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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 65WILDLIFE
SUBCHAPTER HPUBLIC LANDS PROCLAMATION
RULE §65.193Access Permit Required and Fees

(a) It is an offense for a person without a valid access permit to enter public hunting lands, except:

  (1) on areas or for activities where no permit is required;

  (2) persons who are authorized by, and acting in an official capacity for the department or the landowners of public hunting lands;

  (3) persons participating in educational programs, management demonstrations, or other scheduled activities sponsored or sanctioned by the department with written approval;

  (4) persons owning or leasing land within the boundaries of public hunting lands, while traveling directly to or from their property;

  (5) for a non-hunting or non-fishing adult who is assisting a permitted disabled person; or

  (6) for youth under the supervision of an authorized supervising adult possessing an APH permit or a LPU permit.

(b) Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit and Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit.

  (1) It is an offense for a person 17 years of age or older to enter public hunting lands or take or attempt to take wildlife resources on public hunting lands at times when an APH permit is required without possessing an APH permit or to fail to display the APH permit, upon request, to a department employee or other official authorized to enforce regulations on public hunting lands.

  (2) A person possessing a LPU permit may enter public hunting lands at times that access is allowed under the APH permit, and is authorized to fish but may not hunt.

  (3) Persons possessing an APH permit or an LPU permit may use public hunting lands to access adjacent public waters, and may fish in adjacent public waters from riverbanks on public hunting lands.

  (4) The permits required under paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection are not required for:

    (A) persons who enter Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area and do not hunt or enter upon the land;

    (B) persons who enter and hunt waterfowl within the Bayside Marsh Unit of Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area; or

    (C) persons who enter Zone C of the Guadalupe River Unit of the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area and do not hunt or fish.

  (5) The permit required by paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection is not valid unless the signature of the holder appears on the permit.

  (6) A person, by signature of the permit and by payment of a permit fee waives all liability towards the landowner (licensor) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (licensee).

(c) Mentored Hunting Permit--Permits issued under this subsection shall be available on a first-come, first-served basis for use on designated units of public hunting lands at designated times. A person may participate in a designated hunt under a mentored hunting permit only if the person has completed the mandatory mentored hunter workshop and has been authorized by the department to participate in hunt activities. A person who participates in a mentored hunt under a mentored hunting permit must be accompanied by a designated mentor.

(d) Permits for hunting wildlife resources on public hunting lands shall be issued by the department to applicants by means of a fair method of distribution subject to limitations on the maximum number of permits to be issued.

(e) The department may implement a system of issuing special permits that gives preference to those applicants who have applied previously but were not selected to receive a permit.

(f) Application fees.

  (1) The department may charge a non-refundable fee, which may be required to accompany and validate an individual's application in a drawing for a special permit .

  (2) The application fee for a special permit is waived for a person under 17 years of age; however, the youth must apply in conjunction with an authorized supervising adult to whom an application fee is assessed, except as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection.

  (3) The application fee for a special permit is waived for an adult who is making application to serve as a non-hunting authorized supervising adult for a youth in a youth-only drawn hunt category.

  (4) Persons under 17 years of age may be disqualified from applying for special package hunts or may be assessed the application fee.

  (5) The application fee for a special permit is waived for on-site applications made under standby procedures at the time of a hunt.

  (6) Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will be disqualified.

(g) Legal animals to be taken by special or regular permit shall be stipulated on the permit.

(h) Only one special or regular permit fee will be assessed in the event of concurrent hunts for multiple species, and the fee for the legal species having the most expensive permit will prevail.

(i) Any applicable special or regular permit fees will be waived for youth under the supervision of a duly permitted authorized supervising adult.

(j) Any applicable regular permit fees will be waived for persons possessing an APH permit.

(k) Certain hunts may be conducted totally or in part by regular permit. It is an offense to fail to comply with established permit requirements specifying whether a regular permit is required of all participants or required only of adult participants who do not possess an APH permit.

(l) Any applicable regular permit fees for authorized activities other than hunting or fishing will be waived for persons possessing an APH permit or an LPU permit.

(m) An access permit applies only to the individual to whom the permit is issued, and neither the permit nor the rights granted thereunder are transferable to another person.

(n) A person who fails to obey the conditions of a permit issued under this subchapter commits an offense.


Source Note: The provisions of this §65.193 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5316; amended to be effective August 20, 1998, 23 TexReg 8460; amended to be effective July 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 6545; amended to be effective August 9, 2001, 26 TexReg 5825; amended to be effective July 11, 2002, 27 TexReg 6038; amended to be effective January 3, 2005, 29 TexReg 12233; amended to be effective June 7, 2005, 30 TexReg 3256; amended to be effective July 18, 2007, 32 TexReg 4442; amended to be effective July 28, 2008, 33 TexReg 5981; amended to be effective July 22, 2013, 38 TexReg 4636; amended to be effective July 17, 2017, 42 TexReg 3542

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