Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Texas

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Crossbow Regulations in Texas

Update:

It is now legal for anyone (not just the disabled) to hunt with a crossbow in Texas, during Archery Only season, general hunting season and Eastern spring turkey season. In the Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Grayson Counties, hunting with a crossbow is prohibited during archery only season in particular, unless you have a certified upper-limb disability; the disability must be severe enough to restrict you from using a longbow, compound bow or recurve.

  • Individuals must purchase an archery stamp to harvest deer during the archery only open season. An archery stamp is always required in Dallas; Collin; Rockwall; and Grayson Counties to legally harvest deer.
  • Crossbows must have a draw weigh which is not under 125 pounds.
  • The stock of a crossbow must be at least 25 inches long.
  • Crossbows must be equipped with a mechanical safety.
  • Mechanical broadheads are legal.
  • Bolts and/or arrows may not be treated with any type of chemical. It is illegal to equip them with explosive devices.
  • Broadheads must be at least 7/8 of an inch wide upon impact. They must feature two cutting edges. Only broadheads which begin to open on impact are legal.
  • Bolts and/or arrows which feature judo, field, or target points are legal in Texas.
  • It is legal to use telescopic sights in the state of Texas.
  • No artificial light, reflected or casted, which illuminates prey may be used to harvest game birds or animals. Certified vision disabled hunters may legally use battery scoping devices which project a dot or light inside the scope only. These hunters only may also legally use laser sighting devices or pin sights for archery equipment.

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  1. Thank you for the information. I am legally blind for a few years and wanted to hunt but couldn’t see to use a rifle. I almost gave up until I thought of cross bows. This truly helps with using battery scoping devices and laser sighting devices for those legally blind. This made my day. Thank you again and if you have any other info on visionary impaired individuals and cross bows please email me.

    Thank you,
    Jeff Sears

  2. I’m a convicted felon on parole, and I’d like to hunt this deer season on my own property with a crossbow. Is this legel for me to do? Do I purchase a standard hunting license only? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

  3. No, only specific counties.

    It is now legal for anyone (not just the disabled) to hunt with a crossbow in Texas, during Archery Only season, general hunting season and Eastern spring turkey season.

    In the Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Grayson Counties, hunting with a crossbow is prohibited during archery only season in particular, unless you have a certified upper-limb disability; the disability must be severe enough to restrict you from using a longbow, compound bow or recurve.

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