New season dates make upcoming Texas dove season longest in 80 years



Due to new season dates adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas hunters may enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.

While the traditional opening dates established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain fixed, a new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared to previous years.

“The additional days are being integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more wingshooting opportunities,” TPWD officials said in a release.

Dove season in central Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 6. The late season for dove is Dec. 17 through Jan. 8.

The daily limit for the regular season is 15 white-winged, mourning, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, including no more than two white-tipped doves. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

White-tailed deer archery only season will begin on Oct. 1 lasting through Nov. 4. General season will open on Nov. 5 and will last through Jan. 1. Early youth-only season will be on Oct. 29-Oct. 30, and late youth-only season will open Jan. 2-15.

Jan. 2-15 will also open for special late season, during which time hunters can take antlerless deer and unbranched antlered bucks, meaning any buck deer with an antler with no more than one point.

More information on season dates can be found at

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