New this year for hunting, fishing

Effective Sept. 1, 2021, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced changes that may affect some Texas hunters and fishermen. New This Year: Hunting

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

• New CWD Zones and check stations may be established in and around Hunt, Kaufman, Lubbock, Matagorda, Uvalde and Van Zandt counties.

Turkey Hunting

• New mandatory reporting for wild turkeys in south central Texas.

• Alignment of the North and South Zone boundaries for the spring and fall hunting seasons of wild turkeys.

• Closing of Panola County to Eastern turkey hunting.

Dove Hunting

• Expansion of the Special White-winged Dove Days in the South Zone from 4 to 6 days.

Pronghorn Season

• Elimination of the pronghorn experimental season and extension of the general pronghorn season from 9 to 16 days.

Squirrel Hunting

• Additional squirrel hunting opportunities in previously closed counties.


• Alignment of chachalaca and quail hunting season dates.

Public Hunting

• More public hunting opportunity with the addition of Caddo Lake NWR and Neches River NWR to TPWD’s Public Hunting Program. New This Year: Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

• Allow additional methods to legally possess exotic species such as tilapia and grass carp.

• Modified length and bag limits for blue and channel catfish statewide and at specific locations.

Saltwater Fishing

• Allow the use of up to three crab traps per angler in currently restricted areas of Aransas County. Traps must be securely attached to fixed object such as docks, piers or bulkheads.

• Clarify red snapper bag limits. Anglers may never have more than four red snapper in their possession while fishing.

• Entire Flounder fishery closed Nov. 1–Dec. 14.

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