SPORTS HEADLINES

Upcoming North Texas hunting seasons

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WHITETAIL DEER

Archery only
Sep. 28 – Nov. 1, 2013

General Season
Nov. 2, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014

Youth only
Early Youth-Only Season Oct. 26 – 27, 2013
Late Youth-Only Season Jan. 6 – 19, 2014

Late antlerless and spike
Jan. 6 – 19, 2014
Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, and no more than two antlerless, all seasons combined.

TURKEY

Archery only
Sep. 28 – Nov. 1, 2013

Youth only
Early Youth-Only Season Oct. 26 – 27, 2013
Late Youth-Only Season Jan. 18 – 19, 2014

General fall season
Nov. 2, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
Bag composition either sex
Bag limit: The annual bag limit for turkey, in the aggregate for all counties, is four, no more than one of which may be an Eastern turkey.

QUAIL

General season
Oct. 26, 2013 – Feb. 23, 2014
Daily bag limit: 15
Possession limit: 45

DUCK

Youth only
Oct. 26 – 27, 2013

General season
Nov. 2 – Dec. 8, 2013
Dec. 21, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2014
Daily bag limit: Three migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregate.
Possession limit: Nine migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregate.

Dusky Duck
Nov. 7 – Dec. 8, 2013
Dec. 21, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2014
Duck daily bag limit: Six in the aggregate. Including no more than five mallards (only two may be hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintail, two canvasback, and one “dusky” duck. For all other species not listed, the bag limit shall be six. Mottled duck, Mexican like duck, black duck and their hybrids are closed the first five days of the season in each zone.
Merganser Daily Bag Limit five in the aggregate, to include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Coot daily bag limit: 15 birds
Possession limit: Three times the daily bag limit

DOVE

General season
Sep. 1 – Oct. 23, 2013
Dec. 20, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
Daily bag limit: 15 white-winged, mourning and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, to include no more than two white-tipped
Possession Limit Three times the daily bag limit
Daily bag limit: Three in the aggregate
Possession limit: Three times the daily bag limit

GOOSE WEST ZONE: WEST OF US 81/287

Light and Dark Geese
Nov. 2, 2013 – Feb. 2, 2014

Light Geese
Feb. 3 – Mar. 23, 2014
Daily bag limit: Five Dark geese with no more than one White-fronted goose, 20 Light geese.
Possession limit: Dark geese three times the daily bag limit. Light geese, no possession limit.

GOOSE EAST ZONE: EAST OF US 81/287

Canada Geese
Season Sep. 14 – 29, 2013
Nov. 2, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2014

Light Geese
Nov. 2, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2014

Light Geese
Jan. 27 – Mar. 23, 2014

White-fronted Geese
Nov. 2, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Daily bag limit: Three Canada geese, two White-fronted geese, 20 Light geese.
Possession limit: Dark geese three times the daily bag limit. Light geese no possession limit.

Source: TPWD.state.tx.us

Dusck Season

DUCK SEASON – Hunters younger than 17 can start taking ducks Oct. 26 – 27, while the regular season begins Nov. 2 and lasts until Dec. 8 and begins again Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014. Young duck hunters also get another crack during the late season Jan. 18 and 19. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Hunting license info

GENERAL HUNTING LICENSE
$25
Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal.

YOUTH HUNTING LICENSE
$7
For any resident or non-resident, under 17.

SENIOR RESIDENT HUNTING
$7
Valid only for residents 65 years of age and older.

ANNUAL PUBLIC HUNTING PERMIT
$48

UPLAND GAME BIRD STAMP ENDORSEMENT
$7
Required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail or chachalaca.

DUCK STAMP
$17
Required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.

TEXAS MIGRATORY GAME BIRD STAMP ENDORSEMENT
$7
Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane and woodcock).

ARCHERY STAMP ENDORSEMENT
$7
Required to hunt deer or turkey during an archery-only open season.

HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION
$15

Every hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Certification information can be obtained at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/online-course.

Source: TPWD.state.tx.us

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