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The 2015-2016 information can be found here at the Wildlife Department Website.

Turtle & Bullfrog Regulations

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Turtle Regulations

Turtles may be taken in all waters with a resident or nonresident fishing license with the provisions listed below. Turtles taken with a firearm require a hunting license. Turtles may be taken year-round provided that:

  • no more than six tur­tles per day are taken;
  • shooting of tur­tles on federal reservoirs is pro­hib­it­ed;
  • terrestrial (land) turtles may not be sold;
  • taking of the western chicken turtle, map turtle, painted and razor-backed musk turtles and/or al­li­ga­tor snapping turtle is pro­hib­it­ed;
  • the Wichita Moun­tains NWR is closed to turtle harvest;
  • all soft-shell turtles greater than 16 inches front to back must be returned to water immediately.
  • no aquatic turtles may be sold or purchased without the proper commercial turtle harvester or buyer’s license.

Note: The above regulations apply to the non-commercial harvest of turtles. Separate regulations govern the commercial harvest of turtles.

Bullfrog Regulations

Bullfrogs may be taken with hook and line, gig, spear, bow and arrow or other methods, except firearms, under a res­i­dent or nonresident fishing license. Bull­frogs taken with a firearm require a hunting license. Bullfrogs may be taken year-round provided that:

  • no more than 15 bull­frogs per day are taken;
  • bullfrogs may not be sold or shipped out of state;
  • the Wichita Mountains NWR is closed to bullfrog harvest.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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