Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Texas Hunting License on Sale Now

Texas new hunting and fishing licenses for 2008-09 will be available beginning Aug. 15, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters to buy early and avoid the rush heading into the Sept. 1 dove season opener.If you wait until the Friday before the dove season opener, you’re probably going to be standing in line to buy a license. It takes an average of five to fifteen minutes to process a license sale transaction, so it’s likely there will be delays if you wait ‘til the last minute.Remember your current annual hunting and fishing licenses (except for the year-to-date fishing license) expire Aug. 31.Texas issues 3.2 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through 28 TPWD field offices, more than 100 state parks and at over 1,400 retailers across Texas.You may also purchase licenses online through the TPWD web site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/) or by calling (800) 895-4248. There is a $5 convenience fee for either option and a major credit card is required.License sales call center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday — Friday. The online transaction system is available 24/7.A license confirmation number is issued at the time of purchase for online and phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers will verify that a license has been purchased, which is sufficient for dove hunting, but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that requires a tag.Be sure to get HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification if you intend to hunt migratory birds. HIP certification will be printed on the license at the time of sale only after the purchaser answers a few brief migratory bird questions. Good hunting, Wild Ed

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