Hunt Texas – July 2021

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Enter Now for Drawn Hunts

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Enter online for your chance to win Drawn Hunts in the 2021-2022 season. More than 10,000 hunts are available in 61 categories, including premium Private Lands Dove Hunts. 

NEW this season: New areas to hunt include the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Neches River NWR. There are also 3 new Private Lands hunt categories: feral hog, quail and spring turkey.

Apply for multiple hunts in the same category, but stay aware of the deadline dates – the 1st and 15th in the months of Aug., Sept. and Oct., and Nov. 1st.

Pro Tip: Look at the online listing of drawn hunts and check the odds for success and selection. Then choose hunts with the best odds for the best chance of winning! You'll find out more about this season's drawn hunts in our press release, 2021-22 TPWD Drawn Hunt Permit Applications Now Being Accepted

2021-22 Season Dates + Regulation Changes

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Mark your calendar, hunting season dates for 2021-2022 have been set, including these season openers:

  • Dove: 9/1 North and Central zones, special regulations in South Zone
  • Archery: 10/2
  • White-tailed deer: 11/6
  • Teal: 9/11

NEW for the 2021-2022 season:

  • Expanded CWD Zones and check stations
  • Special White-Winged Dove Days in South Zone go up from 4 to 6 days
  • Mandatory reporting of wild turkeys in South Central Texas

See our press release for more on new regulation changes.

Licenses will be on sale 8/15, and regulations for the new season will be available at the same time in the 2021-22 Outdoor Annual – visit, download the app or pick up a printed booklet from license retailers.

Try Our "Bowhunter by Fall" Series

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Our Beginner to Bowhunter email series has been so popular, we're doing it again this year! If you have an interest in archery, this free, guided course will set you on the path to becoming a bowhunter by fall. 

We'll send you monthly emails about how to find a bowhunting mentor, safety practices, where to hunt, hunting different species, necessary gear and more, including links to our tailored videos. 

Sign up today and we'll send you any emails you've missed to get you up to speed. Let's get started, Future Bowhunter – archery-only season opens 10/2!

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CWD Update

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk in some parts of Texas. This year CWD was discovered in Lubbock County for the first time, in a free-range mule deer. It was also found in deer breeding facilities in Matagorda, Mason and Hunt counties for the first time.

We are working together with Texas Animal Health Commission to determine the extent of the disease within the facilities, and to evaluate risks to Texas’ free-ranging deer populations. Quick detection of CWD can help mitigate the disease’s spread. We are doing all we can to arrest the further spread of this disease, which poses great risks to our native deer populations, both captive and free-ranging alike.

If you harvest white-tailed deer, mule deer or elk within a designated CWD Zone, you're required to bring them to a check station within 48 hours. This allows us to take a sample of the animal and test it for CWD. We all must remain vigilant and do our part to fight this terrible disease.

Big Time Texas Hunt Entries Now on Sale

Your chance at the Texas Grand Slam and more! Enter by Oct. 15.

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How You Can Support Wildlife & Increase Jobs

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The Recovering America's Wildlife Act is a bipartisan bill that, if passed, can help state agencies and tribes reverse population declines for at-risk wildlife species before they become endangered.

It will invest more than $50 million per year in Texas for wildlife recovery and related public education and recreation. This is expected to create 23,800 to 33,600 jobs, and to shift the state’s already booming nature-based economy into overdrive. 

Drafted with input from hunters and anglers across the nation, the bill is intended to help both game and nongame species thrive. This means more funds for habitat projects, population monitoring, and other initiatives that benefit sportsmen and women, as well as the species we pursue.

Join us in supporting this bill today – contact your representative, and ask them to support it. Or thank them if they've already done so! See our press release, Bipartisan Wildlife Proposal Would Enhance Fish and Wildlife, Add Jobs, and Grow Businesses in Texas for more information. 

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