APPROVED HUNTING REGULATIONS IN TEXAS – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved hunting regulations for the 2020-2021 season. Hunters are encouraged to be aware of these changes before heading afield during the upcoming season.
Hunting Regulation Changes
The following changes to the 2020-21 Statewide Hunting Proclamation have been approved:
- Automated processing of pronghorn and antlerless mule deer applications and permits.
- Clarification of open season dates and bag limits for migratory game birds.
- A decrease in the daily bag limit for scaup (from three to one) in all zones.
- A decrease in the daily bag limit for light goose (from twenty to ten) during regular season, in both zones.
- A shift in goose season in the Western Zone to one week later than previous years.
- A shift in snipe hunting season to two weeks later than previous years.
Information about the approved changes and hunting season dates for the 2020-2021 seasons can be found on the TPWD website.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Zone Changes
To further detection and control of CWD upon white-tailed deer, the TPW Commission has implemented changes to management zones. A Containment Zone (CZ) and a Surveillance Zone (SZ) will be placed in Val Verde County.
After the discovery of CWD within Kimble County, a new SZ has been implemented as well as an expansion of the current CZ in Medina, Bandera, and Uvalde counties. These changes come after the detection of the disease within these counties.
Updates to Fishing Regulations
Additionally, the TPW Commission implemented several changes to state fresh and saltwater fishing regulations. These include new largemouth bass length limits along with an update to the harvest regulation for black and white crappie by removing the current 10-inch minimum length limit.
Details of new regulations will be included in the 2020-21 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Outdoor Annual and will be posted online mid-August per usual practice.
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