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My wife need a license? #7715844 01/13/20 01:16 AM
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Can my wife walk with me without a license while I hunt squirrels, or does she need to have her own hunting license? North Texas public hunting.

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715873 01/13/20 01:34 AM
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Yes, she can be with you. Best way to be assured of that is contact the Game Warden in that specific county.







Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715886 01/13/20 01:41 AM
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Have her take the hunter safety course and buy a license. It's not expensive and she can learn something.

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715895 01/13/20 01:46 AM
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Yes. Not hunting, doesn’t need license. There is nothing to call the game warden about. Just don’t have her carry your gun for you.

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Don’t call the GW, she’s not hunting

It’s a good way to get harassed by a GW if you call


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Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715930 01/13/20 02:13 AM
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My wife doesn't hunt, I found out decades ago it easier to just buy a license that have to explain to the GW that she doesn't hunt. The cost is so little that the aggravation it saves it worth more. Or it may be the case your wife says let me try, then you broke the law. Not worth the aggravation.


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Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715969 01/13/20 02:48 AM
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If she’s not hunting why would she need a license? It’s not against the law to walk on public land. You shouldn’t have to explain anything to a game warden.

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715974 01/13/20 02:54 AM
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You’re walking a fine line. A temporary license is very inexpensive.

“Other than a non-hunting adult who is directly assisting a permitted disabled hunter, no exceptions will be made for family members or other non-permitted guests to accompany the hunter into the hunt area. A valid hunting license and any required stamp endorsements is required to participate in these hunts.”

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715977 01/13/20 02:56 AM
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Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7715994 01/13/20 03:24 AM
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Yeah, it can depend on the game warden. If she is with you, the GW may think she is 'hunting' even if she does not have a gun because she is helping you go after game.

You can call the game warden for clarification. Just don't say when you will be hunting and then you aren't likely to have a chance of being harassed.


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Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Walkabout] #7715996 01/13/20 03:26 AM
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You need to specify what type of public land you're talking about. Type 2 is complicated, which is what was previously posted, and why I will have nothing to do with it.

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7716015 01/13/20 04:47 AM
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She's not big into hunting, but enjoys being with me. She's not going to want to sit down and take hunter safety course just to walk with me in the woods. I'd call my local game warden, but he's usually pretty short with his responses or just sends me a link to the same info I already have questions about. I think I'll dec her out in orange and just go for it.

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Don't let her have any hunting items on her. No shells or anything.

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Originally Posted by Txduckman
Don't let her have any hunting items on her. No shells or anything.


Agree with this. Just make it as clear as possible that she isn't hunting

Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Jiggamitch] #7716274 01/13/20 03:25 PM
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If not hunting she does not need a license. Do not have her carry a gun. Just remember in Texas if you pull the trigger on anything you need a license. This was explained to me years ago from a GW.

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Originally Posted by angus1956
Just remember in Texas if you pull the trigger on anything you need a license.


Not quite true. On Private property, pigs require no license. I know that the OP is not talking about pig hunting on private property, but still.


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Just remember in Texas if you pull the trigger on anything you need a license.


Not quite true. On Private property, pigs require no license. I know that the OP is not talking about pig hunting on private property, but still.


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Pretty simple. No license. No hunt. Don’t have to have a license to be with you.

She doesn’t have to prove she ain’t hunting. GW has to prove she is hunting.

Next someone will be saying you have to have a fishing license to ride in the boat with you.


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Even if she picks up a dead bird or dead squirrel or helps you find them, that is technically in pursuit of game.

If a game warden wants to write you a ticket, the can.

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Originally Posted by Ktexas14
Even if she picks up a dead bird or dead squirrel or helps you find them, that is technically in pursuit of game.

If a game warden wants to write you a ticket, the can.


So with that thinking if my 3 year old holds a deer head up after the shot for a picture, they are now hunting? I don't think so.

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I'll never forget when Paul went out to watch Mike fish at the lake. Paul's somewhat of a goober doodle and don't know a durn thing about fishing. Mike asked Paul to hold his rod while he went and took a pee. GW came up and despite protestations from both, gave poor Paul a ticket for having a pole in his hand and thus, fishing without a license. The line was not in the water.

Paul contested it with the JP. Ol' man Fred Stewart asked Paul for his side of the story. Paul began, "There I was standing there with a fishing pole in my hand, when . . . .", Judge Stewart stopped him right then and there and indicated that was all he needed to hear. Case for the GW.

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Originally Posted by krmitchell
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Even if she picks up a dead bird or dead squirrel or helps you find them, that is technically in pursuit of game.

If a game warden wants to write you a ticket, the can.


So with that thinking if my 3 year old holds a deer head up after the shot for a picture, they are now hunting? I don't think so.


Your three year old didnt actively help you pursue game, spotting and retrieving game is definitely in pursuit of game. Also, your three year old isnt an adult.

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Make that argument to the game warden when he comes to check you that the wife had no part in taking or attempting to take the animal. I've met some that wouldnt have a problem with it and Ive met some that would.

Just buy the license and dont take the risk.

But you do you man.

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Originally Posted by Ktexas14


Make that argument to the game warden when he comes to check you that the wife had no part in taking or attempting to take the animal. I've met some that wouldnt have a problem with it and Ive met some that would.

Just buy the license and dont take the risk.


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Re: My wife need a license? [Re: Ktexas14] #7718317 01/15/20 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Ktexas14
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Even if she picks up a dead bird or dead squirrel or helps you find them, that is technically in pursuit of game.

If a game warden wants to write you a ticket, the can.


So with that thinking if my 3 year old holds a deer head up after the shot for a picture, they are now hunting? I don't think so.


Your three year old didnt actively help you pursue game, spotting and retrieving game is definitely in pursuit of game. Also, your three year old isnt an adult.

Straight from TPWD
Hunt
To capture, trap, take, or kill, and includes the act of attempting to capture, trap, take, or kill.

Make that argument to the game warden when he comes to check you that the wife had no part in taking or attempting to take the animal. I've met some that wouldnt have a problem with it and Ive met some that would.

Just buy the license and dont take the risk.

But you do you man.


My kids help me spot game and the entire family helps retrieve it when I shoot something. None of which requires a hunting license.. Being an adult/minor has nothing to do with needing a hunting license in Texas either. If one is hunting they need a license. If they aren’t, they don’tt need a license. Looking at animals, helping to find them or loading them into a truck doesn’t fall anywhere in the definition of hunting, that is just BS. Your statement about capture, trapping, etc, surely applies to the hunter who is actually hunting but in no way applies to someone just along for the hunt. I’m not going to argue anything with the GW, one gun, one hunter and one license is sufficient enough. Unless they see someone shooting, holding the gun or otherwise actually hunting it didn’t happen. No different than fishing with someone without a license on the boat. Quite honestly people saying someone who isn’t hunting and having no intentions of doing so needing a license is completely ridiculous and would never stand up in court.

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Get the wrong GW on a bad day and you are hosed. What could go wrong? Honest Officer, I was just holding the gun/fishing pole but wasn't going to use it. Most of the ones I know or have known have some common sense but they have heard more than one honorable intention story. It's not only a license but Hunter Safety Course that could lead to problems.

Best advice given is to talk to the GW in advance.


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