Hunting & fishing licenses for the Texas 2016-2017 season are available now for purchase or renewal. Current year licenses, except for year-to-date fishing licenses, will expire on August 31. This year, there are a number of ways that licenses can be purchased:
- Online through the TPWD website
- From local retailers in your area
- Over the phone by calling 1-800-895-4248
The call center hours for phone orders are 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, and there is an extra $5 administrative fee for all phone and online orders.
Texas Hunting License Prices
There are a number of different prices for licenses and endorsements, and here are a few of the main ones:
- Basic Resident Adult Hunting License: $25
- Basic Senior (age 65 and older) Resident Hunting License: $7
- Basic Youth (age under 17) Resident Hunting License: $7
- Archery Endorsement: $7
- Texas Migratory Game Bird Endorsement: $7
- Upland Game Bird Endorsement: $7
- Federal Migratory Bird & Conservation Endorsement (Duck Stamp): $25
- Reptile & Amphibian Endorsement: $10
There are also a number of combination hunting and fishing licenses, trappers’ licenses, and hunting lease licenses — see the TPWD website for a full list of licenses and fees.
For the hunter or angler who never wants to have to remember to buy a license again, a Lifetime Super Combo license is available for $1,800. You can also pay $5 to enter to win a lifetime license through the Lifetime License Drawing.
Hunter Education Certification
If you were born after September 1, 1971, you will also need to show proof that you have successfully completed the mandatory Hunter Education Training Course (this applies to out-of-state hunters as well). This is a one-time course — certification is good for life, and is valid in all other states. Last year Texas game wardens issues over 3,400 citations and warnings to hunters not meeting the certification requirements, so this is something that the TPWD takes seriously. There are several options for taking the course, including a one-day basic course for anyone aged 17 and older, and a combo home-study and field day course. Check out the TPWD Hunter Education webpage for more information.
It is almost time to gear up for the new hunting seasons, and getting your license is always the first step. And pick up or download a copy of the TPWD 2016-2017 Outdoor Annual publication to read up on all the hunting and fishing rules and regulations for this coming year.