Duck hunting in Texas is one of the most popular seasons among hunters across the state. When November hits, hunters flood into fields, ponds, lakes, rivers, and the coast, shotgun in hand. If you’re new to duck hunting regulations in Texas, here are all the regulations from bag limits to zones and dates. The regulations listed below are for the 2022/2023 season but will be updated when information for 2023/2024 is released.
How people hunt ducks can vary greatly across the state but the same basic rules apply. For a hunter to legally hunt ducks in Texas, they must buy a license if they are 16 or older. Additionally, hunters must purchase a Migratory Bird Endorsement and Federal Duck Stamp. With those few things out of the way here is what you need to know about Texas duck season.
In Texas, every game animal has a season, bag limit, and other regulatiosn that can vary by geography. The geographic regions are known as zones. In Texas There are three main zones know as the High Plains Mallard Management Unit, South Zone, and North Zone. The zones are defined on the TPWD website as follows:
West 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 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.
Remainder of the state.
Hunting Ducks in Texas can be done during four different seasons. The four seasons are Youth-Only, Regular Season, “Dusky” Duck, and Falconry Season. TPWD lays out the various seasons as follows.
High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Oct. 22 - 23, 2022 North Zone: Nov. 5 - 6, 2022 South Zone: Oct. 29 - 30, 2022
High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Oct. 29 - 30, 2022, Nov. 4, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023 North Zone: Nov. 12 - 27, 2022, Dec. 3, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023 South Zone: Nov. 5 - 27, 2022, Dec. 10, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023
High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Nov. 7, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023 North Zone: Nov. 17 - 27, 2022, Dec. 3, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023 South Zone: Nov. 10 - 27, 2022, Dec. 10, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023
North Zone: Jan. 30 - Feb. 13, 2023 South Zone: Jan. 30 - Feb. 13, 2023
Texas Duck Season Daily Bag Limits
6 - includes mergansers Includes no more than 5 mallards (only 2 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) Coot: 15 Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit Falconry: Daily bag and possession limits can’t exceed 3 and 9 migratory game birds, singly or in aggregate.
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