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Texas Hunting Regulation Question

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Post by Jumping Frog » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:49 am

I am not really familiar with Texas hunting regulations, hence asking for your expertise.

I know a young (adult) man who has been invited by his friend to hunt feral pigs, poisonous snakes, and "other pests" on his friend's Dad's land.

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1. Is a hunting license required for a guest of a landowner to hunt feral pigs? I know there is no season/bag limit. In one place it says a hunting license is required for feral pigs in another it says no license is required for depredating hogs.

2. Is it legal to hunt poisonous and non-poisonous snakes? They don't seem to be listed as either a game or non-game animal.

3. If it is legal to hunt snakes, is a hunting license required?

4. What are some "other pests" that are legal to hunt without a license?

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Re: Texas Hunting Regulation Question

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Post by Beiruty » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:08 am

1. Yes, from TX TPWD
How do I hunt feral hogs?

Although feral hogs are not classified as game animals, a hunting license is required to hunt them. Feral hogs are very intelligent and considered to be challenging quarry. Many hunters consider the long tusks and mean appearance a genuine trophy, in addition to the quality of meat. They also provide a great off-season challenge and opportunities to hone hunting skills and spend time in the field.

There are many hunting techniques used, including stand hunting over a baited area, quite often incidental to white-tailed deer hunting. Stalking or still hunting over baited areas and areas indicating recent hog activity, such as wallows, are commonly used techniques. Corn or milo, often soaked in water and allowed to sour and then buried underground is good bait.

Night hunting with a spotlight is often used; however, the local game warden must be notified beforehand. (There are certain laws which prohibit using artificial light where deer are known to range.) Hunting with well-trained dogs is another hunting method utilized and can be very exciting. Because the feral hog has such a tough hide the best rifle calibers to use should be a .243 or greater to prevent wounding and loss of the animal. Bowhunting, muzzleloading, and handguns are also popular among sportsmen to hunt feral hogs.
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Post by Beiruty » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:15 am

Not sure about snakes, but in Texas Hunter ed, they promote not to shoot snakes.

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https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outd ... er-species
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Post by Jago668 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:02 am

If at all possible talk to the local game warden. I know where my parents live they were turning a blind eye to people killing wild hogs. Simply because they were such a nuisance and destroying crops. I mention it simply as an option.
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Post by Abraham » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:21 am

All snakes are beneficial - Please don't kill them unless you absolutely have to.

Venomous snakes when found in my yard, generally cotton mouth and/or coral I usually re-locate with a long pole grabber.

However, one very small coral snake looked like it wanted to get in the house through the brick drain hole and I very reluctantly killed him.

Be aware, over 90% of bites happen when snakes are handled and not when you're simply in their range when you walk by them. As I've a fair amount of snake handling I've never been bitten. So, if you want to relocate a snake, be VERY cautious.

Another method to get them out of your yard is to bang a long handled shovel on the ground near them as a motivator to herd them out and no I'm not talking about them killing with a shovel...


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Post by lildave40 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:35 am

I didnt see anyone mentioning this. But a hunter safety course is required.

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Post by Jumping Frog » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:48 am

lildave40 wrote:I didnt see anyone mentioning this. But a hunter safety course is required.
Yes, agreed. This person took a hunter safety course about 8-9 years ago, so is eligible to purchase a license.
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Post by Jumping Frog » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:12 am

Abraham wrote:All snakes are beneficial - Please don't kill them unless you absolutely have to.
I completely agree and have expressed this.

However, young men sometimes do not listen to older, possibly wiser, men. :roll:
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Post by Jumping Frog » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:23 am

Hunting hogs as meat and sport do require a hunting license, noted above.

However, the main hunting regulations overview page of the TX website states that no hunting license is required for nuisance fur bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes.
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Post by Taypo » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:49 am

Jumping Frog wrote:
Abraham wrote:All snakes are beneficial - Please don't kill them unless you absolutely have to.
I completely agree and have expressed this.

However, young men sometimes do not listen to older, possibly wiser, men. :roll:
I despise snakes of all sizes and shapes, but I'll agree with this. They definitely have a place.

That being said I killed one a couple years back that would not take a hint. Three nights straight I came home from work to find a 3 or 4 footer wrapped around my front step railing. Two straight nights I peeled him off and walked him to the neighboring field where (I assume) he came from. The third night...didn't have a happy ending for him.

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