Texas Legislative Roundup
May 16, 2019
Editorial Staff (296 articles)

Texas Legislative Roundup

Three noteworthy bills from the 86th legislative session

Three bills submitted to this year’s state legislative session will affect hunters and the whitetail industry. Here’s a quick run-down:

House Bill 547 from state Rep. Terry Canales would allow Texans the ability to carry their hunting and fishing licenses digitally via smartphone or other “wireless communication device.” The bill would mandate Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to accomplish this, with the agency providing a downloadable image licensees could get from a TWPD website, or allowing for a photograph of their physical license to serve as verification of a valid license. The bill passed and awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature. It will go into effect Sept. 1.

Senate Bill 317 from state Sen. Bryan Hughes would allow for resident and non-resident landowners, or their agents or lessees, to hunt feral hogs without a hunting license. According to KLTV in Austin, Hughes said in a February interview the current law could be interpreted to mean one would have to prove hogs are doing damage before you have the right to kill them. SB 317 clarifies feral hogs can be killed without a license whether or not damage is being caused. The bill passed and awaits the governor’s signature. It will go into effect Sept. 1.

House Bill 661 from state Rep. Ken King would allow deer breeding facilities “with the highest status transfer category as determined by commission rule” the ability to release breeder deer to a low-fenced site that “includes at least 5,000 acres of contiguous land, and is within 200 miles of the deer breeding facility.” The bill has been left in committee.

We’ll keep you up to date on these bills and any other pertinent information coming out of Austin. Stay tuned!



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  1. PissedOffHunter
    PissedOffHunter February 10, 01:39
    I dont want “deer breeders” to be able to release any pen raised deer into the wide. Most are not Native Texas deer bloodlines and you can’t control what they may be releasing. Bad genetics, sick or in-bred blood lines. Destroy them if they don’t want them.
  2. Lee
    Lee February 10, 04:13
    Stay with the paper license,and if you are hunting must have a license.
  3. PC
    PC February 12, 22:24

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