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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are suggesting that a good waterfowl season can be expected by Texas hunters.  

Biologists cite the millions of ducks in the Central Flyway and promising conditions in many parts of the state for the expectation. Because the May Breeding Waterfowl Survey was canceled for the second straight year, the TPWD relied on fellow biologist in prairie states to help forecast the Texas season.  

The youth-only duck season occurs in the High Plains Mallard Management Unit Oct. 23-24. The season in the South Zone will be Oct. 30-31 and the North Zone Nov. 6-7.  

The regular duck season opens Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 in the respective zones.  

TPWD biologists say overall conditions are better than average across Coastal Texas. Reservoirs are higher than normal for this time of the year and shallow shorelines and river mouths will be a big draw to ducks soon.  

Canada geese will likely be abundant in the Panhandle area due to their newfound attraction to waters in urban areas.  

Based on early reports from Canada, light goose and white-front goose hatch may be better than previous years. Light and dark goose season starts in the East Zone on Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 in the West Zone.  

Hunters are required by law to have proof of their completion of a hunter education course and should purchased their 2021-22 Texas hunting license prior to hitting the field.  

Nathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal


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