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GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS IN TEXAS

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Closed Season For any species, the period of time, if any, when hunting that species is not permitted.

Hunter Orange No hunter orange is required while hunting on private property, but it is recommended. Public hunting lands require 400 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange with 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back, and daylight fluorescent orange headwear must be worn.

Hunting on Public Roads or Public Right-of-Way It is unlawful to hunt on public roads or the right-of-way of public roads. There is an exception for holders of a Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement for the capture of indigenous reptiles or amphibians.

Legal Shooting Hours for All Game Animals and Nonmigratory Game Birds The period from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Open Season Dates shown are opening and closing dates for the open season. Unless otherwise specified, the open season is a general season and all legal means, as specified in this guide, may be used in taking the species. Where the open season is designated as “archery, only legal archery equipment/ crossbows as specified, may be used. Where the open season is designated as “muzzleloader only,” only muzzleloaders as defined may be used. When a season is designated as “youth-only,” special regulations apply. Sale of Inedible Wildlife Parts The following inedible wildlife parts may be purchased or sold if lawfully taken or possessed:

• Hair, hide, antlers, bones, horns, skull, hooves, or sinew from the following game animals: mule deer, white tailed deer, pronghorn, desert bighorn sheep, gray or cat squirrels, fox squirrels or red squirrels, and javelina.

• Feathers, bones, or feet of game birds other than migratory birds may be used, purchased, or sold for making fishing flies, pillows, mattresses, and other similar commercial uses.

• Feathers from migratory birds may not be purchased or sold for hats or ornamental purposes nor may a person purchase or sell mounted migratory game bird specimens or their parts taken by hunting.

Possession of Deer Hit by Motor Vehicle It is unlawful to possess a deer or any part of a deer that has been hit by a motor vehicle.

Lawful Means and Methods It is legal to:

• hunt animals and non-migratory game birds from a motor vehicle, powerboat, sailboat, or from any other floating device within the boundaries of private property or upon private water.

• use calling devices, recordings, and electrically amplified calls to hunt game animals and game birds. Electronic calls may not be used to hunt migratory game birds except during the Light Goose Conservation Order season.

• use decoys to hunt game animals and game birds. No person may use live decoys when hunting migratory game birds.

• bait for game animals, non-game animals, and upland game birds, except for eastern turkey and migratory game birds. (Baiting is unlawful on most public property. Please check specific regulations for that public property.)

• trap nongame/exotic animals (such as feral hogs, rabbits, etc.) on private property.

• use dogs to aid in the hunting of any game bird.