Hunting Licenses

All hunting licenses are valid from date of purchase until August 31 unless otherwise noted.

Requirements and Exceptions

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.

Information about public hunting opportunities is available, including an interactive map of over 1 million acres of accessible lands.

All laws and regulations governing hunter education requirements still apply.

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.

Resident Hunting Licenses

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 license is valid only for residents 65 years of age and older.

Resident Hunting Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident Hunting License Texas resident 101 $25 Buy online or Find a retailer
Senior Resident Hunting License Texas resident 65 years and older 102 $7 Buy online or Find a retailer

Youth License

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.

Youth License
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Youth Hunting License Texas resident or non-resident under 17 years at date of purchase 169 $7 Buy online or Find a retailer

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.

Three types of hunting lease licenses are available

  • Small: 1 through 499 acres
  • Medium: 500 through 999 acres
  • Large: 1,000 acres or more
Hunting Lease Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Hunting Lease (Small) License Texas resident and non-resident 132 $79 Buy online or Find a retailer
Hunting Lease (Medium) License Texas resident and non-resident 133 $147 Buy online or Find a retailer
Hunting Lease (Large) License Texas resident and non-resident 134 $252 Buy online or Find a retailer

Lifetime Hunting Licenses and Tags

Lifetime licenses and tags are available to Texas residents and are valid for the lifetime of the license holder.

Trapper's Licenses

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.)

Trapper's Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Resident Trapper's License Texas resident 106 $19 Find a retailer
Non-resident Trapper's License Non-resident 115 $315 Find a retailer

Non-resident Licenses

Non-resident General Hunting License

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 Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Non-resident General Hunting License Non-resident 105 $315 Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident Spring Turkey License

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 Spring Turkey License
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Non-resident Spring Turkey License Non-resident 118 $126 Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident Special Hunting Licenses

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 license is legal for any period of five consecutive days (valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when issued).

Non-resident Special Hunting Licenses
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Non-resident Special Hunting License Non-resident 107 $132 Buy online or Find a retailer
Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting License Non-resident 157 $48 Buy online or Find a retailer

Non-resident Banded Bird Hunting License

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 Banded Bird Hunting License
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Non-resident Banded Bird Hunting License Non-resident 120 $27 Buy online or Find a retailer