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#6477339 - 10/02/16 04:19 PM Gun and bow
sbushee Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
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Guys,

Does anyone here know if it's legal to carry my rifle with me when I bowhunt? I'd like to have a rifle for pigs if they show up and don't come into bow range but I don't want to violate any game laws.

Hope all is well for everyone!

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#6477403 - 10/02/16 04:54 PM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
MckinneyRifleHunter Offline
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 81
Loc: mckinney, tx
You may not, not during archery season.

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#6478226 - 10/03/16 08:52 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
Dalee7892 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Denton County
I just called the Parks And Wildlife, you can carry a firearm during Archery season as long as the firearm NOT used to harvest a deer. Pigs, exotics, non game animals.

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#6478234 - 10/03/16 08:54 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
HuntnFly67 Offline
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Seems like this comes up annually about this time. Last year the consensus was that you could only carry a pistol while bow hunting if you had your CHL.
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#6478324 - 10/03/16 09:45 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: HuntnFly67]
Buccaneer Offline
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Registered: 08/01/10
Posts: 232
Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Seems like this comes up annually about this time. Last year the consensus was that you could only carry a pistol while bow hunting if you had your CHL.


Not sure about whether the firearm must be a pistol versus long gun but I don't see why there would be a difference since the operative qualification from TPWD is that you don't use the firearm to harvest a deer. Also, any CHL/LTC requirement would only apply on public land since you don't have to have CHL/LTC to carry while hunting on private land.

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#6478374 - 10/03/16 10:11 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: Buccaneer]
MckinneyRifleHunter Offline
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 81
Loc: mckinney, tx
Originally Posted By: Buccaneer
Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Seems like this comes up annually about this time. Last year the consensus was that you could only carry a pistol while bow hunting if you had your CHL.


Not sure about whether the firearm must be a pistol versus long gun but I don't see why there would be a difference since the operative qualification from TPWD is that you don't use the firearm to harvest a deer. Also, any CHL/LTC requirement would only apply on public land since you don't have to have CHL/LTC to carry while hunting on private land.
i thought the original comment was the case with the chl exception, but in the past it was clearly stated in the manual, i just got my license yesterday and picked up the manual, and I can't find the statement regarding carrying a gun during archery season, so I'm not sure what the case is this year. I'd get that statement from my county game warden first because other wardens might see it as hunting with a rifle during archery season.

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#6478410 - 10/03/16 10:32 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
Texan Til I Die Offline
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The firearm prohibition during archery season was changed in 2014. Fifth paragraph about 2/3 of the way down. So yes, you can have a firearm with you when bow hunting during archery only season, just don't use it on a deer or turkey.

TPWD News Release
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#6478441 - 10/03/16 10:51 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: Texan Til I Die]
TexFlip Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 9995
Loc: Chambers County
Originally Posted By: Texan Til I Die
The firearm prohibition during archery season was changed in 2014. Fifth paragraph about 2/3 of the way down. So yes, you can have a firearm with you when bow hunting during archery only season, just don't use it on a deer or turkey.

TPWD News Release

This.
TPWD doesn't want anyone missing out on a chance to take out some swine.

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#6478550 - 10/03/16 11:38 AM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8015
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Hell yeah I take a rifle, you never know when Mr. Coyote is going to show up.
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#6478807 - 10/03/16 02:14 PM Re: Gun and bow [Re: sbushee]
blazin Offline
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Registered: 10/25/11
Posts: 2247
Loc: Texas
This is actually good news. I was wondering this very thing.

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