Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The archery-only seasons for white-tailed deermule deer and Rio Grande wild turkey open statewide Sept. 28 and go through Nov. 1. 

Your Need-to-Know for Archery Season

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Archery-only season offers exceptional hunting opportunities since it begins earlier than firearm hunting. The lingering heat may keep deer activity confined to dawn and dusk at the start, but hunters should expect an excellent season with above-average antler quality.

If you plan to hunt during archery-only season, you must carry the following:

Mule deer and white-tailed deer hunters should review Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations for information about testing and carcass movement. Last season we collected 10,421 CWD samples, and 12 of them tested positive. An additional 62 white-tailed deer from permitted breeder facilities also tested positive. Continue to provide your harvests for sampling, and together we will work to keep CWD at bay.

New This Season

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Here are the regulation changes that apply to the 2019-20 archery-only seasons:

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Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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