I can't find out anything about the youngest age a person can be to legally hunt deer in Texas. I have found that to take a hunter safety course they have have to be 9. But I'm seeing a lot of photos of hunters younger than that. I have two grandson's who are 7 and I would like to have them try hunting with me but want to be legal.
Correct, the youngest age at which they could complete certification (Hunters Ed course) would be 9 years old. Since they can not take the course until then, Hunter Education is not required. So...anyone under the age of 9 (by default not having been certified) MUST be 'Accompanied':
What does "accompanied" mean?Accompanied means: By a person 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. Note: Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/hunter-education/faq
Who needs to take Hunter Education?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 9 years and cost is $15.
If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied*.
age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied.
age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral,” and you must be accompanied.
Of course... ANYONE who hunts in the State (except for special provisions such are depredation) is required to be licensed. So, in your case...the youths would need to each have the following:http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/licenses/hunting-licenses-and-permits
Youth Hunting LicenseType 169:$7
Valid for any person, resident or non-resident, under 17 years of age at the date of license purchase. Exempt from state hunting endorsement requirements, except for Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement. State endorsement exemptions remain valid for the entire license year.
There is no 'minimum' age restriction that I am aware of....but logic dictates that the child be capable of understanding and following direct instruction from the person(s) accompanying them and that prudent safety measures be adhered to.
IMO, each child should be evaluated individually in terms of maturity and ability to follow instructions, in order to be allowed to hunt and NOT based solely on their desire or that of an adult.
My Daughter was fully ready (able to handle and fire a rifle both safely and with accuracy and understood what Her responsibilities as hunter were to be) at age nine, but had also accompanied me on hunts (observing) from age seven.
Conversely, she has a Cousin who is nearly 30 years old, whom I would not trust with a firearm for any reason.
I hope that you and your Grandson's will enjoy many seasons to come.