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1. Take hunter education.


  • Hunter Education is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 2, 1971. Courses are offered all over the state and fill up quickly as the hunting seasons near in the fall.
  • Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops provide an atmosphere where women feel comfortable learning hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.



2. Learn Texas game laws and regulations.

Become familiar with statewide Hunting Regulations and be sure to look up the county where you will be hunting for any special regulations that apply. Pick up an Outdoor Annual, where hunting licenses are sold.



3. Purchase a hunting license.

You will need a hunting license to legally hunt in Texas and depending on what you hunt, you may need stamp endorsements. The best deal is the Super Combo. Texas hunting and fishing licenses are sold by more than 1,600 agents throughout the state or purchase online.



4. Get your equipment ready and practice.

Match the firearm to the game you wish to hunt. Sporting goods stores that specialize in hunting and firearms are an excellent place to see what is available.

Become an accurate shooter before attempting to hunt. You should maintain and develop your shooting skills throughout the year. There are many rifle ranges and clay target ranges (skeet, trap and sporting clays) around the state.



5. Find a place to hunt.

With about 5,000 special supervised and guided hunts and over 200 public hunting areas, including Wildlife Management Areas, state parks, U.S. Forest Service lands and private lands, public hunts are an economical way to experience nationally renowned Texas hunting. See the list of places that offer public hunts.

Walk-in Hunts

The $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit provides nearly year-round hunting on approximately 1.2 million acres of land. The increasingly popular dove hunting areas are offered through this system.

Drawn Hunts

  • The Public Hunt Drawing System provides opportunities to apply for a wide variety of supervised, drawn hunts including special drawings for both adults and youth hunters. Drawings are held for exotic wildlife and quality native animals on TPWD managed lands as well as specially leased private properties.
  • Big Time Texas Hunts offers seven premium hunt packages on some of Texas' finest private ranches and Wildlife Management Areas.

Other Hunting Opportunities