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Texas

Hunting

Duck Seasons & Limits

Youth-Only

High Plains Mallard Management Unit

Oct. 23 - 24, 2021

North Zone

Nov. 6 - 7, 2021

South Zone

Oct. 30 - 31, 2021

Regular Season

High Plains Mallard Management Unit

Oct. 30 - 31, 2021
Nov. 5, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

North Zone

Nov. 13 - 28, 2021
Dec. 4, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

South Zone

Nov. 6 - 28, 2021
Dec. 11, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

"Dusky" Duck

High Plains Mallard Management Unit

Nov. 8, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

North Zone

Nov. 18 - 28, 2021
Dec. 4, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

South Zone

Nov. 11 - 28, 2021
Dec. 11, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022

Falconry

North Zone

Jan. 31 - Feb. 14, 2022

South Zone

Jan. 31 - Feb. 14, 2022

Bag Limits

Animal/MethodDaily Bag LimitDaily Bag AggregatePossession Limit
Duck6 birdsMay include no more than:
  • 5 mallards (only two may be hens)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 scaup
  • 1 pintail
  • 1 "dusky" duck (mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids are closed the first five days of the season in each zone)
  • All other species not listed: 6
Three times daily bag limit
Merganser5 birdsMay include no more than 2 hooded mergansersThree times daily bag limit
Coot15 birds Three times daily bag limit
Falconry3 birdsMay include migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregateThree times daily bag limit
Bag limits for duck, merganser, and coot

Duck Hunting Zone Map

High Plains Mallard Management UnitWest of a line from the International Toll Bridge at Del Rio, north along U.S. Hwy. 277 to Abilene, State Hwy. 351 and State Hwy. 6 to Albany, and U.S. Hwy. 283 to Vernon, east along U.S. Hwy. 183 to the Texas-Oklahoma state line.South ZoneSouth of a line from the International Bridge and U.S. 277 Spur at Del Rio, east along U.S. 90 to San Antonio, east along IH 10 to the Texas-Louisiana state line.North ZoneRemainder of the state.

Duck Hunting Regulations

Legal Shooting Hours

From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

See sunrise and sunset computations.

Dusky (Mottled) Duck Harvest Off-limits First Five Days

Duck hunters in Texas will have to keep an eye peeled for dusky ducks and fingers off the trigger during the first five days of the season again this year, as concern about the mottled duck populations have forced a delay in harvest. A dusky duck is defined as a mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding Texas and Louisiana to a harvest reduction of West Gulf Coast Population of mottled ducks, citing a need for additional conservation based on estimated population declines resulting from major storms in recent years and continued habitat loss.

Due to similarities in appearance, all dusky ducks will be off limits during the first five days of the Regular Season. Dusky ducks can be hunted beginning five days after the start of the Regular Season for the North Zone, South Zone and the High Plains Mallard Management Unit. See table above for legal dusky duck hunting dates.

Youth Only Season

16 years of age or younger. Regular season bag limits apply for all legal species of geese, ducks, mergansers and coots. Dusky ducks are legal during the youth only season. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. A Federal Ducks Stamp is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

Falconry Season

A person holding a valid Texas falconry permit may take migratory game birds by means of falconry from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during open seasons listed herein and during the falconry seasons.

License Requirements

Hunting License

All migratory game bird hunters must have a valid hunting license.

Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane, and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.

Harvest Information Program

When you purchase a hunting license, indicate to the license clerk that you intend to hunt migratory game birds and need to be HIP certified by answering a few simple questions.

Purchase a hunting license.