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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 §65.64Turkey

(a) The annual bag limit for Rio Grande and Eastern turkey, in the aggregate, is four, no more than one of which may be an Eastern turkey.

(b) Rio Grande Turkey. The open seasons and bag limits for Rio Grande turkey shall be as follows.

  (1) Fall seasons and bag limits:

    (A) In Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kinney (south of U.S. Highway 90), 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 (in that southeastern portion located both south of U.S. Highway 90 and east of Spur 239), Webb, Zapata, and Zavala counties, there is a fall general open season.

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

      (ii) Bag limit: four turkeys, gobblers or bearded hens.

    (B) In Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy counties, there is a fall general open season.

      (i) Open season: first Saturday in November through the last Sunday in February.

      (ii) Bag limit: four turkeys, either sex.

    (C) In Archer, Armstrong, Bandera, Baylor, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Bosque, Briscoe, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Carson, Childress, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Collingsworth, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Dawson, Denton, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, Edwards, Erath, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Gray, Hall, Hamilton, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hays, Hemphill, Hill, Hood, Howard, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kendall, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, King, Kinney (north of U.S. Highway 90), Knox, Lipscomb, Lampasas, Llano, Lynn, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, McLennan, Medina (north of U.S. Highway 90), Menard, Midland, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Parker, Pecos, Potter, Randall, Reagan, Real, Roberts, Runnels, Sutton, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Uvalde (north of U.S. Highway 90), Ward, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, Val Verde (that portion located north of U.S. Highway 90; and that portion located both south of U.S. Highway 90 and west of Spur 239), and Young counties, there is a fall general open season.

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

      (ii) Bag limit: four turkeys, either sex.

  (2) Archery-only season and bag limits. In all counties where there is a general fall season for turkey there is an open season during which turkey may be taken only as provided for in §65.11(2) and (3) of this title (relating to Means and Methods).

    (A) Open season: from the Saturday closest to September 30 for 35 consecutive days.

    (B) Bag limit: in any given county, the annual bag limit is as provided by this section for the fall general season in that county.

  (3) Spring season and bag limits.

    (A) In Archer, Armstrong, Baylor, Bell, Borden, Bosque, Briscoe, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Carson, Childress, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Collingsworth, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Coryell, Cottle, Crane, Crosby, Dawson, Denton, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, Ellis, Erath, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, Hall, Hamilton, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hill, Hood, Howard, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Lampasas, Lipscomb, Llano, Lynn, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, McLennan, Menard, Midland, Mills, Mitchell, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Parker, Potter, Randall, Reagan, Roberts, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Ward, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Williamson, Wise, and Young counties, there is a spring general open season.

      (i) Open season: Saturday closest to April 1 for 44 consecutive days.

      (ii) Bag limit: four turkeys, gobblers or bearded hens.

    (B) In Aransas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bexar, Blanco, Brewster, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Comal, Crockett, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Hidalgo, Jeff Davis, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Pecos, Real, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala counties, there is a spring general open season.

      (i) Open season: Saturday closest to March 18 for 44 consecutive days.

      (ii) Bag limit: four turkeys, gobblers or bearded hens.

    (C) In Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, and Milam counties, there is a spring general open season.

      (i) Open season: from April 1 through April 30.

      (ii) Bag limit: one turkey, gobblers only.

  (4) Special Youth-Only Seasons. Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt during the seasons established by this subsection.

    (A) There shall be a special youth-only fall general hunting season in all counties where there is a fall general open season.

      (i) open season: the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) immediately preceding the first Saturday in November, and the third weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in January.

      (ii) bag limit: as specified for individual counties in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

    (B) There shall be special youth-only spring general open hunting seasons for Rio Grande turkey in the counties listed in paragraph (3)(A) and (B) of this subsection.

      (i) open seasons: the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) immediately preceding the first day of the general open spring season and the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) immediately following the close of the general open spring season.

      (ii) bag limit: as specified for individual counties in paragraph (3) of this subsection.

(c) Eastern turkey. The open seasons and bag limits for Eastern turkey shall be as follows. In Angelina, Bowie, Brazoria, Camp, Cass, Fannin, Fort Bend, Franklin, Grayson, Harrison, Hopkins, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Matagorda, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Red River, Sabine, San Augustine, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Wharton, and Wood counties, there is a spring season during which both Rio Grande and Eastern turkey may be lawfully hunted.

  (1) Open season: from April 15 through May 14.

  (2) Bag limit (both species combined): one turkey, gobbler only.

  (3) In the counties listed in this subsection:

    (A) it is unlawful to hunt turkey by any means other than a shotgun, lawful archery equipment, or crossbows;

    (B) it is unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take turkeys by the aid of baiting, or on or over a baited area; and

    (C) all turkeys harvested during the open season must be registered via the department's internet or mobile application or at a designated check station within 24 hours of the time of kill. The department will publish the internet address and information on obtaining the mobile application in generally accessible locations, including the department internet web site (www. tpwd.texas.gov). Harvested turkeys may be field dressed but must otherwise remain intact.

(d) In all counties not listed in subsection (b) or (c) of this section, the season is closed for hunting turkey.


Source Note: The provisions of this §65.64 adopted to be effective July 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 6308; amended to be effective October 2, 1997, 22 TexReg 9687; amended to be effective August 16, 1999, 24 TexReg 6305; amended to be effective July 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 6545; amended to be effective July 26, 2001, 26 TexReg 5422; amended to be effective June 3, 2002, 27 TexReg 4712; amended to be effective July 11, 2004, 29 TexReg 6330; amended to be effective July 10, 2005, 30 TexReg 3997; amended to be effective September 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5342; amended to be effective July 18, 2007, 32 TexReg 4421; amended to be effective August 23, 2009, 34TexReg5701; amended to be effective September 1, 2011, 36 TexReg 3332; amended to be effective July 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 5417

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