Hunting Licenses, Stamps & Permits

Note: A Hunting Stamp Endorsement may be required. (See Hunting Stamp Endorsements).

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).

Exceptions: a hunting license is not required to hunt the following:

Note: All laws and regulations governing hunter education 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 (see RESIDENT defined) unless the resident possesses a valid:

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 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 1.
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 Digest media download(PDF 159.9 KB) for more information.)

Hunting Lease License (Types 132, 133 and 134)
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. License fee: $79 for 1 through 499 acres; $147 for 500 through 999 acres; or $252 for 1,000 acres or more. NOTE: Hunting lease license record book no longer required.

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, but also is available by phone at (800) 792-1112 (option 5, menu 2) or (512) 389-4820, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or online any time. For phone and online orders, a confirmation number will be issued in lieu of a permit. A $5 transaction fee will be charged for online orders. 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.

Hunting Stamp Endorsements

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.

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 Grayson County.

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.

Upland Game Bird Stamp Endorsement (Type 167): $7
Required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail, lesser prairie chicken, 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"): $25, plus fulfillment fee.
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.


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