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    What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    I'm not a hunter...yet. I'd like to be.

    I have never hunted, growing up in the suburbs of Maryland. I'm active duty military in west Texas. I'm also a gun nut, and I'd like to apply my munitions to something other than paper.

    I have a friend who has offered to take me dove hunting on his land.

    I need to know what I need license-wise, training-wise, and equipment-wise.

    I've got a CHL and Air Force pistol Expert Marksman qualification.

    I have two shotguns. One is a Mossy 500 and a 24" barrel of unknown choke, 5-round tube. I also have a Remington 1100 set up for 3-gun with a 9 round tube and modified choke. I don't know which one is best or legal, if either.

    So what do I need to hunt dove with my friend?

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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    Hunting license throughout the state of Texas, hunter certification class (depending on age), and a shotgun with a 3 shell limit

    That's about it

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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    1. Hunting license with migratory bird stamp
    2. Shotgun 3 shot capacity maximum You can buy a plug for either of the shotguns you have
    3. Vest will hold ammo and has a back pouch that holds dove nicely
    4. Training with clay pigeons helps, generally in the off season as its hunting time now
    5. camo and boots
    6. Check texas parks and wildlife for daily and possesion limits. I believe it is 15 a day or 30 in possesion, but varies in different areas

    I have a freshly retired ex marine sniper and drill srgt for a brother in law. He was on the shooting team too. When he first went skeet shooting with us, it was rough. He improved quickly, but even they dont move like a dove flying. I enjoy telling my friends about how I can outshoot a sniper, one day I'll tell them what we were shooting...maybe. lol
    Dove hunting is great, I hope you enjoy.
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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    You can buy a plug, or make one out of a wooden dowel, small pipe, or pencil. Just be sure you can only get two in the tube.

    If you plan to hunt deer, or fish, look at the super combo license. It is a better deal if you need the other tags. The free TXPW book at the license counter is full of good information also.
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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by cleric View Post
    Hunting license throughout the state of Texas, hunter certification class (depending on age), and a shotgun with a 3 shell limit

    That's about it
    /\ This here. Hunter certification needed if born after Sep 1971. Expensive ticket as well if caught without.
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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    From the TPWD site:
    Hunter Education Deferral (cost: $10) Allows a person 17 years of age or older who has not completed a hunter education program to defer completion for up to one year. A deferral may only be obtained once and is only valid until the end of the current license year. A person who has been convicted or has received deferred adjudication for violation of the mandatory hunter education requirement is prohibited from applying for a deferral. Take the course by August 31 of the current license year and receive a $5 discount. The one-time Hunter Education Deferral is available at license vendors and went into effect September 1, 2004

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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    Does anyone know when the next hunter education class is in Austin Texas ?

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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    Look here for schedules all over the state: TPWD: Hunter Education

    The phone numbers are usually the instructors. Be patient if you don't get an immediate response. Many of the instructors are volunteers who still have other responsibilities.
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    Re: What Do I Need to Hunt in Texas

    As has already been stated, you need the hunter education class certification and a valid hunting license with the proper stamp. Even if you don't need the hunter ed. due to being born for the cut off date, I would suggest taking the class any way. There's some good info to be had for a person that has never hunted in their life (such as types of guns/weapons allowed for different game and ammo capacity restrictions, etc.)

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    All the hunters education guys are volunteers.

    You need a shotgun with 3 round max
    A hunting license
    A hunter safety class. Or pay 10 bucks for deferment. You have to hunt within earshot of someone with the class

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