Breckenridge Texan

Texas hunting, fishing licenses to go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 15
August 12
06:44 2017
A sign at a local business  in Breckenridge advertises the sale hunting and fishing licenses beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15. (Photo by Carla Mckeown/Breckenridge Texan)

The 2017-2018 Texas hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 15. All current year licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

Every year, 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 more than 1,700 retailers across the state and online at . All revenue generated from hunting and fishing license fees pays for conservation efforts and recreational opportunities. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and Texas game wardens are some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees.

TPWD will award Lifetime Super Combo Licenses to three 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 . The first entry deadline for the three monthly drawings will be Sept. 30 with the first winner drawn on Oct. 2. Any entries not drawn will be automatically included in the next drawings on Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

Hunters and anglers can also support two causes when they buy their hunting or fishing licenses by making voluntary donations of $1, $5, $10 or $20 to help support the “Feeding Texas’ Hunters for the Hungry” program or the Veterans Commission’s Veterans Assistance Fund.

Donations to the Hunters for the Hungry program provides hunters with a way to donate legally harvested deer to participating processors. The processed meat goes to local food banks to feed Texas families in need. Last year, hunters and anglers donated $106,913 through the TPWD licensing system, which helped offset a percentage of the processing fees for food banks and made it possible for more Texas families in need to enjoy this quality protein source.

Donations to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance program provide grants to veteran service organizations and nonprofit charitable institutions that assist veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas. In its first year in 2017, license buyers contributed $193,903 in donations from Texas hunting and fishing license purchasers.

Hunters and anglers can get their 2017-2018 hunting and fishing licenses and special drawing entries online at, 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 occasion for this $5 fee. All of the license sales outlets will offer the opportunity to make a donation to help veterans and/or families in need of food.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2017-2018 Outdoor Annual, available in print form at license retailers, online at and in the free Outdoor Annual mobile app available for both Apple and Android devices and updated with regulations for the new season on Aug. 15.

For more information on hunting and fishing throughout the year, hunters and anglers can sign up for email updates at or by texting TPWD HUNT or TPWD FISH and their email address to GOV311 (ex. TPWD HUNT


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