It is unlawful to hunt on public grounds at night in Texas, as it is in many other states. However, if you're hunting non-game species such as feral pigs, Axis deer, or Russian boar on private territory, you can hunt at night. Private property owners can decide what activities are allowed on their land, so if you have a permit to hunt deer and want to go night hunting, they should not be an issue.
Night hunting is possible because most game species are active at night, and many humans find night hunting more enjoyable. Also, since most hunters don't catch all their prey during the day, having access to night time hunting opportunities increases one's chance of success. Finally, since most crimes against people happen during nighttime, being able to hunt at night is useful for self defense.
There are some restrictions for night hunters. For example, you cannot use artificial lights such as headlamps or lasers to help spot game. This is because these devices emit light, which can scare off wildlife or lead them directly toward audible or visible signs of human presence.
Another restriction for night hunters is that they cannot use firearms that shoot bullets. The only exception to this rule is if you have a license to carry a concealed weapon, in which case you can use a firearm that shoots compressed air instead.
According to Texas law, huntable species, such as deer, pheasants, and turkeys, are the property of the state's inhabitants; consequently, to hunt them on your individually owned land, you must get a hunting license for that specific animal. However, non-hunted species, such as raccoons, possums, and gophers, are considered public property and may be hunted without a license on privately owned land or buildings.
An exception to this rule is made for people who have inherited their land through will or deed restrictions. If you are able to prove that you have ownership of the land, then no license is required to hunt its wildlife.
People who live in rural areas often enjoy helping others with their hunting skills by acting as "spotters" or "guides." There is no legal requirement for someone who is not a licensed hunter to be present when you go out hunting, but it is recommended because it makes things safer for everyone involved.
It is also acceptable to hire someone else to act as your guide if you cannot afford a spotter/guide or if you just want some extra help with handling certain situations that might arise while you're out hunting. Hiring someone is always preferred over going it alone because it saves time and energy for everyone involved.
Feral pigs can be hunted at night with the aid of a flashlight, but it is a good idea to notify your local game warden that you will be hunting feral hogs. Furthermore, with a permission from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, feral hogs may be managed by aerial gunning. This involves shooting them with guns mounted on airplanes or helicopter blades.
Feral pigs are responsible for spreading disease into livestock operations and crop fields. They also destroy property by rooting up lawns and gardens. The best way to control these pests is through management practices that reduce their population size. This can be done by not feeding the animals or removing food sources such as fruit trees. Also, consider installing pig barriers or other methods to prevent pigs from entering areas where they could cause damage.
It is illegal to hunt any animal during closed season periods or before permit requirements have been met. Hunters should also follow all safety procedures when hunting any species of wildlife.