2017-18 hunting, fishing licenses now on sale

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The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department reminds hunters and anglers that the new 2017-2018 licenses went on sale yesterday (Tuesday).

All current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

Every year the department issues more than 2.4 million licenses through 28 field offices, more than 50 state parks, at over 1,700 retailers and online. All license fees pay for conservation and recreational opportunities. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, public hunting leases, river access permits and game wardens are some of the initiatives funded in part by license fees.

Texans can also enter the Big Time Texas Hunts drawing when purchasing their license. This is a chance to win any of nine guided hunt packages, with all lodging and food included. Many also allow the winners to take friends along to hunt. The hunt entries are available online for $9 each or $10 each at license retailers or by phone at 800-895-4248.

TP&W will also be awarding three Lifetime Super Combo Licenses through the Lifetime License Drawing. Winners will never need to buy another Texas hunting or fishing license. Participants can enter for $5 at license retailers or online. The entry deadline for the three monthly drawings is Sept. 30 with the first winner drawn on Oct. 2. Any entries not drawn will be automatically included in the next drawings on Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

Hunters and fishermen can also support two causes when buying licenses by donating $1, $5, $10 or $20 to Feeding Texas’ Hunters for the Hungry program or the Veterans Commission’s Veterans Assistance Fund.

Donations to the Hunters for the Hungry program provides a way to donate legally harvested deer to participating processors, and this processed meat goes to local food banks. Last year, hunters and anglers donated $106,913 through the licensing system, which helped offset a percentage of the processing fees for food banks.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to veteran organizations and charitable institutions that assist veterans and their families at the community level throughout Texas. In its first year in 2017 license buyers contributed $193,903.

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