want to start hunting in east texas, need advice.


April 26, 2007, 11:52 PM
I have a friend of mine who go hunting in E. Texas and they asked me to come along.

They said I need hunting license even though the game warden is never there. I would like to do this the legal way and not get into any trouble.

I understand you have to take a course and not just get the license.

Anybody know of any good online courses that are quick and easy?

I came across this site, http://www.hunter-ed.com/tx/index.htm.

Am I heading in the right direction? IS there an easier way of doing this?

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April 27, 2007, 12:07 AM
"...even though the game warden is never there..." Game wardens and Conservation Officers can come out of nowhere. If you have no licence, you will be arrested.
"...a day of field activities..." This'd be the practical firearm handling portion of the test. If you are new to firearms and shooting you'd be better to take the classroom course.

April 27, 2007, 12:23 AM
For information on requirements for getting a hunting license, call Carter's Country (281-443-8393) and ask for Doris. She should be able to tell you the straight scoop and put you in contact with any training courses required.

Good shooting and be safe.

April 27, 2007, 12:24 AM
don't know about a course, just go to Academy and get the license

April 27, 2007, 10:10 AM
I think you only need the hunters ed if you were born after september 1st 1971 (Texas only). You are well advised to have everything in order as they (game wardens) have stiff fines and can lock you and/or your guns up.

April 27, 2007, 10:25 AM
You can stop at any WalMart and get the latest copy of Texas hunting regulations and they can sell you the license there. They even take credit cards. :)
Each county has different regulations on bag limits, dates, etc. so be sure and check out the county regs for where you'll be hunting.
New licenses come out in August, by the way.

Navy Vet & SWIFT Boat OIC

April 28, 2007, 01:17 AM
thanks a lot guys! i was hoping to do all this in the summer and start shooting. guess it will be after summer.

April 28, 2007, 08:54 AM
As a former resident in East Texas (city of Crockett in Houston County)...

1. Do not underestimate a game warden. In Texas, they do not need a warrant and can go anywhere, anytime (for a while, some PD's were getting a game warden to do some of the grunt work...you know..."Knock knock...Texas Game Warden...let me kn NOW!").

2. Since wardens deal with people who are carrying guns - usually much more firepower than they have - they do not screw around. Finding a warden who gives a "stranger" a break is rare. You can/will loose firearms, licenses, and freedom plus significant bank accounts. Example: Last time I dove hunted in Crockett, I was with the TP&W county agent. The warden knew him, of course, but he checked BOTH OF US for proper guns, licenses, etc. He was extremely friendly and professional, but also thorough.

3. The six most dangerous words with guns & hunting are "It's no big deal" and "Watch this."

4. Depending on what you hunt and where you hunt in East TExas, be VERY careful. If you're headed into the Nat'l Forest, there are guys who think it's a lot of fun to go in there and play Rambo.

5. Hunting licenses run August to August. If you're going deer, dove, or turkey hunting (and nothing between now and then) wait until the fall to buy it.

6. If you're new to hunting, go to a class and take it with other people around instead of on-line. You'll learn a lot from listening and talking to others - especially the older guys who have been doing this for a long time. My dad was a hunter's ed instructor for about 10 years. He would come home after teaching the classes and tell us the stuff he learned (and also some of the dumb comments people made). The point is, HE continued to learn.

Preacher Man

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