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TX hunting, fishing licenses sold online Aug. 15

From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

-- New licenses go on sale Aug. 15 when current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug. 31.

For a $5 administrative transaction fee, licenses may also be purchased online at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/.

A transaction receipt may be printed at the time of an online purchase; aconfirmation number is provided for phone orders, and the physical license is mailed separately. Confirmation numbers verify a license has been purchased, which is sufficient for dove hunting, but will not allow hunters to take fish or wildlife that require a tag.

Licenses may also be purchased by calling  (800)895-4248 from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Texas hunters and anglers can purchase of an $1,800 Lifetime Super Combo, or enter for a chance at winning a lifetime license through a special drawing.

Entries for the Lifetime License Drawing are $5 each and may be purchased wherever licenses are sold. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be purchased. Winners will be drawn on Dec. 30 and June 30, 2012. To be eligible for both drawings, enter by Dec. 27.

Hunter Education Certification is also required of any hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971,  and who is at least 17 years old. For hunters unable to work in a hunter education course before hunting season, Parks and Wildlife offers a deferral option that allows people 17 years of age or older a one-time only extension to complete the stateís hunter education requirements. Individual must first purchase a hunting license and then may purchase the deferral option #166.

Hunters using the deferral must be accompanied by someone 17 years old or older also licensed to hunt in Texas. The accompanying individual must have completed hunter education or be exempt from the requirements. Hunters born before Sept. 2, 1971, are exempt.

The extension is good for one license year. Theoption is not available to those who have ever received a conviction or deferred adjudication for lack of hunter education certification. They still must take the course before going afield.

For information concerning the latest regulations and articles on hunting and fishing in Texas, check out the 2011-2012 Outdoor Annual available Sept. 1 in print and online at
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issues about 2.1 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through the agency's 28 field offices, more than 65 state parks and at over 1,500 retailers across Texas.

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