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By Shauna Salinas/The Red River Sun—
RED RIVER REGION — Hunters are preparing for the upcoming 2020-2021 hunting season, eager to get back in the game.
There is a wide variety of animals hunted across the Texas panhandle with the most commonly hunted being: dove, deer, quail, turkey, sandhill crane, pheasant and ducks.
September 1 kicks off the 2020-2021 dove season which runs through Nov. 12 and Dec. 18 through Jan. 3 for the North Zone. There are additional days for Special white-winged dove season which include Sept. 5, 6, 12 and 13. When dove hunting always remember to report leg bands to www.reportband.gov.
Statewide Quail season runs from Oct. 31 through Feb. 28.
Archery season for white-tailed deer runs from Oct. 3 through Nov. 6 and the white-tailed deer general season runs Nov. 7 through Jan. 3 for the North Zone.
Jan. 4 through Jan. 17 is the special late season. Muzzleloader-only season is Jan. 4 through 17.
Youth-only white-tailed deer seasons begin with the early season from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 and the late season will be from Jan. 4 through Jan. 17.
Mule deer archery season runs from Oct. 3 through Nov. 6 and the general season for mule deer in the Panhandle is Nov. 21 through Dec. 6.
Fall season in the North Zone for Rio Grande Turkey begins with archery on Oct. 3 through Nov. 6. Regular season is Nov. 7 through Jan. 3. Youth only in the North Zone can hunt turkey from Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 and Jan. 4 through Jan. 17. In the spring, there is also a Rio Grande Turkey season from April 3 through May 16. Youth only spring season runs from March 27 to 28 and May 22 to 23.
Pheasant season in the Panhandle extends from Oct. 31 to Feb. 28.
Duck season in North Zone starts out with youth only from Nov. 7 to 8. Regular duck season runs from Nov. 14 through 29 and Dec. 5 through Jan. 31.
Becoming quite popular in the Texas Panhandle and other areas is Sandhill Crane hunting. Sandhill cranes start arriving in mid-October and are usually in full force by early November. The southern Texas panhandle is a major wintering area for cranes. Once the birds arrive, they very rarely leave, and some stay until mid-March before heading north. Zone A which includes the Texas Panhandle season runs from Oct. 31 through Jan. 31.
Refer to tpwd.texas.gov the Texas Parks & Wildlife website to keep up to date on the latest rules and regulations.