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Quail Season Begins October 31

Quail season opens statewide on October 31 and ends February 28, 2016. The daily bag limit for scaled (blue), bobwhite and Gambel's quail is 15, and the possession limit is 45. The bag limit is the maximum number that may be killed during the legal shooting hours in one day. Legal shooting hours for all non-migratory game birds are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

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Forecast Much Improved Over 2014 quailbobwhite-ptt-318x239_crop.jpg

The forecast for quail hunting in many areas of Texas is good to excellent. Across the state,Texas Parks and Wildlife staff report that they’ve not seen this many quail in several years, if not decades.

South Texas appears to have most dramatic swell in numbers, with some predicting a real boom there this year. The Rolling Plains area is seeing a remarkable increase from last year, which was the first year quail started to rebound after years of drought. The Trans-Pecos reports indicate extraordinary scaled quail production for this year; the last time numbers were recorded near this level was in 2007!

Read more about this year’s quail season in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine’s digital extra, Texas Hunting 2015.

Do you need a place to hunt? Consider Public Hunting Lands for quail hunting opportunities, available with a $48 Annual Public Hunting permit.

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Take Three Things on Your Quail Hunt

When you go into the field to hunt for quail, you’ll need to have these three things with you:

  1. valid hunting license
  2. Upland Game Bird Endorsement
  3. proof of Hunter Education

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 administrative fee required for each transaction.

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971 must carry proof of Hunter Education Certification or deferral on their person while hunting.

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Been seeing Quail on the lease , but not so much as hunt able numbers .

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Wet Spring, lots of quail. We don't hunt 'em just feed 'em trying to create more brood pairs for surrounding area. No hunter edumacaton needed, still use rock and slingshot. circa 1943.

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