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Archery-Only Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 27 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:13

Archery Only Seasons Open September 27

The Archery Only Seasons for white-tailed deer, mule deer, and Rio Grande turkey open September 27 and run through October 31.


What’s New for Archery Only Season

bowhunter in camo taking aimGet the archery season off to a great start by knowing the latest regulation updates:

  • Firearms - It is now lawful for any person (other than a convicted felon) to possess a firearm while hunting deer or turkey during an archery-only season; however, the use of a firearm to take turkey or deer during an archery season remains unlawful.
  • Mule Deer - Knox County now has an archery season.
  • Turkey - Hunters can now voluntarily report harvested Rio Grande turkeys and other resident game species with an open season online or via the new TPWD Wildlife Harvest Survey mobile app for iOS or Android devices.


Archery Season Pointers

Outdoor Annual Goes MobileThe 2014-2015 Outdoor Annual provides a summary of hunting and fishing regulations. Read it online at www.txoutdoorannual.com or download the new mobile app for your iOs (Apple) or Android device at www.txoutdoorannual.com/app.

Brush up on regulations that apply during archery only seasons.

  • Every hunter needs a valid hunting license and an Archery Stamp Endorsement. Turkey hunters also need an Upland Game Bird Stamp Endorsement. Licenses and endorsements may be purchased at a license retailer near you. They may also be purchased online or by phone (800-895-4248) with a $5 convenience fee required for each transaction.
  • For online and phone orders, a physical license will be mailed within three business days. During that time period, a transaction receipt will be provided via email. However, you will need your license in hand for the take of wildlife that require a tag.
  • Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 must carry proof of hunter education certification or deferral on their person while hunting. Bowhunters may also choose to take a voluntary bowhunter education class. Find more hunter education resources for Archery.
  • Review the legal uses of crossbows, projectiles and artificial light during this season.

Did you know? There are opportunities during Archery Only Season to hunt white-tailed deer  on Public Hunting Lands with a $48 Annual Public Hunting permit.


Skill Builders for Deer and Turkey

trophy buck looking at cameraAlong with acquiring the right hunting gear, it pays to keep your hunting skills sharp for a successful season:


Youth and Adults Are Learning to Love the Bow


row of targets filled with arrows, inside a gymModern bows are things of beauty filled with technology. In a word, they're cool, and young and old are learning why.

  • One guy outfitted himself with a new bow and then began the process of learning to shoot it. Read how it went in “The Draw of the Bow” from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.
  • The Texas-National Archery in the Schools Program is very active. It promotes student education and participation in the shooting sports, providing international-style target archery training in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. Watch a video about the Texas Archery in Schools program. Contact the TPWD Archery Coordinator to get the latest training information.