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TPWD Finalizes 2019-20 Migratory Game Bird Seasons

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Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tomdoglover29@aol.com




AUSTIN – Texas wingshooters can begin marking their calendars for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, with minimal changes over last year’s schedule.


The only change from last year to upcoming migratory game bird seasons adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be a reduction in the pintail bag limit to just one per day.


Following is the season calendar and framework for dove and ducks, 2019-20:


Dove
North Zone: Sept. 1 to Nov. 12 and Dec. 20 to Jan. 5
Central Zone: Sept. 1 to Nov. 3 and Dec. 20 to Jan. 14
Special White-winged Dove Days (entire South Zone): Sept. 1, 2, 7, 8
South Zone: Sept. 14 to Nov. 3 and Dec. 20 to Jan. 23
The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit 45.
During the early two weekends in the Special White-winged Dove Days, hunting is allowed only from noon to sunset and the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. During the general season in in the special area, the aggregate bag limit is 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.


Ducks
Statewide Teal — Sept. 14 to 29 with a daily bag limit of six teal
East Zone Canada Goose Only – Sept. 14 to 29 with a daily bag limit of five Canada geese
Regular Duck
High Plains Mallard Management Unit: Oct. 26 — 27 and Nov. 1 to Jan. 26
North Zone: Nov. 9 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 to Jan. 26
South Zone: Nov. 2 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 to Jan. 26
Bag Limit: 6/day in the aggregate to include no more than 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 1 pintail, 1 “dusky duck” (mottled, black or Mexican-like) may only be taken after the first 5 days of the season in the respective zones. Mergansers: 5/day with no more than 2 hooded mergansers. Coots: 15/day. Possession limit is 3 times the daily bag limit for all migratory game birds except snow geese which have no possession limit.


 


 




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