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Unread 11-27-2008, 11:01 PM
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Is this legal in TX

I am heading to uvalde for a deer/pig hunt next week. The outfitter indicated that he was going to allow us to hunt pigs at night. Can I use a supressed .300 Whisper and night vision for shooting pigs at night?
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Unread 11-27-2008, 11:49 PM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

Feral hogs and Russian boar are considered exotics in tx. My understanding is that hunting hogs at night is ok. We are allowed to hunt hogs at night on our lease in east tx. We are asked however to contact the local game warden prior to hunting at night, as they like to know ahead of time.

As far as the suppressor goes, I don't think that is legal to hunt with at all.

See page 54 and 55 of the regulations ...
  • Means and Methods

    • Game animals
    • and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, EXCEPT:
    • white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may NOT be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.
    • shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listings). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.
    • pellet guns and other air guns are NOT LEGAL.
    fully automatic firearms are NOT LEGAL.
    firearms equipped with silencers or sound-suppressing devices are
    a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds and lesser prairie chicken (see
    Definitions - Legal Shotgun, pg. 69).
    Nongame Animals (Non-Protected): Any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun is legal.
Restricted Methods
  • It is
  • unlawful for any person, while hunting or engaging in recreational shooting, to knowingly discharge a firearm in such a fashion as to cause a projectile to cross a property line, unless the person owns the property on both sides of the property line or has obtained written permission from the owner of any land crossed by the projectile.
  • Remote-controlled Hunting: A person may not engage in computer-assisted remote hunting of any animal or bird or provide or operate facilities for computer-assisted remote hunting if the animal or bird being hunted is located in Texas.
  • Artificial light of any form that casts or reflects a beam of light onto or otherwise illuminates a game animal or bird may not be used as an aid to hunt, except battery-powered scoping devices that project a light or dot only inside the scope, pin sight lights on archery equipment, or laser sighting devices used by legally blind hunters (legal blindness is: no more than 20/200 of visual acuity in the better eye with correcting lenses or visual acuity greater than 20/200, but with a limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees). Blind hunters must be assisted by a licensed hunter at least 13 years of age who is not legally blind. Blind hunters must possess a physician’s signed statement attesting to legal blindness. Hunter education requirements apply.
  • Non-protected nongame animals and fur-bearing animals may be hunted at night with the aid of an artificial light on private property. If hunting at night, please make a courtesy telephone call to your local game warden.
Page 72 also ...

Exotic animal refers to grass-eating or plant-eating, single-hoofed or cloven-hoofed mammals that are not indigenous or native to Texas and are known as ungulates, including animals from the deer and antelope families that landowners have introduced into this state. Includes, but is not limited to feral hog, Aoudad sheep,Axis deer, Elk, Sika deer, Fallow deer, Blackbuck antelope, Nilgai antelope, and Russian boar. Exotic fowl refers to any avian species that is not indigenous to this state, including ratites (emu, ostrich, rhea, cassowary, etc.).
There are no state bag or possession limits or closed seasons on exotic animals or fowl on private property.
It is against the law to:
Hunt an exotic without a valid hunting license.
Hunt an exotic on a public road or right-of-way.
Hunt an exotic without the landowner’s permission.
Possess an exotic or the carcass of an exotic without the owner’s consent.
Penalty: A person who violates these laws commits an offense that is a Class A Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor ($500-$4,000 and/or up to one year in jail).
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regulates the movement of feral swine for disease-control purposes. For more information please call TAHC at (800) 550-8242 or see www.tahc.state.tx.us

Downlaod the regulations and take a look ...


It would be best to contact the local game warden and discuss your intentions ahead of time ...

Just my 2 cents ...

Last edited by dwm; 11-28-2008 at 12:19 AM.
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Unread 11-28-2008, 08:24 AM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

Thanks for passing that along, just what I needed.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Unread 11-28-2008, 03:09 PM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

Hogs are not considered game animals........read on below the red highlighted text.......

"Nongame Animals (Non-Protected): Any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun is legal."

I spoke with a TX game warden about using suppressors on predators........he researched the law and found that suppressors are legal for non game animals.........
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Unread 11-28-2008, 07:26 PM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

Thanks Buzzgun. I read the rules that were posted and had come to the same conclusion that they would not be prohibited so long as they are a legal firearm. I am thinking that so long as I have my tax stamp in my possession I should be okay.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Unread 12-02-2008, 10:50 AM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

Eddybo, good thread, good info. Thanks to dwm and buzzgun. I was sure about everything except the supressor. Calling the Game Warden may be just a courtesy, but is a really smart thing to do. Also be sure that you are on private property (with permission).

I hope it's a really successful hunt, the d@$% hogs are multiplying much faster than we can kill them.

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Unread 12-27-2008, 01:57 PM
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Re: Is this legal in TX

All right folks so what is the conclusion..? Supressors good or no for hogs..? I'm working with a New York education here.. haha.. Wasn't born here in Texas, but i got here as fast as I could..
Trying to get weapons in NY is a royal pain in the ass.. so should it be a go, how do I go about getting one..?
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