Texas Hog Hunt advice


Icky The Great
January 24, 2014, 09:56 PM
I am supposed to be headed down to Texas to go on a hog hunt on a private ranch. I would like to bring 2 rifles and a pistol as well as my friends rifle. I have never traveled with firearms and have never hunted in another state. I am from PA. What are some things I need to look for in bringing firearms and ammo with me on the plane and what considerations should I be aware of for Texas? I was told I do not need a license because I am on a private ranch but I will be trying to print up a copy of Texas game laws if I can get the thing working. I was also told to buy7 a Pelican case instead of the flimsy hard plastic ones, thoughts?

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January 24, 2014, 10:02 PM
One requirement is to take pictures of the Hog Hunt and post them to THR when you get back. As far as the other questions, I'll let someone else answer them. Enjoy the hunt. :)

January 24, 2014, 10:15 PM
To the best of my knowledge, you do need a hunting license to hunt anything, including hogs. You can, however hunt hogs at night. I would check the
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ site and confirm as I am not a game warden.

Here is the website for TSA in regard to flying with firearms:


Here is my experience flying with rifles: I use a Pelican case and fit as many rifles as I need along with the ammo. They are locked with 2 padlocks and are considered airline approved. When you get to the airport, just let them know that you are shipping firearms and they will want you to unlock the case and they will take it behind the counter for extra scrutiny. It will be returned to you and you will fill out an orange card affirming it is unloaded and the card will be placed in the case, then it will be locked by you and handed back to the airlines for transport to your destination.

Hope this limited info helps, please confirm for yourself to make sure that nothing has changed. Good luck on your hunting.

January 24, 2014, 11:49 PM
itg, 1/25/14

One site I've found useful for Texas hog hunting info is www.texasboars.com. Unfortunately they lost years of info recently due to some sort of computer hacking and are now rebuilding the site. They have a bunch of members who are very knowledgable and helpful.

good hunting- oldandslow

January 25, 2014, 02:51 AM
Don't shoot the ones that say moo ! :D

January 25, 2014, 03:19 AM
Don't shoot the ones that say moo !

My buddy and I always thought the white faced hogs were the best ones.

Last spring I hunted nilgai in Texas. I had to buy a license for exotics, which was also good for everything but deer and turkey, 50 something dollars.

Double Naught Spy
January 25, 2014, 09:19 AM
I was told I do not need a license because I am on a private ranch but I will be trying to print up a copy of Texas game laws if I can get the thing working.

Not exactly correct. You have to be hunting depredating hogs.

January 25, 2014, 09:23 AM
Some airlines, I think, require ammunition to be in original factory boxes, in a locked container separate from the firearm. I recall seeing that on Alaskan Airlines. Best to check with your carrier.

Art Eatman
January 25, 2014, 10:01 AM

January 25, 2014, 09:20 PM
From the TPWD handbook:

A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license). No license is required for nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes (see below). Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License (Type 169).


A hunting license is not required to hunt the following:
•Coyotes, if the coyotes are attacking, about to attack or have recently attacked livestock, domestic animals or fowl.
•Depredating feral hogs, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner's agent or lessee is taking feral hogs causing depredation on the landowner's land.

I was told (by a Game Warden ) to check with the game warden in the county where you plan to hunt regarding "depredating feral hogs".

January 25, 2014, 10:11 PM
The local game wardens I've spoken to say that if its your land then no liscense is needed. Otherwise you do. Also if hunting someone elses place you should have written consent on you at all times. They also tell me to call every night that I hunt but I told them that if there's enough moon to see and there are hogs around to just assume I'll be shooting. They offered no contest. Read the laws, act accordingly, and be courteous but firm if your in the right.

January 26, 2014, 02:33 PM
FWIW I have flown Southwest several times with firearms and I have found them to be very accommodating and knowlegable about firearms. And the ticket agents don't dive under a desk when you mention firearms. :D

January 26, 2014, 02:49 PM
Is the private ranch completely fenced? A lot of these ranches get away with allowing no license hunts by stocking them themselves, making the animals on the property "domestic" animals, not subject to hunting regulations.

Not sure how it works in Texas, but that's something to look into. Either way, make sure you know for sure before you kill anything.

January 28, 2014, 11:05 AM
If you are paying to hunt you have to have a lic, if you own the land you don't have to have a lic and if you are being paid to come in to do some control hunting. As a guide that's what they have told me anyway.

January 28, 2014, 11:34 AM
Just curious as to what guns and calibers you are taking?

January 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
Also, how are you getting to TX? I would encourage you to avoid flying through NY, NJ or DC:

If you (or someone else better at using the search function) search a bit in the Legal forum here you can probably find the story of a guy that was connecting through one of the NYC airports with a checked rifle. His flight out of NYC got delayed overnight so his luggage, incl. firearm, were returned to him and he went to his hotel. The next morning he went to the counter to check his luggage to continue his journey. He told the attendant that he had a rifle to check. The attendant then called the cops who promptly arrested the guy for possessing a[n illegal] rifle in NYC limits. Never heard how that settled out, but I'm sure he ended up out at least a few grand + his rifle.

The odds of finding yourself in a similar situation are probably similar to winning the lottery, but why risk it? I would simply avoid traveling through anywhere with an AWB or any other type of ban.

January 30, 2014, 09:52 AM
I have been to Texas a bunch of times to hunt hogs. Each and every time the outfitters had us purchase one of the Non Resident 5 day Special Hunting licenses ($48).

If you have any questions whatsoever, call TXPWD and get the information straight from them. Contrary to what many believe, Texas is not a hunting free-for-all, they take the enforcement of game laws and property boundaries very seriously. The game wardens down there don't play around. Hunting in Texas is big business and thus is enforced strictly.

While a pelican case is an awesome case and just about bullet proof, they tend to be very heavy, often times resulting in some pretty substantial oversize baggage fees. I have always used one of the less expensive Plano cases (the slightly more rigid ones, not the flimsy plastic ones). I pack my rifle, then pack as much of my hunting clothing around the rifle (often times removing foam to make room for clothes). When I am done, the entire rifle is wrapped securely in my hunting gear. I have never had an issue packing things in this manner in spite of the case getting beat up on a couple of trips. Ammunition gets put into my checked bag with the rest of my clothes.

Regarding the ammunition container, the requirement is either the manufacturer's box or a suitable container designed for ammunition. One of the plastic reloading boxes works as well. The big requirement is that all of the rounds must be secured in their own compartment. If the ammunition is free to "roll around" inside the box, you will have trouble with TSA. When I fly, I normally put some foam in the lid of my reloading boxes to keep the rounds secure and from rattling around.

Icky The Great
January 30, 2014, 10:10 AM
My friend and I live in SW Pa. As far as airlines go there are a few. I have heard good things about southwest so I am hoping to use them. Its my friends uncle's ranch and we have the run of it. We should be the only people there. I am hoping to take my custom rem700 30-06 with match ammo and 30-30win plus a 44mag.
I have contacted game wardens and parks about it all. They sent me some good info. As I learn more I will update the thread. Thanks for help.

Red Wind
January 30, 2014, 12:57 PM
^Sounds like a good outing is in store! You are taking some excellent firearms for hogs along. Have fun. :)

Scott Farkus
January 30, 2014, 01:55 PM
I've yet to encounter a feral hog that wasn't a depredating hog. This has always seemed to me somewhat of a gray area in Texas law, more or less subject to the whims of the local game warden. Personally, I wish they'd clear it up but until they do, if I were the OP I'd spend the $50 or whatever it is to get the temporary license.

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