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How Much Is a Hunting License in Texas?

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Texas is a great hunting state with many opportunities for beginners and experienced hunters. However, like any other state in America, you need a license to participate in the sport legally, and many people want to know the cost of a Texas hunting license. The short answer is it will cost about $25, but that can vary considerably based on several factors, so keep reading as we take a closer look at the different licenses that you can get, along with the cost and requirements.

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Who Can Get a Hunting License in Texas?

Anyone can get a hunting license in Texas as long as they are at least 8 years old and pass the state hunter education training course. The training course helps ensure that each hunter knows how to handle a firearm or crossbow and is skilled in the proper safety techniques. You must know the laws, understand the principles of wildlife management and identification, and understand your responsibility toward wildlife, the environment, and the general public. While you can take the course early as 8 years old, you can’t hunt until you are 12.

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Types of Hunting Licenses Available

Resident

The resident hunting license is the standard license in Texas, and that is what most people will get. It’s for people older than 17 who have lived in the state for at least 6 months. You will also choose a resident license if you are between the ages of 12 and 17 but don’t live in the state or if you are currently on active duty in the military. You can expect to spend $25 on a resident hunting license

Youth

The youth hunting license is for children between 12 and 17. You can expect to spend $7 on a youth hunting license.

Non-resident

A non-resident hunting license is for people who are 18 years old or older and who don’t live in Texas. Non-resident Texas hunting licenses are the most expensive and will cost $305. To avoid this fee, you must live in the state for at least 6 months.

Senior

The senior hunting license is for Texas residents more than 65 years old. The license comes at a reduced cost because the older generation typically doesn’t spend as much time in the field. You can expect to spend $7 on your Texas hunting license if you are a senior.

Cost of Each License in Texas

Type Cost
Resident $25
Youth $7
Non-Resident $305
Senior $7
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What Animals Do People Hunt in Texas?

You can hunt a large selection of animals in Texas, many of which are hard to find in other states. Animals that you can hunt include the following

  • Axis dear
  • Barbary sheep
  • Bison
  • Blackbuck
  • Coyote
  • Fall sheep
  • Dove
  • Elk
  • Hog
  • Oryx
  • Red deer
  • Rio Grande turkey
  • Waterbuck
  • Whitetail deer
  • Wild turkey

What If I Get Caught Hunting Without a License?

Hunting without a license is against the law, and while it’s unlikely that you will face any jail time if it’s your first offense, you will probably have to pay a fine. The current fine for hunting without a license for a Texas resident is $165, which is $140 more than the cost of a license. If you are a non-resident, you will need to pay $465, which is $160 more than the cost of a license, so it’s better to keep on the right side of the law.

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You will likely need to pay $25 for a hunting license in Texas if you are a resident. If you are from out of state and are looking to hunt one of the many interesting animals in Texas, you will need to pay $305 for your license, or you will need to spend at least 6 months in the state for them to consider you a resident. Senior residents of the state and children between the ages of 12 and 17 can purchase a license for $7.

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