The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife reports that a hunting license is required of any person, of any age, to hunt any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state, except the following:
• coyotes, if the coyotes are 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 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.
All hunting licenses are valid from date of purchase until Aug. 31 unless otherwise noted.
In addition to a hunting license, additional endorsements may be required. All laws and regulations governing hunter education requirements also apply.
A resident hunting license costs $25 and is valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. Endorsement requirements apply.
The fee for a senior resident hunting license, for residents age 65 and older, is $7. It too is valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. Endorsement requirements apply.
A resident trapper’s license costs $19 and is required for all persons to hunt, shoot or take for sale those species classified as fur-bearing animals or their pelts.
Youth hunting licenses cost $7 and are valid for any person under the age of 17 at the date of the license purchase. The holders of those licenses are exempt from state hunting endorsement requirements, except for Reptile and Amphibian Endorsements.
A non-resident general hunting license costs $315 and is valid to hunt any legal bird or animal. Endorsement requirements apply.
Recreational hunting licenses and stamp endorsements are available at approximately 1,700 locations throughout the state, in addition to parks and wildlife offices and state parks.
For general questions about licenses, call the parks department at 800-792-1112 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.