How to Hunt Legally This Season

With Hunting season starting, Shaw Cowart wanted to remind everyone of the Hunter Safety regulations effective in Texas.

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Minimum age of certification is 9 years. Single-day in-person course cost is $15. persons 17 years of age and older have the option of taking the course in person or online. the cost of an approved online course varies by provider.

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

  • Under 9 years of age: You must be accompanied. Accompanied means: By a person (resident or non-resident) who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control.
  • Age 9 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.*

*”Accompanied” means: by a person (resident or non-resident) who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control.

Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.

Hunter Education Deferral- allows a person 17 years of age or older who has not completed a hunter education program to defer completion for up to one year. A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year. A person who has been convicted or has received deferred adjudication for violation of the mandatory hunter education requirement is prohibited from applying for a deferral.

Have fun and stay safe!

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