The key word here is "Eastern".......That's not to imply East Texas........That's the genre of any turkey in Texas.....Check and read the "County Listings" in your reply, and any county checked will state "Eastern Turkey". Sorry, but what you posted means that it's shotgun only in the Spring Season.........If you're still in doubt, call a Game Warden........He'll happily help you out......Firearms
Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:
Nongame Animals (Non-Protected) may be hunted with any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun.
- white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.
- shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.
- pellet guns and other air guns are not legal.
- fully automatic firearms are not legal.
- a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds (see Definitions - Legal Shotgun).
- Silencers may be used to take any wildlife resource; however, all federal, state and local laws continue to apply.
Hopefully this helps the Texans who in the future may want to hunt turkeys with a rifle. L Pete and horseshoe y'all might want to grab your favorite rifle for general turkey season opener Saturday.