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Texas Hunting License Requirements: What You Need to Know

Here is everything you need to know about Texas hunting license requirements.

Anyone who wishes to hunt legal game or birds in Texas, whether a resident or nonresident, must obtain a hunting license through the Texas Park & Wildlife Department (TWPD). Hunters can also purchase stamp endorsements for specialized activities like archery hunting and migratory bird hunting.

Guides and Outfitters must obtain a commercial hunting license. Click here to view the pricing list for each type of commercial license.

Every hunter in Texas is required to successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course before they can obtain a license.  The minimum age for certification is nine years of age. Hunters who are ages 17 and over can take the course online. There are other options, like Hunter-Ed.com, which gets you the same verification.

Residents vs Non-Residents:

Texas offers hunting licenses and stamps endorsements to both residents and non-residents. Every applicant must provide his or her Social Security Number to obtain a hunting license and stamp endorsements.

Residents are persons who have lived in Texas for more than six months before purchasing a hunting license. Active duty service members and their dependants who are Texas residents can purchase a hunting license anywhere.

Texas hunters can prove their residency by providing three of the following Texas hunter license requirements at the time of purchase.

  • A valid Texas driver’s license
  • A current Texas driver’s license
  • A current Texas voter registration certificate
  • A Current Texas vehicle registration
  • A current Texas homestead property tax statement
  • Six months of recent utility bills
  • Six months of recent paycheck stubs
  • A recent income tax return
  • A letter from a probation officer or a parole board that you’ve lived in Texas for the last six months.

If you don’t have three of those documents, the state considers you a non-resident, which means you’ll have to pay more for your license and stamp endorsements.

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License prices and purchase locations:

Hunting licenses are available at roughly 1,700 locations throughout the state. Locations include most sporting goods stores, gun shops, bait and tackle stores, discount stores, department stores, grocery stores and more. Licenses are $25 for residents, $7 for youth (ages 16 and younger) and seniors (ages 65 and older), and $315 for non-residents. Click here for additional permit and endorsement prices.

Click here to find a business that sells Texas hunting licenses in your area.

Most Texas hunting licenses can be purchased online with a credit or debit card or over the phone by calling (800)-792-1112 or (512)-389-4800. The TWPD offers Texas residents lifetime hunting licenses for $1,000. Sportsmen can enter to win a lifetime license drawing that includes lifetime hunting and fishing.

For more information about Texas hunting license requirements, visit the TPWD website.

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Texas Hunting License Requirements: What You Need to Know