But before that, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has released updated game and fishing regulations and season dates all hunters need to know about, which will remain in effect from September 1 through the 2022-2023 hunting seasons.
The TPWD Outdoor Annual has been the hunter and sportsman’s go-to source for all things hunting, fishing, and boating related.
This year, the booklet can not only be picked up as a traditional hard copy wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, but TPWD offers several different options, including a free downloadable app for smartphones as well as an online version that can be found here.
Also new this season, TPWD will offer hunters a digital hunting license that will be available for purchase only and will be managed via the online app.
With this option, hunters will no longer need the traditional tag for deer, turkey, and oversized red drum fish, and instead may log their game via a digital record.
The following are new hunting regulations for the 2022-23 year that will be effective September 1:
- New mandatory harvest reporting in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, and Rockwall counties.
- Modified definitions of” “buck” and “antlerless” deer.
- Modified proof of sex requirements for harvested buck deer.
- New definitions of two types of commercial cold storage facilities.
- Modified tagging, proof of sex, log procedures, and destinations for cold storage facilities.
- Expanded antler restrictions to additional 21 counties in the Panhandle and Terrell County in the Trans-Pecos.
- Extended general season in 15 southwestern Panhandle counties from 9 to 16 days.
- Special season added.
- Veterans and active-duty special waterfowl hunting season established to occur concurrently during youth-only season in all duck zones.
- Daily bag limit restrictions removed on hooded mergansers.
- Merganser and duck daily bag limits combined into a single aggregate daily bag limit.
- Season east of IH-35 in Ellis County closed.
New fishing regulations for the upcoming season will include:
- Modified regulations to prevent the transfer of invasive carp as bait from Red River tributaries.
- Established reservoir boundaries for Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Lake Texoma.
- Implemented new largemouth bass harvest regulations for soon-to-be-opened Bois d’Arc Lake.
- Modified harvest regulations for alligator gar, walleye, and red drum at specific locations.
- Clarified some exceptions, species, and county information.
- Updated spotted seatrout regulations for all bay systems south of FM 457.
- Digital tagging option for oversized red drum available for holders of specific electronic license types.
Hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale for the upcoming season, and according to TPWD, Texans purchase some 2.7 million of these licenses each year.
Proceeds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses will then be used to stock Texas rivers and lakes with fish, enable wildlife management and habitat restoration, provide public hunting leases, and help fund Texas Game Wardens.
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Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy. He graduated from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.