Texas Deer Hunting Laws and Regulations
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Texas Deer Impact, Ecology and Populations
There are currently an estimated 4 million deer on millions of acres with 51 Wildlife Management Areas. Texas deer hunting generates an estimated $1.5 Billion dollars annually related to fees, hotel stays, products, services etc. The largest concentration of deer are found in Texas Hill Country, Llano, Mason, Kerr, Bandera, Edwards and Edwards Plateau. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is in charge of monitoring the deer population in the state. They monitor the balance of deer in relation to economic, ecological and safety needs of the state. They implement programs designed to control the deer population.
Damage from deer includes farm crops, plant extinction, forest damage, yard damage, plant extinction, forest damage, car accidents and the spread of disease. They monitor the deer population for diseases such as Chronic Wasting disease, Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease, Tuberculosis, Lyme disease and Parasites. They sample deer in different areas and act upon any outbreaks. They implement breeding and habitat management. Deer have been an increasing problem in major urban areas such as San Antonio, Dallas and Houston due to the restricted hunting in these populous areas. Problems related to car-deer collisions, crop damage, lawn and garden damage are the most prevalent. Over the past 5 years there have been an average of 36,000 car-deer collisions annually with an average of 20 Fatalities and 1,400 Injuries annually. Most car-deer collisions take place from October to January. The largest Predator groups of deer are humans, coyote, bobcat, cougar and wild dogs. The average annual Texas deer hunting harvest yields 500,000 deer.
Texas Deer Hunting Laws and Regulations
All Texas deer hunting must be conducted while possessing a valid and current hunting license. Orange is required while hunting on Public Lands with a minimum of 400 square inches above the waist. It is not legal to hunt with a Fully Automatic firearm, Pellet Gun, Air Gun or Sound Suppressed Firearm. Calling devices may be used to hunt game animals. All Hunted Deer must be tagged after a kill and before it is moved. The discharge of a firearm is not allowed on or across a public or private road. Texas deer hunting t is not allowed from a boat or to hunt a Deer in water. It is not allowed to hunt on private land unless written consent from the owner and occupants. A Wildlife Resource Document (WRD) is necessary for a person to give, receive, or possess any part of a wildlife resource. This document along with the proper tag or permit must accompany the carcass until it reaches its final destination. The Hunt Texas Online Connection that allows landowners and potential lessees to talk and set-up possible lease agreements. Potential hunters can view a list of leases by county and contact the owners/lesser by setting up an account through the system.
More specific information on Texas deer hunting regulations can be found here.
Texas Deer Hunting Required Education
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course, or be accompanied* while hunting. Minimum age of certification is 9 years of age. If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are: under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied* while hunting. Age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied while hunting. Age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral” and you must be accompanied* while Texas deer hunting. See here for more information.
Texas Deer Hunting Weapons
This website lists weapons allowed for by animal and season.
Texas Deer Hunting Seasons
They are listed by type of deer and the location – visit this website.
Texas Deer Hunting Licensing and Costs
Texas offers several License combinations, listed are the most common. Please visit this site for more specific information.
Texas Resident Hunting Licenses
Resident Hunting $25.00
Senior Resident Hunting $7.00
Archery Hunting Stamp $7.00
Lifetime Combination Resident $1,800.00
Lifetime Hunting Resident $1,000.00
Texas Non-Resident Hunting Licenses
Non-Resident Hunting $315.00
Texas Deer Hunting – Conclusion
For other hunting laws and regulations, please see our page of US Deer Hunting Laws and Regulations. We hope this information on Texas deer hunting was useful, and that you continue to enjoy the sport.