Youth and Youth/Adult Hunts

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Hunter Education

Requirements on Public Lands:
Please note that the Hunter Education requirement for supervision is different from the statewide requirement.

Adult supervision of youth is required during public hunts. Youth under 17 years old are required to be under the immediate supervision of a permitted adult, at lease18 years old, who is licensed to hunt in Texas.

Youth only hunts

  1. Special Permit Categories:
    • Youth applicants must be 8 to 16 years old at the time of application.

    • Youth applicants must apply with a non-hunting supervising adult who is at least 18 years old.

    • During these hunts, only the youth will be allowed to hunt.

    • An adult may supervise multiple youth hunters, however, there may not be more than one adult per youth.

    • All youth hunters under 12 years of age must be directly supervised by an adult and remain within normal voice distance.

    • Failure of the parent or guardian to properly supervise youth hunters will be cause for forfeiture of the permits of both adult and youth hunters.

    • You may apply for up to 3 areas within each category but only once at each area within the category.

    • The application and permit fees are waived for all participants in the youth only hunts.

  2. US Forest Service Antlerless Deer Permits:
    • Applicants must be under 17 years old. There is no minimum age requirement.

    • Each person must submit their own application, including youth. No Supervising adult is required on a youth’s application.

    • You may apply only once in this category.

    • The supervising adult must have a valid Annual Public Hunting Permit.

  3. E-Postcard Selection Hunts:
    • Youth applicants must be under 17 years old. Except federal age requirements for the Youth Waterfowl Season define a youth as someone 15 years old or younger at the time of the hunt.

    • You may apply for multiple areas within each category but only once at each area within the category. Application in Youth categories are limited to 3 areas.

    • Participation in these hunts requires each adult hunter and supervising adult to possess a valid Annual Permit Hunting Permit.

  4. National Wildlife Refuge Hunts:
    • Youth applicants must be 9 to 16 years old at the time of application.

    • Youth applicants must apply with a non-hunting supervising adult who is at least 18 years old.

    • During these hunts, only the youth will be allowed to hunt.

    • All youth hunters under 12 years of age must be directly supervised by an adult and remain within normal voice distance.

    • You may apply for multiple areas within each category but only once at each area within the category.

    • The application and permit fees are waived for all participants in the youth only hunts.

Youth/Adult Hunts

E-Postcard Selection Hunts: