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Hunting in Texas: 4 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 08:47 PM

Sport hunting is an activity that hunters of all ages can enjoy together. The robust diversity of game species in Texas provides a wealth of educational opportunities for teaching about wildlife conversation, hunter ethics, firearm safety, and how to move quietly and unobtrusively through various wilderness environments.

Here are four regulations set forth by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department worth considering prior to purchasing permit for prospective junior hunters:

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1. Is it needed?

Under the age of 9, children are not required to be licensed for hunting activities. They must, however, be accompanied by a licensed adult at all times, within range of normal volume vocal instruction. While the active engagement in hunting may be limited, there is still a great deal for them to experience and observe, which offers a solid foundation for a young hunter’s education and lifelong appreciation.

2. Safety first, last, and always

Hunter education courses are required prior to licensing of all hunters, whether junior or adult. The minimum age of certification is 9 years. The TPWD permits a one-time purchase of a single year deferral, during which time the hunter may be licensed for any sport hunting activities, but must be accompanied at all times. All junior licensed hunters are also required to be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter.

3. Use protection

Children’s hearing is more sensitive and prone to damage than that of adults. While wearing eye and ear protection is an obvious requirement at a firing range, it’s a safety precaution sometimes overlooked while hunting in the field. Take care to ensure that a child's goggles and over-the-ear muffs are a comfortable fit and well padded for long-term wear. Ear muffs with a built-in microphone, while slightly more expensive, might prove a wise investment as they ensure that instructions spoken in a normal tone of voice can be heard clearly.

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4. Be colorful

Blaze orange attire and headgear is a requirement for all hunters. It is especially helpful with younger hunters, who might otherwise be easily mistaken for game in dense woodland, undergrowth, or even overgrown fields.

Sharing wildlife conservation and firearm safety are crucial to understanding and appreciation, and can begin at any age. Taking the kids or grandkids hunting is a great activity to do together, for a lifetime.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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