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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 65WILDLIFE
SUBCHAPTER ASTATEWIDE HUNTING PROCLAMATION
DIVISION 2OPEN SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS
RULE §65.42Deer

(a) No person may exceed the applicable county bag limit or the annual bag limit of five white-tailed deer (no more than three bucks) and two mule deer (no more than one buck), except as provided by:

  (1) §65.26 of this title (relating to Managed Lands Deer Permits (MLDP)--White-tailed Deer);

  (2) §65.34 of this title (relating to Managed Lands Deer Permits (MLDP)--Mule Deer);

  (3) §65.27 of this title (relating to Antlerless and Spike-Buck Deer Control Permits);

  (4) §65.28 of this title (relating to Landowner Assisted Management Permits (LAMPS));

  (5) an antlerless mule deer permit issued under §65.32 of this title (relating to Antlerless Mule Deer Permits);

  (6) special permits under the provisions of Subchapter H of this chapter (relating to Public Lands Proclamation); or

  (7) special antlerless permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for use on USFS lands that are part of the department's public hunting program.

(b) White-tailed deer. The open seasons, annual bag limits, and special provisions for white-tailed deer shall be as follows. If Managed Lands Deer Permits (MLDPs) have been issued for a tract of land in any county, they must be attached to all deer harvested on the tract of land, regardless of season. An MLDP buck permit may not be used to harvest or tag an antlerless deer. An MLDP antlerless permit may not be used to tag a buck deer.

  (1) In Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kinney (south of U.S. Highway 90), Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina (south of U.S. Highway 90), Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde (south of U.S. Highway 90), Val Verde (that southeastern portion located both south of U.S. Highway 90 and east of Spur 239), Webb, Willacy, Zapata, and Zavala counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the third Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: five deer, no more than three bucks.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the third Sunday in January.

    (D) No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (2) In Atascosa County there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the third Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: five deer, no more than two bucks.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the third Sunday in January.

    (D) Special provisions.

      (i) Buck deer. The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. In Atascosa County, a legal buck is a buck deer having:

        (I) at least one unbranched antler; or

        (II) an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

      (ii) Antlerless deer. No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (3) In Bandera, Baylor, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comal (west of Interstate 35), Concho, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Haskell, Hays (west of Interstate 35), Howard, Irion, Jones, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney (north of U.S. Highway 90), Knox, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Medina (north of U.S. Highway 90), Menard, Mitchell, Nolan, Pecos, Real, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Shackelford, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Terrell, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis (west of Interstate 35), Upton, Uvalde (north of U.S. Highway 90), Val Verde (north of U.S. Highway 90; and that portion located both south of U.S. 90 and west of Spur 239), and Wilbarger counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: five deer, no more than two bucks.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the first Sunday in January.

    (D) No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (4) In Archer, Bell (west of IH 35), Bosque, Brown, Clay, Coryell, Hamilton, Hill, Jack, Lampasas, McLennan, Mills, Palo Pinto, Somervell, Stephens, Wichita, Williamson (west of IH 35) and Young counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: five deer, no more than two bucks.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the first Sunday in January.

    (D) Special provisions.

      (i) Buck deer. The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. In the counties listed in this paragraph, a legal buck is a buck deer having:

        (I) at least one unbranched antler; or

        (II) an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

      (ii) Antlerless deer. No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (5) In Armstrong, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hall, Hardeman, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lipscomb, Motley, Ochiltree, Roberts, Scurry, Stonewall, and Wheeler counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: five deer, no more than one buck.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the first Sunday in January.

    (D) No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (6) In Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio, and Reeves counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: four deer, no more than two bucks.

    (C) No permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (7) In Comanche, Cooke, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Montague, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: four deer, no more than two bucks and no more than two antlerless.

    (C) Special late general season. In the counties listed in this paragraph there is a special late general season for the take of antlerless and spike-buck deer only. Open season: 14 consecutive days starting the first Monday following the first Sunday in January.

    (D) Special provisions.

      (i) Buck deer. The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. In the counties listed in this paragraph, a legal buck is a buck deer having:

        (I) at least one unbranched antler; or

        (II) an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

      (ii) Antlerless deer.

        (I) On USFS, Corps of Engineers, and river authority lands in the counties listed in this paragraph, the take of antlerless deer shall be by permit only, except on USFS lands in Montague and Wise counties, where antlerless deer may be taken without permits from Thanksgiving Day through the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving Day.

        (II) On all tracts of land other than those listed in subclause (I) of this clause, no permit is required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDP antlerless permits have been issued for the tract of land.

  (8) In Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad (south of U.S. Highway 59), Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jackson (south if U.S. Highway 59), Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria (south of U.S. Highway 59), Walker, and Wharton (south of U.S. Highway 59) counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks and no more than two antlerless.

    (C) Special provisions.

      (i) Buck deer. The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. In the counties listed in this paragraph, a legal buck is a buck having:

        (I) at least one unbranched antler; or

        (II) an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

      (ii) Antlerless deer. If permits have been issued for the harvest of antlerless deer, they must be attached to all antlerless deer harvested on the tract of land.

        (I) On USFS, Corps of Engineers, and river authority lands in the counties listed in this paragraph, the take of antlerless deer shall be by permit only.

        (II) On all other tracts of land in the counties listed in this paragraph, antlerless deer may be taken without permits from opening day through the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving Day. From the Monday immediately following Thanksgiving Day until the end of the season, antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless MLD permit or LAMPS permit only.

        (III) On tracts of land for which LAMPS permits have been issued, no LAMPS permit is required for the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery-only or muzzleloader-only open season.

  (9) In Bowie, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

    (B) Bag limit: four deer, no more than two bucks and no more two antlerless.

    (C) Special provisions.

      (i) Buck deer. The provisions of this clause do not apply on properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. In the counties listed in this paragraph, a legal buck is a buck deer having:

        (I) at least one unbranched antler; or

        (II) an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler. Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

      (ii) Antlerless deer. If permits have been issued for the harvest of antlerless deer, they must be attached to all antlerless deer harvested on the tract of land.

        (I) On USFS, Corps of Engineers, and river authority lands in the counties listed in this paragraph, the take of antlerless deer shall be by permit only.

        (II) On all other tracts of land in the counties listed in this paragraph, antlerless deer may be taken without permits during the first 16 days of the season. After the first 16 days of the season, antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless MLD permit or LAMPS permit only.

        (III) On tracts of land for which LAMPS permits have been issued, no LAMPS permit is required for the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery-only or muzzleloader-only open season.

  (10) 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, there is a general open season.

    (A) Open season: from the first Saturday in November through the first Sunday in January.

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