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Chris Farris View Drop Down

Joined: October/01/2003
Location: Texas
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We get asked frequently if it is legal to hunt with an illuminated reticle and have been told that it is illegal in some states.  Visit your state's parks and wildlife web site or call them to make sure before you go hunting.  Here is a copy of Texas' restrictions.


Restricted Methods

  • 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 that battery-powered scoping devices that project a light or dot only inside the scope and pin sight lights on archery equipment are legal devices. Nonprotected 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.
  • Traps may not be used to hunt game birds or game animals.
  • Dogs may not be used to hunt deer in this state.
    • It is unlawful to use dogs to trail a wounded deer in these counties: Angelina, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Houston, Hunt, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, and Washington counties.
    • Not more than two dogs may be used to trail a wounded deer in counties not listed above. A "wounded deer" is a deer leaving a blood trail.
  • Pheasant may not be hunted by means of a cable, chain, or rope connected to or between a moving object or objects.
  • Aircraft may not be used to hunt any animal or bird unless authorized by the department.
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