Reload your License: Hunting, fishing opportunities are expanding in Texas

HARLINGEN — Most Texas hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of August and new licenses are now available.

As usual, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers a bewildering array of 85 separate licenses for hunting, saltwater and freshwater fishing, trapping and more.

A Resident Hunting license that extends from now to the end of August 2017 is $25.

Fishing licenses are for saltwater ($35) or freshwater ($30), or you can go for the Super Combo Package which covers freshwater and saltwater fishing and hunting for $68.

Or you can just throw your hands in the air and buy the Lifetime Combination License for $1,800 and never be troubled again with trying to navigate the complicated TPWD license maze.

This year TPWD, taking a page from Texas Lottery or maybe “Wheel of Fortune,” will add a sporting element with raffles for several prizes.

Big Time Texas Hunts offers the chance to win one or more premium guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included.

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Licenses and Costs

– Most licenses expire at the end of the month. New licenses are good from Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2017. These are some common licenses offered:

RESIDENT HUNTING

COST: $25

FISHING LICENSE SALTWATER, FRESHWATER

COST: $30 (freshwater) $35 (saltwater)

SUPER COMBO HUNTING AND ALL WATER FISHING

(Includes hunting, archery, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, upland game bird and migratory game bird)

COST: $68

LIFETIME COMBINATION LICENSE

COST: $1,800

Where to apply

– New 2016-2017 hunting and fishing licenses can be bought at license retailers, online at tpwd.texas.gov/buy or call 1-800-895-4248. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– There are roughly 2,500 retail outlets statewide that sell 2.4 million state licenses annually. Here are a few in Harlingen:

BassPro Shop

101 Bass Pro Drive

Johnny’s True Value

914 W. Tyler

South Texas Headquarters

20045 Business Hwy. 77

Wal-Mart

1801 W. Lincoln St.

Other Information

– TPWD also offers a $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit that allows hunters access to 1 million acres owned by private landowners who are entered in the program.

– Hunting season opens with white-winged dove on Sept. 3 in Cameron County.

– Updated hunting and fishing regulations can be found in the 2016-2017 Outdoor Annual, available in print form at license retailers, and at outdoorannual.com and in the free Outdoor Annual mobile app available for both Apple and Android devices.

Source: TPWD