Archery Season Opens Oct 3

Eastland County will come to life with hunters converging for the opening day of archery season today which will end  November 6.  In Eastland Co., no permit is required to hunt anterless deer unless MLD permits have been issued for the property.  The bag limit for white tail is 4 deer with no more than 2 bucks and no more than 2 antlerless, all seasons combined.  The annual bag limit for Rio Grande and Eastern turkey is 4 no more than one of which may be an Eastern turkey.


From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept site:

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: Crossbows are lawful for any person during the Archery-Only Open Season in all counties EXCEPT Grayson County. In Grayson County, no person may use a crossbow to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season (Oct. 3-Nov. 6) unless the person has an upper-limb disability and has in immediate possession a physician’s statement that certifies the extent of the disability. An upper-limb disability is a permanent loss of the use of fingers, hand, or arm in a manner that renders the person incapable of using a longbow, compound bow, or recurved bow.
  • Any person, regardless of physical ability, may use a crossbow to hunt game animals or game birds in any county, including Grayson County, during a general open season or Eastern spring turkey season.
  • An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season. An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer at any time in Grayson County, including during the general open season (Nov. 7- Jan. 3)
  • A crossbow is lawful for game animals and game birds, provided:
    • the crossbow has a minimum pull of 125 pounds;
    • the crossbow has a mechanical safety; and
    • the crossbow stock is not less than 25 inches in length.
  • Telescopic sights are lawful.

Projectiles (Arrows and Crossbow Bolts):

  • While hunting game animals and game birds, a projectile may not be poisoned, drugged, or explosive.
  • When used to hunt turkey and all game animals other than squirrels, a projectile must be equipped with a broadhead hunting point that is at least 7/8-inch in width (upon impact) and has a minimum of two cutting edges. A mechanical broadhead must begin to open upon impact and, when open, must be a minimum of 7/8-inch in width.
  • An archer may have arrows/bolts with field, target, or judo points in the quiver with the broadhead hunting points.


This season, Eastland Co.  has been included in the White Tail Deer special antler restrictions.   Special Antler Restrictions do not apply to properties for which Level 2 or Level 3 MLDPs have been issued. For counties with Special Antler Restrictions, a legal buck deer has:

  1. at least one unbranched antler, or
  2. an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The inside spread requirement does not apply to any buck that has an unbranched antler.

Not more than one buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater may be taken.

For more information including pictures of what is and isn’t a legal deer, click here