Fall is coming, and that means hunting season is soon to begin.
While you may have a favorite hunting spot you like to return to
year after year, did you know that hunting is also allowed on Texas
rivers and on a limited basis at Brazos River Authority lakes?
Hunting on or around water brings its own set of challenges and
requires extra safety precautions. As Texans gear up to participate
in the annual ritual, here are a few tips to help make your next onwater
hunting trip safe and enjoyable:
• File a float plan. Let someone know where you’re going
and for how long.
• Make sure to dress appropriately for the conditions,
particularly if you will be wading into water. Listen to your
body: You may be at risk of hypothermia if you are
shivering, feel numb in your extremities or repeatedly
stumble. People who suffer from hypothermia are more likely to make poor decisions. Don’t fall into
that trap — get warm.
• Check the weather before you head out.
• Don’t drink and boat. Alcohol impairs reaction time, decision making and promotes cold injuries by
accelerating heat loss.
• Just as you would if you weren’t hunting, always wear a lifejacket when you’re in a boat and bring
required floatation devices.
• Know your boat’s weight limit. Avoid overloading the boat with equipment and passengers.
• Avoid wearing waders while onboard. If you happen to fall overboard with waders on, they can make
a rescue difficult by filling up with water and weighing you down.
• Stow firearms with its safety on and the muzzle pointed outboard.
• Establish a safe zone-of-fire with a safe backstop or background.
• Wear your hunter orange. Hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange
materials. This includes orange headwear and at least 144 square inches of orange on both your
chest and back.
• Do not drop trash or debris, including gun casings, into the water.
• While wading in the river, move slowly so you can feel your way along. Shallow areas can quickly
become deep areas with little transition.
• Remain seated or kneeling in the boat, especially when shooting. Standing in a boat can make the
Hunting is only allowed on Authority lakes at specifically designated
for waterfowl blinds, target ranges, or bow hunting. Each August, the
Authority holds a drawing for several waterfowl blind sites at Possum
Kingdom, Granbury and Limestone lakes. For more information on
the upcoming Authority drawings, click here.
The beds of the Brazos and its tributaries are open to hunting as
public streams, however, be aware of state laws apply. For more
information on these regulations, click here.
You may also face restrictions on hunting by county and city
governments. If you plan to hunt in or near a city, you should check
with local officials about hunting ordinances. For more about
restrictions on hunting in specific counties, click here or check with
To learn more about Texas hunting, including information about hunting licenses and seasons, go to