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Texas Deer Season 2023-2024 Overview

General Season Dates

North Zone

  • General Season: November 4, 2023, to January 7, 2024.
  • Special Late Season: January 8 to January 22, 2024.
  • Muzzleloader-Only Season: January 8 to January 14, 2024.

South Zone

  • General Season: November 4, 2023, to January 21, 2024.
  • Special Late Season: January 22 to January 29, 2024.
  • Muzzleloader-Only Season: January 22 to January 28, 2024.

Youth-Only Season Dates

North Zone

  • Initial Season: October 28-29, 2023.
  • Late Season: January 8-22, 2024.

South Zone

  • Initial Season: October 28-29, 2023.
  • Late Season: January 22-29, 2024.

White-tailed Deer Season

General Season

  • North Zone: November 4, 2023, to January 7, 2024.
  • South Zone: November 4, 2023, to January 21, 2024.

Special Late Season

  • North Zone: January 8 to January 21, 2024.
  • South Zone: January 22 to February 4, 2024.

Youth-Only Season

  • North and South Zones: October 28-29, 2023, and January 8-21, 2024 (North), January 8-21, 2024 (South).

Archery Season

  • All Zones: September 30 to November 3, 2023, in 252 of 254 counties.

Muzzleloader Season

  • All Zones: January 8 to January 21, 2024, in 90 of 254 counties.

Texas Mule Deer Season

General Season

  • Panhandle: November 18 to December 3, 2023.
  • Trans-Pecos: November 24 to December 10, 2023.

Archery Season

  • All Zones: September 30 to November 3, 2023, in 59 of 254 counties.

Texas Deer Population Forecast 2023

Ecological Regions and Deer Population Estimates

  • Cross Timbers: Over 820,000 with a well-distributed buck age structure.
  • Edwards Plateau/Hill Country: Approximately 1.6 million, the highest in the state.
  • Pineywoods: Over 330,000, focus on habitat management.
  • Post Oak Savannah: Varies, with higher numbers near Interstate 10.
  • Rolling Plains: Relatively lower populations but stable adult buck numbers.
  • South Texas Plains: Steady population, with a higher harvest predicted due to mature bucks.

Key Points to Remember

  • The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues permits based on deer species, hunting method, and zone.
  • Hunters need to be aware of the specific dates and regulations for the zone they plan to hunt in.
  • The deer population and hunting potential vary across different ecological regions in Texas.
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