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Professional Licenses

In the state of Texas, residents can obtain a number of professional recreational licenses, depending on their preferred interests and passions. If you love the great outdoors, then consider getting a hunting license or a fishing license. In order to hunt animals in the wild, or partake in saltwater fishing, you must hold the appropriate license in your possession.

How to Get a Hunting License

If you intend to hunt animals, birds, frogs or turtles in Texas, you will need to apply for a hunting license, regardless of your age. Different types of licenses are available, however, depending on a few factors.

If you are a senior who is 65 years of age or older, you can obtain a hunting license for a low fee of $7 (subject to change without notice). If you are a Texas resident, a standard hunting license is available, or if you prefer, you can obtain a combination license for both hunting and fishing. Lifetime licenses can also be purchased for the lifetime of the holder.

To order your hunting license, you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to get started. There, you will also be able to read the latest information about Texas hunting and fishing regulations that are currently in effect.

Before completing your application process, keep in mind that the state does not require hunting licenses for these types of animals:

Note: If you are a military member who is on active duty (must serve in the United States Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, Reserves or National or State Guard), then you can obtain a hunting package free of charge. Referred to as the Texas Resident Active Duty Military Hunting Package, it includes a hunting license for residents and three state endorsements.

How to Get a Fishing License

Just like a hunting license, Texas residents can obtain a fishing license through the state’s Parks and Wildlife website. You can also get a license through an authorized retailer, if it is more convenient for you to do so. A number of fishing licenses are available in the state, including but not limited to Senior Resident Fishing Packages, Special Resident All-Water Fishing License, License Year Fishing Licenses, Freshwater Package, Saltwater Package, etc. Depending on which package you choose, the fees will also differ.

If you are a Texas resident with a fishing license, you are legally authorized to take mussels, clams, fish, crayfish and other types of aquatic creatures in public waters. In some instances, a resident is not required to obtain a fishing license. Most common scenarios that make you exempt include the following:

To find out how you can start applying for a fishing license, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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