Season opens Sep. 1


Public Hunts Canceled: Some public hunts along the coast are canceled or postponed. See list of impacted hunts.

Licenses and Boat Registrations: The Rockport regional office is closed for license purchases and boat registrations. You are urged to call before driving to any law enforcement office.

State Parks

Several Texas State Parks are closed due to Hurricane Harvey.

See state park alerts for closures.

Hunting and Fishing

Win a Lifetime License!

Horseback riding in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The Lifetime License Drawing is your chance to win a Lifetime Super Combo License ($1,800 value) that lets you hunt and fish in Texas without ever buying another state license. There are 3 chances to win and $5 entries are on sale from August 15 – November 30. Enter early for your best chance to win.

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Win a Big Time Texas Hunt

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Here's your chance to score that buck of a lifetime. The Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt offers one lucky hunter an exclusive three-to five-day trip for trophy mule deer in the Texas Panhandle. Food, lodging and guides are included, and entries are only $9 online. Big Time Texas Hunts also offers 8 other premium hunting packages, including hunts for bighorn sheep, whitetails, exotics, hogs, waterfowl and more. We’ve even added a Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 shotgun ($1,699 value) as part of the winnings on the Waterfowl Adventure package.

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State Parks

7 Scenic Drives

Horseback riding in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Texas' 80,000 miles of highway are diverse and beautiful. East Texas drives are lush with roadside forests, while West Texas highways cast shimmering mirages in the heat. Wildflowers cover the roadsides in the Hill Country, and endless ocean is the backdrop for beach drives. This month, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine photographers Earl Nottingham and Chase Fountain take us down 7 of their favorite Texas byways.

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Activities and Programs

Cool Escapes

Kayaking Arlington

Beat the heat with a swim, paddle, star party and more at Texas State Parks.

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Apply Now for Drawn Hunts


Apply for high quality, supervised hunts across the state, including special drawings for both adults and youth hunters. Each entry costs from $0 to $10, and Youth Only category entries are always free. Don't delay, enter for your favorite hunts today.

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Protect the Lakes You Love

Learn How to
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Invasive species like zebra mussels and giant salvinia are attacking your lakes and rivers. These invaders harm native plants and animals and hurt fishing, swimming and boating. Stop them from spreading - clean, drain and dry your boat before traveling from lake to lake.

Hunting and Fishing

Know the Rules

Outdoor Annual App

Each year, September 1 brings the excitement of a new hunting and fishing season. Along with the new year comes new season dates, rules and regulations. Be sure you're in the know. Pick up a copy of the new Outdoor Annual at the store when you buy your license, or download the free app now. You can also find regulation information at


Texas Hunting Guide

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Our experts bring you the Texas Hunting Guide, packed with info on the state’s most popular game birds and animals, including hunting tips, identification guidance and information on their habits and habitats. Get this special guide free, exclusively in the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine mobile app.

State Parks

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State Parks App

Now find your perfect state park escape using the Texas State Parks Official Guide for Apple and Android devices. The free app locates campgrounds, cabins, trails and places to hike, bike, swim, fish or kayak. And it’ll give you all the details on 95 state parks in Texas. Learn more about the app

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