Hunting, fishing licenses go on sale this week

Hunting, fishing licenses go on sale this week

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the opening of dove seasons across Texas, and that is going to be followed up by the mid-September teal season, with the bow season on deer the first week of October. It’ll all be here before you know it, and right now is the right time to start getting ready for bird hunts. It all starts with getting your new hunting and fishing license, which is on sale right now.

All current Texas hunting and fishing licenses expire Aug. 31.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues more than 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses through the agency’s 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers across the state and online.

Texans can also enter Big Time Texas Hunts drawing when purchasing their license. Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win any of nine exciting premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. Many also allow the winners to bring friends along to hunt. There are packages to hunt bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, alligator, waterfowl, upland game birds, wild hog and exotics. Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online for $9 each at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buyentry or for $10 each at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248.

TPWD will also be awarding Lifetime Super Combo Licenses to three lucky winners through the Lifetime License Drawing. Winners will never need to buy another Texas hunting or fishing license. Participants can enter for $5 per entry at license retailers or online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/licensedraw. The first entry deadline for the three monthly drawings is Sept. 30, with the first winner drawn Oct. 2. Any entries not drawn will be automatically included in the next drawings Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

Hunters and anglers can get their new 2017-18 hunting and fishing licenses and special drawing entries or Big Time Texas Hunts entries online at www.tpwd.texas.gov/buy, at license retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248. The online transaction system is available 24/7. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a required $5 administrative fee for each phone or online transaction, but multiple items can be purchased during a single transaction for this $5 fee. All of these licensed sales outlets will offer the opportunity to make a donation to help veterans and/or families in need of food.

Did you know?

All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas game wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees.

Big Thicket National Preserve

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to explore the thicket by taking advantage its many ranger-led programs.Friday, Aug. 25, is Movie Night, with presentation of the PBS “The National Parks of Texas: In Contact with Beauty.” Texas is home to 16 National Park Service sites. Learn about these special places that protect the state’s natural and cultural heritage. Meet at the Big Thicket visitor center in Kountze. The one-hour documentary starts at 6:30 p.m.Robert Sloan is the outdoors editor for The Examiner. E-mail your favorite photos or hunting and fishing experience to sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com for possible publication in the paper.

Hunting season dates, bag limits on doves and teal: 

DoveNorth ZoneSept. 1 – Nov. 12 and Dec. 15-31Central ZoneSept. 1 – Nov. 5 and Dec. 15 – Jan. 7, 2018Special White-Winged Dove Days(entire South Zone)Sept. 2-3, 9-10South ZoneSept. 22 – Nov. 8 and Dec. 15 – Jan. 21, 2018The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit 45.During the early two weekends in the Special White-Winged Dove Days, hunting is allowed only from noon to sunset and the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. During the general season in in the special area, the aggregate bag limit is 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

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