2014 - 2015
New Regulations take effect Sept. 1, 2014. Download a PDF of the current 2013-14 Outdoor Annual.

Youth-Only Seasons & Regulations

Youth-Only Seasons

Duck

Duck

Duck

Squirrel
Sept. 27 - 28, 2014

Turkey
Oct. 25 - 26, 2014
Jan. 17 - 18, 2015

Turkey
Mar. 28 - 29, 2015
May 23 - 24, 2015

Turkey
Oct. 25 - 26, 2014

Turkey
Mar. 14 - 15, 2015
May 9 - 10, 2015

Turkey
Oct. 25 - 26, 2014

White-tailed Deer
Oct. 25 - 26, 2014
Jan. 5 - 18, 2015


About Youth-only Seasons

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.

Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer during a youth-only season.

White-tailed Deer

  • October Special Youth-Only Season: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, 2014. The season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer. All legal hunting means and methods are allowed, except in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties where hunting is by archery equipment only and crossbows.
  • January Special Youth-Only Season: Jan. 5-18, 2015. The season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer. All legal hunting means and methods are allowed, except in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties, where hunting is by archery equipment only and crossbows.
  • Special Requirements: In Anderson, Brazos, Camp, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Grimes, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Leon, Madison, Morris, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties, the bag and permit requirements are the same as the period Nov. 27-30, 2014 for each respective county (see County Listings). 
  • In a county where antlerless deer may be taken only by permit, a permit is required to take antlerless deer during the youth seasons.

Turkey

(All counties with a fall general season for Rio Grande turkey):

  • October Special Youth-Only Season: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, 2014. Firearms are lawful, as well as the applicable archery-only legal means.
  • January Special Youth-Only Season: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, 2015. All legal methods are allowed.
  • Bag Limit: As specified for the county during the Fall Rio Grande Turkey season (see County Listings).
  • Youth-Only Spring Season (Rio Grande turkey only): All counties with a 4-Turkey bag limit: North Zone, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 28-29, 2015 and May 23-24, 2015, and South Zone, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 14-15, 2015 and May 9-10, 2015.

Waterfowl

  • SPECIAL DUCK, GOOSE, MERGANSER AND COOT SEASON FOR YOUTH HUNTERS: 2 additional days per zone for youth hunters 15 years of age or younger. Regular season bag limits apply. Youth hunters who are not Hunter Education certified must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 18 years of age who meets the Hunter Education requirements. Adults may not hunt ducks, mergansers or coots (except for falconry) but may participate in other open seasons.

Squirrel

  • September Special Youth-Only Season - 16 years of age and under: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, 2014 in all counties that have an Oct. 1,2014 - Feb. 22,2015 open squirrel season(see County Listings).

       NOT the same as youth hunts on wildlife management areas.


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