Hunting Regulations Overview
A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in Texas (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license.) See Hunting Licenses and Permits.
- No license is required for nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes.
- Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License.
For any species, the period of time, if any, when hunting that species is not permitted.
No hunter orange is required while hunting on private property, but it is recommended. Public hunting lands require 400 square inches of daylight florescent orange with 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back, and daylight florescent orange headwear must be worn. (See Prohibited Acts on Public Hunting Lands offering Hunts by Special or Regular Permit.)
Legal Shooting Hours for All Game Animals and Nonmigratory Game Birds
The period from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Look up sunrise/sunset hours.
Dates shown are opening and closing dates for the open season. The open season includes both dates and all days between. Unless otherwise specified, the open season is a "general" season and all legal means, as specified in this guide, may be used in taking the species. Where the open season is designated as "archery," only legal archery equipment/crossbow as specified, may be used. Where the open season is designated as "muzzleloader only" only muzzleloaders as defined may be used. When a season is designated as a "youth-only," special regulations apply. See definition of "youth."
There is no open season for any wild animal, wild bird, or exotic animal on public roads or the right-of-way of public roads, except that the holder of a Reptile and Amphibian Stamp may capture indigenous reptiles or amphibians on the shoulder of a public road or any unpaved area of a public right of way.
Sale of Inedible Wildlife Parts
The following inedible wildlife parts may be purchased or sold provided the part was lawfully taken or possessed:
- Hair, hide, antlers, bones, horns, skull, hooves, or sinew from the following game animals: mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep, gray or cat squirrels, fox squirrels or red squirrels, and collared peccary or javelina.
- Feathers from ducks, geese, and brant may be used, purchased, or sold for making fishing flies, pillows, mattresses, and similar commercial uses.
- Feathers from migratory birds may not be purchased or sold for hats or ornamental purposes nor may a person purchase or sell mounted migratory game bird specimens taken by hunting.
- Feathers, bones, or feet of game birds other than migratory game birds (turkey, grouse, pheasant, partridge, quail, and chachalaca).
Possession of Deer Hit by Motor Vehicle
It is unlawful to possess a deer or any part of a deer that has been hit by a motor vehicle.