Safety Comes First

Due to the nature of hunting with deadly weapons, safety always come first. Gun safety is first and foremost on the ranch, but your participation and cooperation is paramount to keep safety first.

Texas Hunters Safety Card

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course, or be accompanied* while hunting. Minimum age of certification is 9 years of age.

If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:

  • under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied* while hunting.
  • age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied* while hunting.
  • age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course; or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral” and you must be accompanied* while hunting.

Please note that some federally controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have hunter education certification. In Texas, this includes Corps of Engineers property and most military reservations. Be sure to check with the specific area prior to going hunting.

Hunter Education Deferral (cost: $10) Allows a person 17 years of age or older who has not completed a hunter education program to defer completion for up to one year. A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year. A person who has been convicted or has received deferred adjudication for violation of the mandatory hunter education requirement is prohibited from applying for a deferral. Take the course by August 31 of the current license year and receive a $5 discount. The one-time Hunter Education Deferral is available at license vendors and went into effect September 1, 2004.

* Accompanied means: While hunting, by a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas, who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Note: Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.


Texas Hunting Licenses

Resident Hunting (Type 101): $25

Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting (Type 157): $48
Legal for any period of 5 consecutive days (valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when issued). Valid to hunt: exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkeys), all nongame animals, hogs, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER). Stamp endorsement requirements apply

Youth Hunting License (Type 169): $7
Valid for any person, resident or non-resident, under 17 years of age at the date of license purchase. Exempt from state stamp requirements, except for reptile and amphibian stamp. License and state stamp exemptions remain valid for the entire license year.

Alcohol & Safety

Keeping safety first, no alcohol consumption is permitted until after the night hunt is complete, typically after 10 pm in the evening. Please enjoy your favorite beverage, but in moderation. No drunkenness allowed.

For More Information

Hunting Texas Hogs is a full service deer, hog, and exotic game hunting ranch in central Texas suitable for family, business or ministry events. Visit our RanchLodgeAnimalsHuntsMealsSafety, and Blog pages to find all the information you need. You can also call us at 409-370-3137 or visit our Contact Information page.