Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Public Hunt System

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.

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: