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Texas Hunting questions

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by ProGlock, May 16, 2002.

  1. ProGlock

    ProGlock He is The One

    Jan 7, 2002
    I accidentally posted this in the wrong forum earlier.

    Anyway, I've been looking all over the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, but wasn't able to find any info - maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.

    I have 2 questions with regards to hunting in Texas:

    1. Is a 10mm caliber permitted? If so, is there any sort of minimum force or speed on the bullet required?

    2. Can silencers be used when hunting?

  2. mpol777

    mpol777 Feral Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Cochise County, AZ

  3. Alpine


    Dec 21, 2000
    There are no caliber restrictions in Texas. Rimfire ammo is not allowed for game birds, deer, antelope, or desert bighorn sheep. Eastern turkey and game birds are shotgun only. But whenever you can use a rifle or handgun (which is almost all the time), 10mm is legal.

    Silencers can't be used for game animals or game birds.

    See for yourself in SEc. 65.11:$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=31&pt=2&ch=65&rl=11

    You can also call TPWD and ask to talk to someone in the Wildlife or Law Enforcement divisions. 800-792-1112
  4. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    Spring, TX.
    Game birds, except Spring Eastern Turkey season, can be hunted with any legal firearm, including rimfire. Migratory birds can only be hunted with a shotgun (federal law).

    Machine guns and silencers are not legal to hunt with.

    No magazine capacity limit on rifles or pistols or revolvers, and no minimum caliber.
  5. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    You mean there's no 5-round magazine limit on rifles? Always thought there was..... maybe hunting wild pigs with a 30-round mag in my AK.. hmmm :) I don't have a hunting license mostly cause I don't know anybody to hunt with, or have a "hunting rifle".
  6. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    Spring, TX.
    Go for it, that would probably be fun. There are lots of misconceptions about what is legal to hunt and how in Texas. No one ever believes me when I tell them that it is perfectly legal to hunt Quail with a 22lr, but it is.

    Folks from other states think that hunting deer from a vehicle is illegal, but in Texas on private land it is legal and quite accepted, especially in South Texas.
  7. switch625

    switch625 S. S. Squirrel

    Jul 27, 2001
    guy i used to work with would load up in a truck with his friends, spotlight and assorted handguns(his was a 23), drive through the fields shooting hogs. sometimes running over them. kinda questionable ethics in my book. but to each his own.