Some Texas hunting laws are a little wacky, but judge for yourself.
Hunting is a unique sport in and of itself, and more than a few hunters experience their fair share of adventure while out on the trail.
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However, it’s important to know what is and isn’t legal in your state. Whether for safety’s sake or tradition, some practices just aren’t legal in Texas, while others are newly so. The more you know, the more fun you can have out on the hunt!
Helicopter hog hunting is now legal
Two things nobody would expect to mix, helicopters and hunting, come together in helicopter hog hunting.
For about $500 per hour, hunters can fly over Texas ranches and, rifle in hand, shoot as many hogs as possible. All it takes is a keen eye, a photo ID, and a valid Texas hunting license to hog hunt from a helicopter. Just make sure you don’t have a fear of heights before you go up!
Bigfoot hunting is legal
Though it has not yet been proven that Bigfoot is real, it can theoretically be hunted in the state of Texas. Although it is illegal in states like California, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission says that, so long as it isn’t actively listed on the endangered species list, it is free game.
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In fact, it is even to be encouraged, as alleged Bigfoot reports have suggested that it could be responsible for property damage. Of course, this only applies if Bigfoot was to wander onto your property. In the event that a hunter wants to specifically go after it, it would have to be on someone’s private property as part of a canned hunt.
It is legal for a blind individual to hunt
In perhaps the most unexpected allowance by the Texas Parks and Wildlife service, the blind can even hunt in Texas. How? By being granted permission to use equipment otherwise illegal in Texas.
The use of laser sights is strictly prohibited, save for the blind. So long as an individual has a laser sight, proof of blindness to allow for the specialized equipment, and another hunter present who is not blind, they are allowed to hunt in the state of Texas.
After all, with these precautions in place, it should theoretically be perfectly safe for the blind individual. Though perhaps it would be a good idea for them to get in some practice with their hunting partner before going out on the trail.
It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second story hotel window
Perhaps this law sounds arbitrary. After all, how many buildings can there really be that boast both a second story and buffalo close enough to shoot?
Well, maybe not many today, but back in the state’s frontier days, this was a serious issue. All too often, careless hunters liked to shoot at buffalo from any place; trains, carriages and, yes, second story hotel windows. This unfortunate habit resulted in a serious blow to the buffalo population as well as sheer waste, as the animal carcasses were often left to rot.
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