Is it legal for a convicted felon to hunt with a crossbow in tx ?


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garza
September 21, 2009, 04:17 PM
If it is. Is a barnett wildcat c5 a decent crossbow for hunting deer & eater size hogs ?

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birdshot8's
September 21, 2009, 04:42 PM
i was thinking the only hunters who could legally use a cross bow in texas were those who had an arm amputated. texas game and parks would be the place for you to check. they have a hunting guidelines which you can pick up free at about any decent store or download from the web site.

i personally prefer a bow over a cross bow because of the unlimited options.

TexasRifleman
September 21, 2009, 04:55 PM
Crossbows can be used by anyone in both the archery and regular seasons in Texas. There are some limits on the design of the thing.

I have never understood why so many people believe you can't hunt with a crossbow.

I have also never seen anything prohibiting felons from having crossbows here.

Crossbow:

* IMPORTANT NOTICE: Crossbows are lawful for any person during the Archery-Only Open Season in all counties EXCEPT Grayson County.
* Any person, regardless of physical ability, may use a crossbow to hunt game animals or game birds in any county, including Grayson County, during a general open season or Eastern spring turkey season.
* An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season. An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer at any time in Grayson County, including during the general open season (Nov. 7- Jan. 3)
* A crossbow is lawful for game animals and game birds, provided:
o the crossbow has a minimum pull of 125 pounds;
o the crossbow has a mechanical safety; and
o the crossbow stock is not less than 25 inches in length.
* Telescopic sights are lawful.


http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/means/

kanook
September 21, 2009, 04:57 PM
Crossbow:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Crossbows are lawful for any person during the Archery-Only Open Season in all counties EXCEPT Grayson County. In Grayson County, no person may use a crossbow to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season (Oct. 3-Nov. 6) unless the person has an upper-limb disability and has in immediate possession a physician's statement that certifies the extent of the disability. An upper-limb disability is a permanent loss of the use of fingers, hand, or arm in a manner that renders the person incapable of using a longbow, compound bow, or recurved bow.
Any person, regardless of physical ability, may use a crossbow to hunt game animals or game birds in any county, including Grayson County, during a general open season or Eastern spring turkey season.
An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season. An archery stamp endorsement is required to hunt deer at any time in Grayson County, including during the general open season (Nov. 7- Jan. 3)
A crossbow is lawful for game animals and game birds, provided:
the crossbow has a minimum pull of 125 pounds;
the crossbow has a mechanical safety; and
the crossbow stock is not less than 25 inches in length.
Telescopic sights are lawful.
it does say "any person". Not sure if that includes felons

garza
September 21, 2009, 04:58 PM
Thanks for your reply. Its legal to use crossbows now but not sure about felons. Thank for the info.

garza
September 21, 2009, 05:52 PM
Yea kanook it does say "any person".

TCOV
September 22, 2009, 01:33 PM
The question might be can a felon posess a weapon in Texas and the definition of weapon. Probably under criminal codes instead of hunting regs. You need to know what rights are reinstated after completing the sentence.

garza
September 22, 2009, 03:10 PM
:rolleyes: really ?

TCOV
September 22, 2009, 03:28 PM
Yes, really. If you served probation a judge may have dismissed the charges and restored all of your rights. If prison was served and sentence completed there may be restrictions on rights. Sometimes a lawyer can get all rights restored, even at the federal level. Even though there are no federal restrictions for sale of muzzeloaders other than age it is still illegal in WA for a felon to have. I don't know about other weapons as crossbows as I never had an interest. If I was in your situation I would check it out.

hso
September 22, 2009, 03:32 PM
If you have a parole officer you should ask them.

garza
September 22, 2009, 04:10 PM
I apologize for being sarcastic. I mistook ur reply as being that way. Sorry :)

TCOV
September 22, 2009, 04:26 PM
No offense taken. I had this situation myself once. It's a lot easier to have a felony record nowdays than when the founding fathers wrote the rules. I'm thinking for a lot of things a weekend in the stockade in middle of town and then get over it was a better deal than the lifetime punishment given nowdays. My opinion.

garza
September 22, 2009, 04:34 PM
Yeah, I think so too. I'm not the felon. Its a relative but he got it when he was like 20. He's 37 now loves the outdoors and really hates that he can't hunt with a rifle.

BHP FAN
September 22, 2009, 05:22 PM
Hell,execute them,or restore their rights upon release.We shouldn't have ''half citizens''.A much different story if the person is mentally disabled,of course.

Tacbandit
September 22, 2009, 05:36 PM
Same situation with someone I know...Years later, he checked and there wasn't even a
"record"....It would pay for him to check it out...

garza
September 22, 2009, 05:40 PM
Yep, its starting to look that way. Hell, it never hurts to try.

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