Public Comment Sought on Proposed Changes to Hunting Regulations
March 2, 2018
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Public Comment Sought on Proposed Changes to Hunting Regulations

TPWD staff will present proposed changes March 6 on Facebook Live

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is now accepting public comment on a suite of proposed changes to this year’s hunting regulations, which include:

  • Standardize the general deer hunting season statewide to open the first Saturday in November and end on the third Sunday in January. Additionally, a proposal to open the special late season, muzzleloader season, and the late youth season on the first Monday following the third Sunday in January for 14 consecutive days. This proposal would also adjust concurrent turkey hunting seasons with the general deer season in the North Zone.
  • Allow the taking of alligators, game animals, non-migratory game birds and furbearers with air guns and air bows.
  • Remove references to the taking of antlerless deer by MLDP tag only on U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and river authority lands, and clarify in regulation that taking of antlerless deer is prohibited on U.S. Forest Service properties except during archery only season, muzzleloader season, special youth season, and during the four doe days on the LBJ National Grasslands in Montague and Wise counties.
  • Clarify in regulation that in each county with imposed antler restrictions that a person who takes a buck in violation of antler restrictions is prohibited from subsequently harvesting any buck deer with branched antlers on both main beams in that county during that current deer season.
  • Remove requirement minimums for certain archery equipment, including: broadhead hunting points, 125-pound pull for crossbows, crossbow stock length of 25 inches, and mechanical safety on crossbows.
  • Open a 9-day buck only mule deer hunting season (no archery season) in Lynn County.
  • Implement an experimental “antler-restriction” regulation for mule deer bucks in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall, and Motley counties.
  • Increase the possession limit from 2 to 3 times the daily bag limit for chachalaca, ring-necked pheasants, and squirrel.
  • Shorten the Eastern spring turkey hunting season in Bowie, Cass, Fannin, Grayson, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Red River, and Sabine by one week while retaining the current closing date of May 14. Staff also proposes closing the Eastern turkey season in Upshur and San Augustine counties.
  • Increase the daily bag limits on northern pintails from 1 to 2 per day during the 2018-19 duck hunting season.
  • Add dove hunting opportunity to the end of the late segment (December – January) of the North and Central Zones; and add a week to the early segment of the South Zone during the 2018-19 dove season.

Details on these proposals and options to provide public comment can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

Submit written comments to TPWD, attn. Hunting Regulations Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744 or in person during the March 22 public meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at TPWD headquarters in Austin prior to rulemaking.


TPWD staff will be presenting the proposed changes, and responding to questions and comments live on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Facebook page on Tuesday, March 6 at noon.

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