State regulations can be more restrictive than Federal regulations. Waterfowl baiting regulations apply to ducks, geese, swans, coots, and cranes. Federal regulations are more restrictive for waterfowl hunting than for hunting doves and other migratory game birds. You should carefully review the Federal regulations.
The special South Texas white-winged dove hunting area season would be Sept. 6-7, Sept. 13-14, Sept. 19 to Oct. 20 and Dec. 19 to Jan. 21. TPWD has proposed a 16-day statewide teal season, mirroring those of recent years, which would run Sept. 13-28, while the proposed east zone early Canada goose season would run the same dates.
The refuge is open for early teal and regular waterfowl seasons in accordance with Texas State regulations. No fees are charged and no special use permits are required for hunting these areas. Approximately 4,000 acres are open for hunting on Christmas Point Hunting Area (southeast of the Intracoastal Waterway), which can be reached by boat.
North Texas Waterfowl is located in the heart of the Central Flyway, which starts in central Canada and stretches to the Gulf of Mexico. The Central Flyway is massive, covering more than one million square miles across North America’s interior.
Texas will continue to see liberal hunting season dates and even more liberal bag limits under waterfowl frameworks issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The duck count remained well above the overall long-term average coming in at just less than 46 million birds during this year’s summer report.
We also offer Early Season Texas Teal Hunts. We flood up countless acres of water for the September season. Teal hunting is definitely a Texas tradition. Our Texas ducks hunts take place over countless managed moist soil impoundments as well as flooded rice and bean fields.
Texas Waterfowl Season Forecast Reduced bag limits for pintails; goose population continues to flounder. The general duck hunting season kicks off in the Panhandle Oct. 26 and the forecast is good. NOTE: Bag limit for pintails has been reduced to 1 per day.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized this year's waterfowl seasons at its Aug. 25 public hearing as Texas entered uncharted territory for most days with 100 degree plus temperatures. Any rainfall prior to the Nov. 5 waterfowl season opener would be a welcome sight for an anticipated banner migration of ducks.