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Forums >> Let's Talk Texas Outdoors >> Texas Youth Hunting and Youth Fishing >> Q: Minimum hunter age in Texas?

Q: Minimum hunter age in Texas?

Rick Berry

Rick Berry writes about Q: Minimum hunter age in Texas?Rick Berry writes about Q: Minimum hunter age in Texas?
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A TexasHuntFish.com Member asked us the question "What's the hunting age in Texas?"

It's a simple question, but getting to the answer might be a bit tedious....

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says "A hunting license is requiredof any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal or bird in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license)." http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/licenses/ The Hunter Education requirements state: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/hunterEducation/

"Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 12 years and cost is $10.

If you were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, and you are:

  • under 12 years of age, you must be accompanied.
  • age 12 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course or be accompanied..
  • age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a "Hunter Education Deferral" and be accompanied.

So, there's no minimum "hunting age" in Texas, but there are various requirements at different age levels.

Fishers under 17 do not require a fishing license.

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