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Hunting license for children #8056420 11/19/20 03:49 PM
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Is there a minimum age to be able to hunt in Texas?

Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056436 11/19/20 03:54 PM
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From TPWD website

Youth License
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. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification must be added when applicable.

Youth License
License Eligibility Item Fee Availability
Youth Hunting License Texas resident or non-resident under 17 years at date of purchase 169 $7 Buy online or Find a retailer

Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056460 11/19/20 04:06 PM
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Not as far as i know, but make sure to look into the hunters education requirements.


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https://www.wideopenspaces.com/texas-hunting-license-requirements-need-know/

For public land

All age requirements are at the time your application is submitted.
Applicants must be at least 8 years old.
Applicants under 17 years old must apply with a supervising adult that is at least 18 years old.
Applicants that are exactly 17 years old may apply alone or as a group member but may not be a supervising adult for a youth applicant.
Applicants 17 years old are considered adults.
Guided Hunt Packages are restricted to Adults Only.

Last edited by hook_n_line; 11/19/20 04:14 PM.

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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: hook_n_line] #8056476 11/19/20 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by hook_n_line
https://www.wideopenspaces.com/texas-hunting-license-requirements-need-know/

For public land

All age requirements are at the time your application is submitted.
Applicants must be at least 8 years old.
Applicants under 17 years old must apply with a supervising adult that is at least 18 years old.
Applicants that are exactly 17 years old may apply alone or as a group member but may not be a supervising adult for a youth applicant.
Applicants 17 years old are considered adults.
Guided Hunt Packages are restricted to Adults Only.

Is that link correct? It says you have to take and pass hunters ed before you can buy a license and that the minimum to take hunters ed is 9 years old. I dont think that is the case, and if it is when did it change? You used to be able to buy a deferment for hunters ed for a year.


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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: redchevy] #8056482 11/19/20 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by redchevy
Originally Posted by hook_n_line
https://www.wideopenspaces.com/texas-hunting-license-requirements-need-know/

For public land

All age requirements are at the time your application is submitted.
Applicants must be at least 8 years old.
Applicants under 17 years old must apply with a supervising adult that is at least 18 years old.
Applicants that are exactly 17 years old may apply alone or as a group member but may not be a supervising adult for a youth applicant.
Applicants 17 years old are considered adults.
Guided Hunt Packages are restricted to Adults Only.

Is that link correct? It says you have to take and pass hunters ed before you can buy a license and that the minimum to take hunters ed is 9 years old. I dont think that is the case, and if it is when did it change? You used to be able to buy a deferment for hunters ed for a year.


Yeah. Its a mess. The other info is for public draw hunts that require hunter's ed and says you have to be at least 8.


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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056499 11/19/20 04:28 PM
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Always go directly to the source,

---> TPWD Hunting license info
Scroll down to Youth.

---> TPWD Hunters Ed info

Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056527 11/19/20 04:46 PM
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If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.

Re: Hunting license for children [Re: angus1956] #8056633 11/19/20 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by angus1956
If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.


Yes. I think people get confused because if you're under 17 you don't need a fishing license.

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Originally Posted by ErnestTBass
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If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.


Yes. I think people get confused because if you're under 17 you don't need a fishing license.


I would add too that getting that hunting license is a cool thing for the kid, so even if they didn't legally need it it's worth the $7

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Originally Posted by kk66
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Originally Posted by angus1956
If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.


Yes. I think people get confused because if you're under 17 you don't need a fishing license.


I would add too that getting that hunting license is a cool thing for the kid, so even if they didn't legally need it it's worth the $7


I fully understand they need a license and will buy one. That’s not the question. My question is can my 6 & 8 year old grandsons hunt as long as they have a license?

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Originally Posted by bigjoe8565
Originally Posted by kk66
Originally Posted by ErnestTBass
Originally Posted by angus1956
If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.


Yes. I think people get confused because if you're under 17 you don't need a fishing license.


I would add too that getting that hunting license is a cool thing for the kid, so even if they didn't legally need it it's worth the $7


I fully understand they need a license and will buy one. That’s not the question. My question is can my 6 & 8 year old grandsons hunt as long as they have a license?

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Under 9 years of age you must accompanied with a person who is at least 17 and is licensed to hunt in Texas
9-16 you can hunt alone if you pass the hunter education course
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056674 11/19/20 06:35 PM
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Any child can get a hunting license even if that child is only 1 year old. However, you had better convince the game warden that he/she is capable of shooting a gun or bow or whatever means to hunt. If the child is under 17 years of age AND HAS NOT taken the mandatory hunters education course then that child must be accompanied by an adult. This adult MUST ALSO have a license AND/OR have taken the mandatory hunters education course. This is for private land hunting only.
If the child is hunting on public land then that child must be at least 9 years old to take the mandatory hunters education course or be accompanied by an adult who has a hunting license.

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Thanks for the information. I was a little confused by the age requirement of 9. Both grandsons have been practicing and are ready to take their first turkeys. They’ll be hunting with the Stevens 410 dedicated turkey gun and Federal TSS ammo.

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Does a youth hunter accompanied by a licensed adult have to buy a federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl?


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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: mdryg1970] #8056792 11/19/20 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by mdryg1970
Does a youth hunter accompanied by a licensed adult have to buy a federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl?


Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to have one.

When my daughter and I hunted prior to her 16th I used to buy her the Federal "junior duck stamp" for like $5 at the same time I got mine just for fun.

All of the other age related state game laws still apply.

https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php


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Thank you.


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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: kk66] #8056847 11/19/20 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by kk66
Originally Posted by ErnestTBass
Originally Posted by angus1956
If you pull the trigger on any game animal in Texas you need a license.


Yes. I think people get confused because if you're under 17 you don't need a fishing license.


I would add too that getting that hunting license is a cool thing for the kid, so even if they didn't legally need it it's worth the $7

This was my boy when he was 7 holding up his very first license. Look at the size of that grin! [Linked Image]


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Re: Hunting license for children [Re: bigjoe8565] #8056850 11/19/20 09:05 PM
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Youth can take their Hunters Education Class as early as 9 but aren't required to take it until they are 18 or unable to hunt with a youth license. The can hunt with an adult at any age as long as both have a valid hunting license and the adult has taken the HE if required to do so.

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