Residents range in age from 12 to 17 years old. Youths as young as 11 years old are eligible to apply if they will be 12 years old by the time they hunt. Once they reach the age of 18, youths are no longer permitted to hunt using first-time tags. However, if they have already taken a deer and would like to continue hunting, they can purchase another tag for an additional $50.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older during all times that they are on public lands. The adult must sign the youth's tag application, which can be done online or at a Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) office. An adult is required to be with the youth during the entire hunting season. If the youth wishes to harvest more than one deer, a new tag needs to be purchased for each deer harvested.
The best time to go deer hunting is between November and February. During these months, there is less chance of getting caught in a storm and more chances of seeing some activity from the herd. It is also recommended to go early in the morning or late in the evening because this is when most people don't want to hunt.
People who know about deer habits and behavior can use this information to their advantage by placing themselves where the deer are likely to pass by.
A kid must be 14 years old and have completed a hunter education course to hunt alone; children aged 12 and 13 can hunt with a parent or guardian, but must also receive a hunting safety certificate. The supervised hunt, which has been running for ten years, has increased in popularity from 19,054 when it initially started six years ago to 31,250 in 2014. There were 81 reported cases of children being injured while hunting between 2003 and 2013. Of these cases, three children died.
The number of kids going deer hunting has more than doubled since 2005. There are now about 200,000 underage hunters out there. That's why it's important that they follow all the rules when hunting to prevent injuries or death.
The most common injury involved cuts and stumbles into obstacles such as trees or over cliffs. Hunters under 18 need help preventing these accidents by using good sense and judgment when hunting. For example, if it's dark out and you don't see any deer, then it's probably better not to go out alone. Young people should also use caution not to fall off cliffs or into ponds because there may be snakes hiding in those places. Finally, kids should always wear appropriate clothing when hunting so they don't get hurt by animals or objects around them. For example, girls should wear pants instead of shorts when hunting because animals can see color and will attack someone who looks like they could be prey. Boys should wear shirts instead of T-shirts because guns can be hot and it's important to protect yourself against heat exhaustion.
Fourteen years old A kid must be 14 years old and have completed a hunter education course to hunt alone; children aged 12 and 13 can hunt with a parent or guardian, but must also receive a hunting safety certificate.
Youth under the age of 17 must be under the direct supervision of an allowed adult who is at least 18 years old and is licensed to hunt in Texas. Young people under the age of 12 must remain within normal hearing distance of an adult supervisor (direct supervision). The only exception is if the youth is a member of a hunting group, then that person can act as a proxy for the minor child while they are outside of hearing distance.
In order for a juvenile to harvest a deer in Texas, they need to be a part of a hunting party composed of at least one adult supervisor and one other juvenile under the age of 16. It is recommended but not required that young people under the age of 12 participate in training programs designed to teach them proper deer handling techniques, safety, and firearm maintenance. Although there is no specific age limit for participation in these programs, most providers recommend that individuals under the age of 14 participate in real-life situations with an instructor present.
During regular season deer hunting, juveniles under the age of 17 may not use a rifle or shotgun. They can, however, use a muzzleloader. A muzzleloader is a large gun used by adults for hunting large game animals like deer. It looks similar to a rifle but has a larger barrel and uses ball-shaped bullets made of black powder fired from behind the front sight.