Hunting Licenses, Stamps & Permits

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Overview and Exceptions

All hunting licenses are valid from date of purchase until August 31 unless otherwise noted. In addition to a hunting license, additional endorsements may be required. For specific information on Lifetime, Disabled Veteran, Texas resident active duty military, and Combination licenses,  view combination hunting and fishing licenses packages.

A hunting license is required of any person (resident or nonresident), of any age, to hunt any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state, except the following:

  • coyotes, if the coyotes are attacking, about to attack, or have recently attacked livestock, domestic animals, or fowl.
  • feral hogs on private property with landowner authorization.
  • fur-bearing animals, if the hunter possesses a commercial trapper’s license.
  • depredating fur-bearing animals, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner’s agent is taking fur-bearing animals causing depredation on the landowner’s land. No portion of the nuisance fur-bearer may be possessed, sold or retained for any purpose.

All laws and regulations governing hunter education requirements still apply.

Resident Licenses

Resident Hunting
$25 (Item 101)
Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal (terrestrial vertebrates). Endorsement requirements apply. Required of any resident unless the resident possesses a valid:
  • Senior Resident Hunting License;
  • Youth Hunting License;
  • Super Combo or Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing License Package;
  • Lifetime Resident Hunting License;
  • Disabled Veteran Super Combo Hunting and Fishing License Package;
  • Lifetime Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing License; or
  • Texas Resident Active Duty Military Hunting Package
  • Texas Resident Active Duty Military Super Combo Hunting and Fishing License Package.
Senior Resident Hunting
$7 (Item 102)
Valid only for residents 65 years of age and older. Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. Endorsement requirements apply.
Resident Trapper's License
$19 (Item 106)
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 Regulations for more information.)
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Youth Licenses

Youth Hunting Licenses
$7 (Item 169)
Valid for any person, resident or non-resident, under 17 years of age at the date of license purchase. Exempt from state hunting endorsement requirements, except for Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement. State endorsement exemptions remain valid for the entire license year. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification must be added when applicable.
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Non-Resident Licenses

Non-resident General Hunting
$315 (Item 105)
Valid to hunt any legal bird or animal (including deer). Endorsement requirements apply. If hunting white-tailed deer or mule deer, this is the only valid license available to participate in those activities for non-residents.
Non-resident Spring Turkey
$126 (Item 118)
Available after Feb 1. Valid to hunt turkey only during the open spring turkey season. Holders of this license are exempt from the upland game bird endorsement requirements. It is unlawful to possess both this license and a valid Non-resident General Hunting License.
Non-resident Special Hunting
$132 (Item 107)
Valid to hunt exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkey), all non-game animals, fur-bearing animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for white-tailed or mule deer including MLDP tags, pronghorn or bighorn sheep). Endorsement requirements apply.
Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting
$48 (Item 157)
Legal for any period of five consecutive days (valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when issued). Valid to hunt exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkey), all non-game animals, fur-bearing animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for white-tailed or mule deer including MLDP tags, pronghorn or bighorn sheep). Endorsement requirements apply.
Non-resident Banded Bird Hunting
$27 (Item 120)
Valid only to hunt banded bobwhite quail, partridge, pheasant, and mallard ducks on private bird hunting areas. Upland and Migratory Game Bird endorsement requirements apply.
Non-resident Trapper's
$315 (Item 115)
Required for persons of any age to hunt, shoot, or take for sale fur-bearing animals including pelts and carcasses. (See Nongame and Other Species and Fur-Bearing Animal Regulations for more information.)
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Hunting Lease Licenses

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.

Hunting Lease for 1 through 499 acres
$79 (Item 132)
Hunting Lease for 500 through 999 acres
$147 (Item 133)
Hunting Lease for 1,000 acres or more
$252 (Item 134)
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Hunting Permits and Certifications

Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit
Free (Item 590)
Required to hunt sandhill cranes. Permit can be obtained at TPWD Law Enforcement offices and TPWD headquarters in Austin. Also available by phone at (800) 792-1112, #4820# or (512) 389-4820, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or online any time. A $5 administrative fee will be charged for online orders. Please keep a record of hunting activities because 26% of crane hunters are chosen for a federal harvest survey.
Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification
Free (Item 137)
Required to hunt migratory game birds. Inform the clerk you intend to hunt migratory game birds and need to be HIP-certified. The clerk will ask a few simple questions. The letters “HIP” will appear on your license.
Experimental Pronghorn Permit
Free
Required to hunt buck pronghorn on certain properties.

Hunting Endorsements

The Archery Endorsement (Item 135), Migratory Game Bird Endorsement (Item 168), and Upland Game Bird Endorsement (Item 167) are included with a Lifetime Resident Combination or Lifetime Resident Hunting license, they are NOT required for any hunter (resident or nonresident) under 17 years of age. The Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement (Item 178) and the Federal Duck Stamp (Item 138) are required if applicable for your specific activity.

Archery Endorsement
$7 (Item 135)
Required to hunt game animals during an Archery-Only open season. Required to hunt deer at any time in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, or Rockwall counties.
Texas Migratory Game Bird Endorsement
$7 (Item 168)
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. The Sandhill Crane permit is available at TPWD Law Enforcement offices, online, or by calling (800) 792-1112 #4820#.
Upland Game Bird Endorsement
$7 (Item 167)
Required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail, or chachalaca. Non-residents who purchase the Non-resident Spring Turkey License are exempt. MAY NOT be used to hunt turkey with a Non-resident Special Hunting License (Item 107) or a Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting License (Item 157).
Federal Duck Stamp (Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp)
$25 plus fulfillment (Item 138)
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 retailers. Must be signed on its face by the hunter. A valid hunting license, HIP Certification, and Texas Migratory Game Bird endorsement are also required. If the federal duck stamp is not received within 30 days of purchase, call (800) 792-1112, #4820#.
Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement
$10 (Item 178)
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.
Annual Public Hunting Permit
$48 (Item 173)
Required for an adult (age 17 years of age or older) to access designated public hunting lands owned or administered by TPWD for hunting and other recreational purposes.
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Lifetime Licenses

Residents may buy hunting and fishing licenses valid for the lifetime of the license holder. A lifetime license includes all state endorsements other than the Reptile and Amphibian endorsement. Lifetime license holders are not exempt from the Federal Duck Stamp requirement. Lifetime licenses are not valid for commercial fur trapping. Lifetime tags may be obtained at retailers each year at no additional fee. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification and the bonus red drum tag must be added, whenever applicable.

Lifetime Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing
$1,800 (Item 980)
Lifetime Resident Hunting
$1,000 (Item 981)
Lifetime Resident Fishing
$1,000 (Item 982)

A lifetime resident hunting or fishing license can be upgraded to a lifetime resident combination hunting and fishing license for $800. Item 983 for upgrade from hunting and Item 984 from fishing.

Non-resident Military, their dependents and individuals under 17 years of age are not eligible for lifetime licenses.

Applications for Lifetime Licenses

Applications for lifetime licenses are available online or by calling (800) 792-1112, #4820#, or in person at TPWD Austin headquarters and all TPWD Law Enforcement sales offices.

Requesting Tags for Existing Lifetime License Holders

Beginning August 15th of each license year, existing lifetime license holders may obtain current year tags immediately, at no fee, at any one of our license agents located across the state. A Request for Lifetime License Tags may also be printed.

Lifetime License Drawing

Enter to win a Lifetime Super Combo license in TPWD's Lifetime License Drawing.