Texas Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Bag game large and small during Texas hunting seasons. A variety of hunting seasons, including youth hunt days and special firearms seasons are available. And, game like alligator, pronghorn, deer and javelina make for an exciting hunting experience.

Texas hunting licenses can be purchased online, or from a variety of businesses located throughout the state. The state offers a license options for both resident and nonresidents. Permits are required for many game hunts, and can also be found online.

Texas’ Parks and Wildlife Department offers several beneficial programs for hunters. By purchasing a public hunting permit, hunters have access of close to one million acres of land, available for year-round hunting. Texas has 49 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) available for hunting and recreational use.

The Public Hunt Drawing System randomly selects hunters for special permits to hunt in specific regions or specific animals, including feral hogs, pronghorn, alligator and turkey. Additionally, guided hunts and youth only hunt drawings are available.

White-tailed Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 30-Nov. 3
Firearms Nov. 4-Jan. 21*
Muzzleloader Jan. 8-21
Special Late Season Jan. 8-Feb. 4*
Youth Hunt Oct. 28-29
Jan. 8-21

*Season start and end dates may vary by region. Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more details.

Alligator Seasons

Fall Season Sept. 10-30
Spring Season Apr. 1-June 30

Alligator seasons vary by region. Check out the details on the Texas Parks and Wildlife before heading out on your hunt.

 

Mule Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 30-Nov. 3*
General Season Nov. 18-Dec. 10*

*Season start and end dates may vary by region. Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more details.

Pronghorn Seasons

General Season Sept. 30-Oct. 8

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey, General Season
(Rio Grande Turkey)
Archery only: Sept. 30-Nov. 3
Nov. 4-Jan. 21*
Fall Turkey, Youth Hunt Oct. 28-29
Jan. 8-21
Spring Turkey, General Season Mar. 17-May 13*
Spring Turkey, Youth Season North Zone: Mar. 24-25
North Zone: May 19-20
South Zone: Mar. 10-11
South Zone: May 5-6

*Season start and end dates may vary by region. Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more details.

Javelina Seasons

General Season North Zone: Oct. 1-Feb. 25
South Zone: Sept. 1-Aug. 31

Small Game Seasons

Dove Sept. 1-Nov. 12*
Dec. 15-Jan. 7*
Squirrel East Texas: Oct. 1-Feb. 25, May 1-31
Other Open Counties: Sept. 1-Aug. 31
Youth Season: Sept. 23-24
Pheasant Dec. 2-31
Quail Oct. 28-Feb. 25
Chachalaca Nov. 4-Feb. 25
Rabbit and Hare Open Season

*Season start and end dates may vary by region. Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more details.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Texas hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.