Question: I’m interested in starting hunting deer, what process do I need to do to be able to hunt legally everything from license, gun permits, locations to hunt, etc?
Answer: Hunting licenses are available at most sporting goods stores that sell hunting supplies. Academy Sporting Goods has them. You don’t need a gun permit in Texas except to carry a concealed handgun. You can hunt in most state owned properties but some require that you buy a permit to hunt there. There are also day huntin g leases available in many locations throughout the state. Try contacting the Chamber of Commerce in Llano, Texas for a list of hunting properties in that area. For a beginner, Llano is a good place to start because of the plentiful number of deer there. As for a hunting rifle, I am pretty sure that Texas still has a restriction on the caliber of rifle that you can use. I think the minimum caliber is .25. The .243 would be included but not the .223. Handgun specifications state that the handgun used must meet certain foot pounds of muzzle energy to be legal and must be .44 caliber or larger. Bow hunting is legal as is hunting with a muzzle loader but both require permits from the state. Hunting with a crossbow is limited to persons with physical limitations that preclude their use of a regular bow. All of this information is available in a booklet that is available free at most hunting and fishing supply stores. Just go in and ask for the Texas Hunting Regulation handbook.