Northern-bob-white-quail-tn1Quail season opens for Texas statewide on October 29, 2016 and runs through February 26, 2017. The daily bag limit for bobwhite, scaled (blue) and Gambel’s quail is 15, and the possession limit is 45.

Legal shooting hours for all quail are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

The Forecast? A Perfect Storm of Quail

This year, excellent range conditions, insect crop and nesting cover have come together to create a perfect storm of quail in some areas of the state. Forecasts by region:

Rolling Plains: Exceptional, highest survey numbers ever recorded
Trans Pecos:  Exceptional, highest survey numbers ever recorded
South Texas Plains:  Very Good, mixed reports
Gulf Prairies:  Below Average, populations affected by rainfall

Not sure where to hunt? Find Public Hunting Lands

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-5-46-17-pmIf you want to take advantage of this quail boom, but aren’t sure exactly where to go, check out the Public Hunting Lands. One million acres is available for your use with a $48 permit.

Search by area and game animal, use the interactive map for hunt area information, then head out on your quail hunting adventure in a new locale.

Begin your search here with the Interactive Map for all Public Hunting Areas for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons.



Get Prepped for Quail Season

Texas Hunters should carry 3 things when hunting quail in Texas:

Every hunter, including those from out-of-state, born after Sept. 2, 1971, must carry proof of Hunter Education on their person while hunting.

If you’ve misplaced your certification card, go online and print a replacement for free. You can also purchase your license and endorsement online.


Sources: TWPD

Video: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 

Image:By Brian Stansberry (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons