In a move to modernize the process of showing proof that a hunter or angler is licensed the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department now allows for a digital version to be presented when stopped by a Texas Game Warden.
The new law went into effect September 1, 2019 and allows Texas anglers and hunter to show a copy of their license on a mobile device like a phone or tablet. Bill HB547 by State Rep. Terry Canales (Edinburg) was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 16.
In the past, failure to provide a license could result in a Class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $500. But wait, paper licenses are not gone for good.
When hunting game, like dove, that does not require a tag you can get by with a photograph to serve as verification of a valid license. You must carry your physical license with you for deer and turkey hunts, and if you want to retain an oversized red drum, since they require tags. A paper license will still be required for supplemental licenses like federal duck stamps.
If you’re ready to make the move to a digital copy, even if only for a backup, you can choose from a couple options:
- A photograph copy of your license. Probably best to have a copy of the front and the back.
- Outdoor Annual mobile app
- My Texas Hunt Harvest app
Whatever you choose to do be mindful that some areas of Texas have poor reception for cellular devices. Don’t get caught in a remote area left with your hand in the air trying to catch a signal to download your license.
This article originally appears at Texas Trophy Hunters