Due to the nature of hunting with deadly weapons, safety always come first. Gun safety is first and foremost on the ranch, but your participation and cooperation is paramount to keep safety first.

Texas Hunter Safety Course

Every hunter born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course, or be accompanied* while hunting. The minimum age of certification is 9 yeard old.

For those born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:

  • Under the age of 9, you must be accompanied* while hunting.

  • Age 9 through 16, must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied* while hunting.

  • Age 17 and over, must successfully complete a hunter education course, or purchase a “Hunter Education Deferral” and you must be accompanied* while hunting.

Please note that some federal controlled areas require all hunters using that site to have hunter education certification

Keep in mind that some areas are federally controlled and require all hunters to have a Hunter Education Certification. In Texas, this includes the Corps of Engineers property and most military reservations. Always check the area specifications prior to going hunting.

Hunting Education Deferral – $10.00

The hunting education deferral allows hunters, over the age of 17 and with who also completed a hunter education program to defer completition for up to 1 year. A defferal can only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year.

If the person has been convicted or has received deferred adjudication for violation of the mandatory hunter education requirment is prohibited from applying for a deferral.

If the course is took before August 31 of the current license year you will receive a $5.00 discount. The one-time Hunter Education Deferral is available at license vendors.

* Accompanied means: While hunting, by a person who is over the age of 17, who owns a license to hunt in the estate of Texas, who passed the hunter education or is exept (born before September 2, 1971), and you must be within normal voice control. Proof of certification or deferral is required to be on your person while hunting. Note: Certification id not required to purchase a hunting license.

Hunting Outside Texas

Bellow you will find a list of usefull links that will help you learn and know what requirements and laws are applyied in other states.

Hunter Education Requirements in the US and Canada
Bowhunter Education Requirements in other States

International Hunter Education Association

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