Unlawful Hunting Practices in Designated Texas Areas
Specific County Restrictions
Aransas River and Poesta Creek in Bee County, Riverbeds in La Salle, McMullen, and Live Oak Counties:
- Firearm and Archery Restrictions: Possession, shooting, or hunting with firearms or any archery equipment is unlawful in designated lands and waters, except for waterfowl hunting on certain government-operated reservoirs.
Navigable Rivers and Streams:
- Discharge Restrictions: Generally, discharging firearms or shooting arrows on the bed or bank of navigable rivers or streams is prohibited. Exceptions include fishing with archery equipment, lawful alligator hunting, and using shotguns loaded with shot (excluding slugs). Additional exemptions are provided for landowners or agents taking venomous snakes and non-indigenous rodents.
Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir and Adjacent Federal Lands in Bell County:
- Hunting Restrictions: Hunting is restricted to game birds with shotguns, and hunters must maintain a distance of 600 feet from the nearest private property.
Chambers and Liberty Counties Regulations
Wallisville Reservoir, Lake Anahuac, Trinity River:
- Discharge Restrictions: Discharging pistols or rifles is prohibited in, on, along, or across specified waters and reservoirs.
Oyster Bayou in Chambers County:
- Crossbow and Bow Restrictions: Discharging any firearm or shooting any crossbow or bow and arrow is prohibited on, along, or across the waters of Oyster Bayou from State Hwy. 65 south to the mouth in the East Bay.
Harris County Regulations
Hunting on Private Land:
- Written Consent Requirement: Hunting wild animals, wild birds, or target shooting on another's land requires immediate possession of written consent from the landowner. This consent must include specific details about the hunter, the land, and the landowner or agent's contact information. Exemptions apply to the owner or agent and those using public or private shooting ranges.
Hunting on Federal and Governmental Lands in Texas
General Awareness and Regulations
- Federal Regulations: Hunters must be aware of and comply with federal regulations when hunting on lands managed by various federal agencies like the Forest Service, National Recreation Areas, and the Corps of Engineers. These regulations can vary significantly from state laws or even from one federal property to another.
Specific Federal Land Regulations
LBJ National Grasslands (Montague and Wise Counties):
- Antlerless Deer: May only be taken during archery, youth-only seasons, and a specified 4-day season (commonly referred to as doe days).
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Lands:
- General USFS Lands: Antlerless deer may only be taken during archery, muzzleloader, and youth-only seasons on these lands.
- USFS Properties Managed by TPWD: On properties like Alabama Creek WMA, Bannister WMA, Caddo National Grasslands WMA, Moore Plantation WMA, and Sam Houston National Forest WMA, antlerless deer may be taken by special drawn hunt permit through the Public Hunting Program.
Other Governmental Lands
- Army Corps of Engineers, River Authority: Similar to USFS lands, these areas may have specific regulations or requirements for hunting. Hunters must inquire and comply with any additional rules.
Annual Public Hunting Permit
- Access and Requirements: The Annual Public Hunting Permit allows nearly year-round hunting on lands owned or leased by TPWD from various entities. To hunt on these lands, persons 17 or older must possess the permit, a valid hunting license, and any required endorsements.
- Youth Hunting: Hunters under age 17 must have a Texas hunting license but do not need their own Annual Public Hunting Permit. They must be under the supervision of an authorized adult with the permit.