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Hunting season dates

Javelina season dates

Season Zone Dates
General North Oct. 1 – Feb. 26
South Sep. 1 – Aug. 31
Mule deer season dates

Season Zone Dates
General Panhandle Nov. 19 – Dec. 4
Trans-Pecos Nov. 25 – Dec. 11
Archery 59 of 254 counties Oct. 1 – Nov. 4
Pronghorn season dates

Season Zone Dates
General 41 of 254 counties Oct. 1-16
Squirrel season dates

Season Zone Dates
General East Texas Oct. 1 – Feb. 26 & May 1-31
Other open counties Sep. 1 – Aug. 31
Youth-only East Texas Sep. 24 – 25
White-tailed deer season dates

Season Zone Dates
General North Nov. 5 – Jan. 1
South Nov. 5 – Jan. 15
Special Late North Jan. 2-15
South Jan. 16-29
Youth-Only North Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
South Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
Archery 252 of 254 counties Oct. 1 – Nov. 4
Muzzleloader 90 of 254 counties Jan. 2-15
Chachalaca season dates

Season Zone Dates
Regular Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties Oct. 29 – Feb. 26
Pheasant season dates

Season Zone Dates
Regular Panhandle Dec. 3 – Jan. 1
Quail season dates

Season Zone Dates
Regular Statewide Oct. 29 – Feb. 26
Rio Grande Turkey season dates

Season Zone Dates
Fall North Nov. 5 – Jan. 1
South Nov. 5 – Jan. 15
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties Nov. 5 – Feb. 26
Archery-only Oct. 1 – Nov. 4
Fall Youth-only North Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 2-15
South Oct. 29-30 & Jan. 16-29
Spring North April 1 – May 14
South Mar. 18 – Apr. 30
One-turkey counties Apr. 1-30
Spring Youth-Only North Mar. 25-26 & May 20-21
South Mar. 11-12 & May 6-7
Eastern Turkey season dates

Season Zone Dates
Spring East Texas Apr. 22 – May 14
Dove season dates

Season Zone Dates
Regular North Sep. 1 – Nov. 13 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 1
Central Sep. 1 – Oct. 30 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 15
South Sep. 14 – Oct. 30 & Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
Special White-winged Dove Days South Sep. 2-4 & Sept. 9-11
Duck season dates

Season Zone Dates
Regular High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 29-30 & Nov. 4 – Jan. 29
North Nov. 12-27 & Dec. 3 – Jan. 29
South Nov. 5-27 & Dec. 10 – Jan. 29
Youth/Veterans High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 22-23
North Nov. 5-6
South Oct. 29-30
Goose season dates

Season Zone Dates
Early Canada Goose East Sep. 10- 25
Light & Dark Geese West Nov. 5 – Feb. 5
East Nov. 5- Jan. 29
Light Goose Conservation Order West Feb. 6 – Mar. 12
East Jan. 30 – Mar. 12

Texas Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website sells hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for both resident and non-resident hunters in the state. Click below to view the website.

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

Hunting Areas & Zones

Each county sets its own bag limits for its hunting areas in Texas; however, a hunter is only allowed to take five whitetail deer, three of which may be antlered. Each hunting area is defined by species and geographic region. Make sure you are aware of the rules in every area where you hunt. To view an interactive map of Texas’s hunting areas in greater detail, click the link below.

when does bird hunting season start

The onX team has mapped over 10,000,000 parcels; this layer makes it easier to identify Texas property owners. To find out more about the owner and acreage, tap any parcel.

when does bird hunting season start

With over 9,000,000 acres of Gov Lands in Texas, onX has the most accurate maps of these areas. Not all government lands provide access; before replicating anything, make sure you follow the rules.

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2,700,000 acres of potential access lands in Texas, including timber companies and land conservation organizations, have been mapped by onX. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

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Texas Hunt Zones. Kindly hunt sensibly, follow all signs, and enjoy a secure, authorized hunt.

  • 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

when does bird hunting season start