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Texas Waterfowl Hunting

Season / Zone Dates Notes
High Plains Mallard Mgmt Unit
Oct 31 – Nov 1
Nov 6 – Jan 31
West of a line from the Int’l Toll Bridge at Del Rio, north along US-277 to Abilene, TX-351 and TX-6 to Albany, and US-283 to Vernon, east along US-183 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line
Oct 31 – Nov 29
Dec 12 – Jan 24
South of a line from the Int’l Toll Bridge and US-277 Spur at Del Rio, east along US-90 to San Antonio, east along I-10 to the Texas-Louisiana state line
Nov 7 – Nov 29
Dec 12 – Jan 31
Remainder of the state
Feb 1 – Feb 14 North and South zones only
Youth Only
High Plains: Oct 24 – Oct 25
North: Oct 31 – Nov 1
South: Oct 24 – Oct 25
Note on Dusky ducks Mottled, Mexican-like and black duck, as well as their hybrids (collectively known as Dusky ducks), are off-limits during the first five days of the season in all zones
September Teal Sep 12 – Sep 27
Early Canada Geese Sep 12 – Sep 27 East zone only
Light and Dark Geese
Oct 31 – Jan 31 West of a line from the Int’l Toll Bridge at Laredo, north following IH-35 and 35W to Fort Worth, northwest along U.S. Hwy. 81 and 287 to Bowie, north along U.S. Hwy. 81 to the TX-OK state line.
Light and Dark Geese
Nov 7 – Jan 31 Remainder of the state
Light Goose Conservation Order Feb 1 – Mar 20

Additional Information

Bag Limit Species Daily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Duck 6, including no more than:

  • 5 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 “Dusky” duck
Coot 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Merganser 6
Teal 15
Dark Goose 5, including no more than 2 white-fronted geese
Light Goose 20, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation Order No bag or possession limits
Hunting Times Area / Season Times
Statewide 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Light Goose Conservation Order 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic