The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
otherwise. All other words and terms in this chapter shall have the
meanings assigned in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.
(1) Arrow gun--A device that fires an arrow or bolt
solely by the use of unignited compressed gas as the propellant.
(2) Air gun--A device that fires a bullet solely by
the use of unignited compressed gas as the propellant.
(3) Alligator gig--A pole or staff equipped with at
least one of the following:
(A) immovable prongs;
(B) two or more spring-loaded grasping arms; or
(C) a detachable head.
(4) Alligator hide tag (hide tag)--A department-issued
tag required by federal law pursuant to the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to be affixed to all alligators
taken in the state. All alligator hide tags issued by the department
are CITES tags.
(5) Annual bag limit--The quantity of a species of
a wildlife resource that may be taken from September 1 of one year
to August 31 of the following year.
(6) Antlerless deer--A deer having no hardened antler
protruding through the skin.
(7) Antler point--A projection that extends at least
one inch from the edge of a main beam or another tine. The tip of
a main beam is also a point.
(8) Bait--Something used to lure any wildlife resource.
(9) Baited area--Any area where minerals, vegetative
material or any other food substances are placed so as to lure a wildlife
resource to, on, or over that area.
(10) Bearded hen--A female turkey possessing a clearly
visible beard protruding through the feathers of the breast.
(11) Buck deer--A deer having a hardened antler protruding
through the skin.
(12) Buck pronghorn--A pronghorn with black cheek patches
below the ears.
(13) Daily bag limit--The quantity of a species of
a wildlife resource that may be lawfully taken in one day.
(14) Day--A 24-hour period of time that begins at midnight
and ends at midnight.
(15) Deer population data--Results derived from deer
population surveys and/or from systematic data analysis of density
or herd health indicators, such as browse surveys or other scientifically
acceptable data, that function as direct or indirect indicators of
(16) Final processing--The cleaning of a dead wildlife
resource for cooking or storage purposes. For a deer or antelope carcass,
the term includes the processing of the animal more than by quartering.
(17) Fully automatic firearm--Any firearm that is capable
of firing more than one cartridge in succession by a single function
of the trigger.
(18) Gig--Any hand-held shaft with single or multiple
(19) Herd unit--A discrete geographical area designated
by the department for the purpose of population monitoring and permit
issuance with respect to pronghorn.
(20) Landowner--Any person who has an ownership interest
in a tract of land, and includes a person authorized by the landowner
to act on behalf of the landowner as the landowner's agent.
(21) Lawful archery equipment--Longbow, recurved bow,
and compound bow.
(22) License year--The period of time for which an
annual hunting license is valid.
(23) Muzzleloader--Any firearm that is loaded only
through the muzzle.
(24) Permanent residence--One's domicile. This does
not include a temporary abode or dwelling such as a hunting/fishing
club, or any club house, cabin, tent, or trailer house used as a hunting/fishing
club, or any hotel, motel, or rooming house used during a hunting,
fishing, pleasure, or business trip.
(25) Possession limit--The maximum number of a wildlife
resource that may be lawfully possessed at one time.
(26) Pre-charged pneumatic--An air gun or arrow gun
for which the propellant is supplied or introduced by means of a source
that is physically separate from the air gun or arrow gun.
(27) Pronghorn--A pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana).
(28) Silencer or sound-suppressing device--Any device
that reduces the normal noise level created when the firearm is discharged
(29) Spike-buck deer--A buck deer with no antler having
more than one point.
(30) Unbranched antler--An antler having no more than
one antler point.
(31) Unbranched antlered deer--A buck deer having at
least one unbranched antler.
(32) Upper-limb disability--A permanent loss of the
use of fingers, hand or arm in a manner that renders a person incapable
of using a longbow, compound bow or recurved bow.
(33) Wildlife resources--Alligators, all game animals,
and all game birds.
(34) Wounded deer--A deer leaving a blood trail.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §65.3 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5303; amended to be effective July 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 6308; amended to be effective August 20, 1998, 23 TexReg 8450; amended to be effective July 26, 2001, 26 TexReg 5422; amended to be effective January 2, 2002, 26 TexReg 11005; amended to be effective June 3, 2002, 27 TexReg 4712; amended to be effective July 10, 2003, 28 TexReg 5206; amended to be effective July 11, 2004, 29 TexReg 6330; amended to be effective July 10, 2005, 30 TexReg 3997; amended to be effective September 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5342; amended to be effective July 18, 2007, 32 TexReg4421; amended to be effective August 23, 2009, 34 TexReg 5701; amended to be effective June 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 5575; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 3795; amended to be effective September 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 6052; amended to be effective September 26, 2018, 43 TexReg 6330; amended to be effective September 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 5008