Texas allows you the opportunity to apply for high-quality hunts across the state for adults and youth hunters. Application fees are as low as $0 up to $10, and all youth hunt entries are free. The application process is simple and quite cheap. You can apply for $10 for the regular sheep drawing, and you can purchase as many chances as you would like for the Big Time Texas Hunts at $9 a piece plus a $5 processing fee. No permit fee is required for successful applicants, but they will need to purchase a Texas hunting license for $315. The application deadlines for the 2021-2022 draw hunts began August 1st with deadlines following on the 1st and 15th of every month. For 2021, the deadline to apply for Desert bighorn sheep will again be pushed back to November 1, 2021. New for 2021, guided gemsbok and guided Scimitar-horned oryx will also be pushed back to November 1, 2021. October 15th is the deadline to get your entries in for the Texas Grand Slam hunt package and all other raffles for the Big Time Texas Hunts. For the official rules for the Big Time Texas Hunts, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/rules.phtml.
Public draw applications will only be accepted online at www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/. The online application process is very simple and easy to use. You will first need to create an account and be assigned a customer ID number. If you have any questions or need assistance with applying for any of the guided hunt packages, you can either call Texas Parks and Wildlife at 512-389-4800 or the Huntin’ Fool License Application Department at 435-865-1020.
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Preference points were instituted on September 1, 1985. Now that the application system is online, all preference points will carry over and be called Loyalty Points. Each Loyalty Point provides the applicant an additional chance in the drawing. With the Loyalty Point system, first-year applicants have the ability to draw these sought-after permits.
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There are a few different options when it comes to purchasing a hunting license in Texas. The non-resident general hunting license allows you to hunt any legal bird or animal, including deer. Endorsement requirements apply. If you are hunting whitetail deer or mule deer, including MLDP tags, antelope, or bighorn sheep, this is the only valid license available to participate in those activities for nonresidents.
The non-resident special hunting license allows you to hunt exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkey), all non-game animals, furbearing animals, squirrel, javelina, and alligator. It is not valid for whitetail or mule deer, including MLDP tags, antelope, or bighorn sheep. Endorsement requirements apply.
The non-resident five-day hunting license allows you to hunt legally for any period of five consecutive days. Valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when it is issued. It is valid to hunt exotic animals, all legal game birds (except turkey), all non-game animals, fur-bearing animals, squirrel, javelina, and alligator on this license. It is not valid for whitetail or mule deer, including MLDP tags, antelope, or bighorn sheep. Endorsement requirements apply.
For more information on non-resident hunting licenses, go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/licenses/hunting-licenses-and-permits/hunting-licenses.