I didn't get in any trouble but one GW asked me a lot of questions when I didn't produce the paper part of the license. I was fishing on wildlife refuge and the Federal GW just looked at the card and said "That's cool". I was fishing on a community pond and the Texas State GW asked me a million questions. They like to see if there are tags missing and if you have logged the deer taken. if you're fishing the salt you'll need the red drum tag if you intend to keep an oversized one. Come to think of it that's the only time I didn't have the paper part with me. Now I just carry the paper part and have never been asked for the card. We see the GW every year while dove hunting in south Texas.
Lifetime License (Paper License)
In connection with the issuance of a permanent plastic lifetime card, paper licenses/tags are usually issued.
Lifetime License holders that hunt and/or fish species that require tags, such as, deer, turkey, red drum over
28 inches, will need to have their current paper license tags issued each year. Migratory game bird hunters
will need to be HIP (Harvest Information Program) certified. After August 15, please visit any one of our
license agents located throughout the state to have your tags issued immediately. A list of agent locations
is available at http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/licenses/online_sales/find_retailer.phtml.
If tags are lost,
replacement tags may be obtained for a $10.00 fee from approximately 1,800 license agent locations in Texas.