Statewide Youth Only Open Seasons

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has established statewide Youth Only open seasons for deer, turkey, squirrel and, with cooperation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, waterfowl. The purpose of these Youth Only open seasons is to provide youth with opportunities to learn about wildlife conservation through an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience and allow parents and mentors to introduce them to safe and responsible hunting. The Youth Only open seasons hunts are scheduled to occur at times when youth are out of school.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages experienced hunters to seek out youth and provide the guidance to make the event both enjoyable and educational for the beginning hunter.


Youth Only seasons for only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger. Special Hunting License Required (Type 169). include:

White-tailed Deer Youth-Only:

Age Restriction: In the applicable Special Youth-Only categories, only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer. Special Hunting License Required (Type 169).

October and January Special Youth-Only bag limit, take of antlerless deer, and special requirements: In Bowie, Brazos, Camp, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Madison, Morris, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Titus, Upshur, and Wood counties, the bag and permit requirements are the same as the period Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2013 for each respective county (see County Listings); and

Turkey-Youth Only:

(All counties with a fall general season for Rio Grande turkey):
Age Restriction: In the applicable counties, only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt turkey.

Bag Limit: As specified for the county during the Fall Rio Grande Turkey season (see County Listings).

NEW: Youth-Only Spring Season (Rio Grande turkey only): All counties with a 4-Turkey bag limit: North Zone, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 22-23, 2014 and May 17-18, 2014, and South Zone, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 8-9, 2014 and May 3-4, 2014.

Squirrel Youth Only:

Age Restriction: In the applicable counties, only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt squirrel.

Youth Only season for only licensed hunters 15 years of age or younger. Special Hunting License Required (Type 169). include:

Waterfowl Youth Only:

Please refer to your Outdoor Annual for more information.


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