Approved Texas Hunting Regulation Changes for 2018-2019

Texas Hunting Regulation Changes

If you are hunting in Texas, you will see several hunting regulation changes this fall. Therefore, we will discuss these approved Texas hunting regulation changes for  2018-2019.

Texas Hunting Regulation Changes Approved

The details below were approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and will be take effect for this year’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual.

The following modifications and clarifications to the 2018-19 Statewide Hunting Proclamation:

  • The general dove season will open in the South Zone on September 14. This is the earliest start date for the region since 1950.
  • The Eastern spring turkey season will also be shortening by one week while retaining the current closing date of May 14. This will be in effect for the following:
    • Bowie
    • Cass
    • Fannin
    • Grayson
    • Jasper
    • Lamar
    • Marion
    • Nacogdoches
    • Newton
    • Panola
    • Polk
    • Red River
    • Sabine
  • The Commission also approved closing the Eastern turkey season in Upshur and San Augustine counties.
  • In addition, there will be a 9-day buck-only mule deer season opening in Lynn County with no special archery season.
  • There will also be a set of 2-inch minimum outside antler spread of the main beams restriction on mule deer bucks in the following counties:
    • Briscoe
    • Chidlress
    • Cottle
    • Floyd
    • Motley
    • Hall
  • Clarify that deer antler restriction regulations that state in each county where antler restrictions are imposed, an individual 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.
  • Lastly, The Commission adopted changes that simplified archery regulations. They will be removing requirements for broadhead hunting points to have two cutting edges, as well as a cutting width of 7/8 of an inch. Also, there was removal of the minimum pull requirement of 125 and the minimum crossbow stock length of 25 inches.

Proposal Re-Evaluation

In addition to those above, there was also a proposal re-evaluation. After re-evaluating a proposal that would permit the use of air guns and arrow guns to take specific game animals, game birds, alligators and furbearers, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has repealed the previous rule they adopted in March.

In addition, they requested staff to modify their recommendations and propose new rules for consideration by the Commission at their next meeting in August.

These are just brief explanations of the approved Texas hunting regulation changes for 2018-2019. You can view the Texas hunting season dates for 2018-2019 seasons on the TPDWD website. Contact us with the link below to order your customized hunting blinds!

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