white-tipped)

Possession Limit: 3 times daily bag

Rails, Gallinules and Moorhens – Bag Limits

King & Clapper Rails: Daily limit: 15 birds in the Aggregate 

  • Possession Limit: 45 Birds in the aggregate. 

Sora & Virgina Rails: Daily Limit: 25 Birds in the aggregate

  • Possession Limit: 75 Birds in the aggregate.  

Moorhens (Common Gallinules) & Purple Gallinules: Daily limit: 15 birds in the Aggregate 

  • Possession Limit: 45 Birds in the aggregate.

Woodcock – Bag Limit

Daily limit: 3 Birds

Possession limit: 9 Birds.

Legal Shooting Hours

From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

During the Special White-winged Dove Days: noon to sunset.

Wilson’s Snipe (Common snipe or Jacksnipe) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8 birds

Possession Limit: 24 birds

Dove – Central Zone Bag Limit

Central Zone Daily Bag Limit: 15 birds (No more than 2 white-tipped)

Possession Limit: 3 times daily bag

Dove – South Zone Bag Limit

South Zone Daily Bag Limit: 15 birds (No more than 2 white-tipped)

Possession Limit: 3 times daily bag

Dove – South Zone Special White-winged Dove Days

Special White-winged Dove Days Daily Bag Limit:15 birds (No more than 2 mourning doves and 2 white-tipped doves)

Possession Limit: 3 times daily bag

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Game Type

Zone C Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 2 birds

Possession Limit: 6 birds

Zone B Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 birds

Possession Limit: 9 birds

Zone A Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 birds

Possession Limit: 9 birds

Nontoxic Ammunition Requirement

Sandhill Cranes MAY be taken with lead shot. However, Wildlife Management Areas and Federal Wildlife Refuges have special regulations requiring nontoxic shot for ALL game bird hunting, including Sandhill Cranes.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Sheep

Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep – Permit Only

The harvest of desert bighorn sheep (DBS) is by permit only. Permits are issued to landowners or their agents. A limited number of permits are also available through “Big Time Texas Hunts”, and other public hunting opportunities.

No person may possess a DBS ram skull obtained after Sept. 1, 2003, unless the skull has been plugged by TPWD or the individual has proof that the skull was legally obtained outside of Texas. Skulls found in the wild may be possessed, provided the individual did not cause or participate in the death of the ram, and TPWD is notified within 48 hours of the skull/horns being found. Individual horns and hornless skulls may be possessed without identification or documentation.

Small Game

Small Game

Rabbits & Hares

There are no closed seasons, bag limits or possession limits; and, rabbits and hares may be hunted at any time by any lawful means or methods on private property.

Squirrel – Bag Limits

  • General season counties (East Texas): 10
  • Youth-only season: 10
  • Counties with year-round season: No bag limit

Shooting Hours

Thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset.

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Bag Limits

Turkey bag limits are determined by county. Please reference county regulations to determine bag limit for where you are hunting. 

Upland Bird

Upland Bird

Shooting Hours

Thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset.

Quail – Bag Limit

Bobwhite quail, Scaled quail (blue quail) and Gambel’s quail. No open season for Mearn’s (Montezuma) quail.

Daily Bag Limit: 15 birds

Possession Limit: 45 birds

Upland Game Bird Endorsement is required to hunt quail.

Chachalaca – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5 birds

Possession Limit: 15 birds

Upland Game Bird Endorsement is required to hunt chachalaca.

Pheasant – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 cocks

Possession Limit: 9 cocks

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Geese – Eastern Zone Bag Limits

  • Early Canada Geese Limits: 5 birds in the aggregate. Possession limit is 15.
  • Dark Geese Limits: 5 birds (No more than 2 white-fronted geese). Possession limit is 15.
  • Light Geese Limits: 10 birds In the aggregate. No possession limit.
  • Conservation Order Light Geese Limits: No bag or possession limit.

Geese – Western Zone Bag Limits

  • Dark Geese – Daily Bag Limit: 5 birds (No more than 2 white-fronted geese) Possession limit is 15.
  • Light Geese – Daily Bag Limit:10 birds. Possession Limit: None
  • Conservation Order Light Geese – Daily Bag Limit: None. Possession Limit: None

Coot Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15 birds

Possession Limit: Three times daily bag limit

Merganser Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5 birds May include no more than 2 hooded mergansers

Possession Limit: Three times daily bag limit

Duck Limit

6 (includes mergansers)

Includes no more than:

  • 5 mallards (only two of which may be hens)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 scaup
  • 1 pintail
  • 1 “dusky” duck (mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids are closed the first five days of the season in each zone)

All other species not listed: 6

Early Teal – Bag Limit

6 in the aggregate

Nontoxic Ammunition Requirement

Nontoxic ammunition is required for hunting waterfowl.

Legal Shooting Hours

From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

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Texas Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Texas hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Texas hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Texas hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunting areas, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Texas.

Hunting Areas & Zones

Bag limits for Texas’s hunting areas are determined by each county, but no hunter can take more than five whitetail deer, three of which can be antlered. Each hunting area is defined by species and geographic region. Be sure to know the regulations for each area you hunt. Click below to view Texas’s hunting areas in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

TX Private Lands Preview

TX Private Lands

Over 10,000,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Texas. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

TX Gov Lands Preview

TX Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 9,000,000 acres in Texas to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

TX Possible Access Preview

TX Possible Access

onX has mapped 2,700,000 acres of possible access lands in Texas including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

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TX Hunt Zones Preview

TX Hunt Zones

Texas Hunt Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 14 Sublayers

  • Alligator Hunt Zones
  • Chachalaca Hunt Zones
  • Dove Hunt Zones
  • Duck Hunt Zones
  • Goose Hunt Zones
  • Javelina Hunt Zones
  • Mule Deer Hunt Zones
  • Pheasant Hunt Zones
  • Sandhill Crane Hunt Zones
  • Fall Turkey Hunt Zones
  • Whitetail Deer Hunt Zones
  • Spring Turkey Hunt Zones
  • Whitetail Special Late Season Hunt Zones
  • Whitetail Muzzleloader Hunt Zones
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TX Public Hunt Areas

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Public Hunting Program shows Wildlife Management Areas and State Parks. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program.

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