2014 - 2015

Hunting Licenses, Stamps & Permits

A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license). No license is required for nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes (see below). Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License (Type 169).

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Exceptions

A hunting license is not required to hunt the following:

  • Coyotes, if the coyotes are attacking, about to attack or have recently attacked livestock, domestic animals or fowl.
  • Depredating feral hogs, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner's agent or lessee is taking feral hogs causing depredation on the landowner's land.
  • Fur-bearing animals, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license or if the fur-bearing animals are causing depredation.

Note: All laws and regulations governing hunter education requirements still apply.

Resident Hunting

Type 101:
$25

Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal (terrestrial vertebrates). Stamp endorsement requirements apply. Required of any resident unless the resident possesses a valid:

  • Senior Resident Hunting License;
  • Youth Hunting License;
  • Super Combo or Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing License Package;
  • Lifetime Resident Hunting License;
  • Resident Disabled Veteran Super Combo Hunting and Fishing License Package;
  • Lifetime Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing License; or
  • Texas Resident Active Duty Military Super Combo Hunting and Fishing License Package.

Senior Resident Hunting

Type 102:
$7

Valid only for residents 65 years of age and older. Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. Stamp endorsement requirements apply.

Youth Hunting License

Type 169:
$7

Valid for any person, resident or non-resident, under 17 years of age at the date of license purchase. Exempt from state stamp requirements, except for Reptile and Amphibian Stamp. License and state stamp exemptions remain valid for the entire license year.

Non-resident Licenses

Non-resident General Hunting

Type 105:
$315

Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal (including deer). Stamp endorsement requirements apply.

Non-resident Spring Turkey

Type 118:
$126 – Available after February 1st

Valid to hunt turkey only during the open spring turkey season. Holders of this license are exempt from the upland game bird stamp endorsement requirements. (Unlawful to possess both this license and a valid Non-Resident General Hunting License.)

Non-resident Special Hunting

Type 107:
$132

Valid to hunt:

  • Exotic animals,
  • all legal game birds (NOT VALID FOR TURKEY),
  • all nongame animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER).

Stamp endorsement requirements apply.

Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting

Type 157:
$48

Legal for any period of 5 consecutive days (valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when issued). Valid to hunt:

  • exotic animals,
  • all legal game birds (except turkeys),
  • all nongame animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER).

Stamp endorsement requirements apply.

Non-resident Banded Bird Hunting

Type 120:
$27

Valid only to hunt banded game birds (bobwhite quail, partridge, pheasant, mallard ducks) on private bird hunting areas.

Trapper's

Resident (Type 106):
$19
Non-resident of any age (Type 115):
$315

Required for all persons to hunt, shoot or take for sale those species classified as fur-bearing animals or their pelts. (See Nongame and Other Species and Fur-Bearing Animal Regulations for more information.)

Hunting Lease License

Type 132 (small: 1 - 499 acres)
$79
Type 133 (medium: 500 - 999 acres)
$147
Type 134 (large: 1,000 acres or more)
$252

Required of a landowner or landowner's agent who leases hunting rights to another person on property they own or control for pay or other consideration. The license must be displayed on the property. NOTE: Hunting lease license record book no longer required.

Permits & Certifications

Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit

Type 590:
FREE

This permit is required to hunt sandhill cranes. The permit can be obtained:

  • in person ONLY at TPWD Law Enforcement offices and TPWD headquarters in Austin
  • by phone at (800) 792-1112 (Option 7, menu 7) or (512) 389-4820, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • online any time - a $5 transaction fee will be charged for online orders.

For phone and online orders, a transaction receipt will be issued in lieu of a permit. Permittees should keep a record of hunting activities because 26% of crane hunters are chosen for a federal harvest survey.

Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification

Type 137:
FREE

This certification is required to hunt any migratory game bird.

Experimental Pronghorn Antelope Permit

Cost:
FREE

This permit is required to hunt buck pronghorn antelope on certain properties.

Special Note: Except for the Reptile and Amphibian Stamp (see below), state stamp endorsements are not required for anyone under 17 years of age (resident or non-resident), holders of Lifetime Resident Combination or Lifetime Resident Hunting licenses. The youth hunting license and state stamp exemptions remain valid for the entire license year.

Stamp Endorsements

Archery Stamp Endorsement

Type 135:
$7

Required to hunt deer or turkey during an Archery-Only open season. Required to hunt deer at any time in Collin, Dallas, Grayson or Rockwall counties.

Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Type 168:
$7

Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older. A free Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit is required to hunt sandhill cranes. The permit is available:

  • in person only at TPWD Law Enforcement offices,
  • online,
  • or by phone: (800) 792-1112.

Upland Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Type 167:
$7

Required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail or chachalaca. Non-residents who purchase the Non-resident Spring Turkey License are exempt from this stamp endorsement requirement. May not be used to hunt turkey with a Non-resident Special Hunting License (Type 107) or a Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting License (Type 157).

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

"Duck Stamp":
$17

Required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older; available at most U.S. Post Offices, TPWD Law Enforcement offices, Austin headquarters and all license retail sales locations. The stamp must be signed on its face by the person using it. A valid hunting license, HIP Certification and a valid Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp endorsement are also required.

Reptile and Amphibian Stamp

Type 178:
$10

Required for any person to capture indigenous reptiles or amphibians on the shoulder of a public road or any unpaved area of a public right of way. Holders of lifetime licenses and persons under 17 years of age are not exempt from this stamp.

Hunter Education

Cost:
$15
Deferral Cost:
$10

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course.

  • Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting.
  • Minimum age of certification is 9 years.
  • Single-day in-person course cost is $15.
  • Persons 17 years of age and older have the option of taking the course in person or online.
  • The cost of an approved online course varies by provider.
  • Call (800) 792-1112 or visit the TPWD Hunter Education webpage for information about various course options.

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