Hunters Readying for Deer Season
As hunting season opens, it's a good time to review the protocol for tagging, processing and transferring deer. This year, TPWD estimates above average deer populations, even among heavy drought conditions across the state.
Public Lands Permit Brings Game Within Range
Public Hunting Access – one of the best untapped resources available to Texas Hunters – lets outdoor enthusiasts pursue their favorite quarry without breaking the bank.
Here are the exciting facts:
- The Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit ($48) provides walk-in access to almost 900,000 acres of land throughout the state, including 118 dove and small game hunting leases. The program also includes access to many U.S. Forest Service units without having to pay additional fees.
- The APH permit is valid September 1 through August 31 and allows an adult access to all public hunting lands. Adult permit holders may also take youth hunters (under age 17) free of charge; however, a valid Texas hunting license is required for all hunters. The APH permit is available for purchase at all license vendors, by phone, or online.
If you are new to hunting and will be age 41 or younger this fall, you may need to take hunter education this summer. Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course, or be accompanied while hunting. Minimum age of certification is 9 years of age.
Hunter education instructors are always needed. Help share the hunting legacy of conservation and sportsmanship by becoming a hunter education instructor. Find out more about joining the program.