Seasons & Rules

Texas Hunting Seasons for Brazos County

(County seat: Bryan)

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Note: Please read the Advisories and notes on the previous page.

White-tailed Deer

  • Special Antler Restrictions
  • Archery Only: Sept. 29-Nov. 2, 2012. No permit required to hunt antlerless deer unless MLDpermits have been issued for the property.
  • Bag Limit: 4 deer, no more than 2 bucks, and no more than 2 antlerless, all seasons combined.
  • General Season: Nov. 3, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.On USFS, Corps of Engineers, and river authority lands, the take of antlerless deer shall be by permit only, except in Fannin County. On all other tracts of land, antlerless deer may be taken without permits from Thanksgiving Day through the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22-25, 2012). At all other times, antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless MLD or LAMPS permits only. If antlerless deer permits have been issued, they must be attached to all antlerless deer harvested from the tract of land.
  • Special Youth-Only Season:Early open season: Oct. 27-28, 2012. Late open season: Jan. 7-20, 2013.Bag limits, provision for the take of antlerless deer, and special requirements of the county, shall be as specified for the period Nov. 22-25, 2012.Licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer by any lawful means during this season.


Important information for hunters:

After Killing a Deer

(Also applies to pronghorn, except for License Log)

  • After a deer is killed and before the deer is field dressed or moved, the appropriate hunting license tag or permit (MLDP, LAMPS, etc.) must be immediately filled out and dates cut out (See Tagging Deer or Turkey).
  • Additionally, if a hunting license tag is used, then the Hunting License Harvest Log must be legibly completed (see Hunting License Harvest Log for White-tailed Deer).
  • A hunter may transport a deer to a final destination (see Definitions), provided the deer is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer (see Proof of Sex).
  • A hunter may skin and quarter a deer (two forequarters, two hindquarters, and two backstraps) and possess for transport, provided the quartered deer is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer. (See Cold Storage or Processing Facility for exceptions).
  • A deer may not be processed any further than four quarters and two backstraps (example, steaks, hamburger, chili meat, etc.) until the deer reaches a final destination, except for immediate consumption in camp.
  • The four quarters and two backstraps are the only parts of a deer required by law to be kept in edible condition. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages all hunters to continue to keep other portions of the deer (trimmings from the neck and rib cage) in edible condition. Edible condition does not include any portion of a game animal, game bird, or fish that is: bruised by bullet, shot, or arrow, or otherwise destroyed as a result of harvest; decayed or rotting at the time of harvest; or obviously infected or diseased at the time of harvest.
  • The tag must remain with the portion of a deer the hunter possesses. If any portion is transferred to another person before it reaches a final destination, then the transferred portion must be accompanied by a Wildlife Resource Document. See also Transfer of Wildlife Resources.

For more information on the upcoming Deer Season rules and regulations please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife website..