The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved several changes to the 2022 hunting regulations. Hunters looking to hunt in Texas this year should do their best to familiarize themselves with these new changes. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission would also like to remind hunters that season dates will be posted on the TPWD website. That website can be found by clicking here.

Below we will list the majority of these new Texas hunting changes.
  • The Commission has modified the proof of sex requirements for harvested buck deer. Likewise, they changed the definitions of “buck deer” and “antlerless deer.
  • They also have made have mandated buck and antlerless white-tailed deer harvest reporting in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties during white-tailed deer season.
  • Several mule deer changes were made. Firstly, they expanded mule deer antler restrictions to an additional 21 counties in the Panhandle. Secondly, they will extend the general mule deer season in 15 southwestern Panhandle counties from nine to 16 days and add a special archery season. Lastly, a mule deer antler restriction will be put in place in Terrell County within the Trans-Pecos.
  • Similar to the mule deer changes, the Texas Commission has added several waterfowl changes. There will now be a veteran and active-duty only special waterfowl season, this season will occur concurrently with the youth-only season in all duck zones. Secondly, they will modify the West Zone for goose hunting to open a week earlier than current goose hunting regulations. Lastly, they will combine the merganser and duck bag limit into a single daily bag limit. This bag limit will be set at 6 per day.
  • The Commission will close the turkey season east of IH-35 in Ellis County. this is being done to support ongoing restocking efforts along the Trinity River.

There are a few more changes that we didn’t cover here. However, you can read about those by clicking here. You can also read more about Texas hunting news by clicking here. Thanks for reading!

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