Hunting License

Can a Hunting License Be Suspended for Child Support in Texas?

Texans are known for taking great pride in their right to bear arms and hunt. As with other states, it’s illegal for people to hunt in Texas without a valid hunting license. “A hunting license is required of any person (resident or nonresident), of any age, to hunt any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state,” with limited exceptions, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPW). Generally, those exceptions have to do with coyotes, fur-bearing animals, and wild hogs under specific circumstances.

In Texas, there are a number of hunting licenses, including senior resident hunting licenses, youth hunting licenses, super combo or resident combination hunting and fishing license package, lifetime resident hunting licenses, disabled veteran super combo hunting and fishing license package, and Texas resident military hunting licenses.

Ever wondered where the money for hunting and fishing licenses goes? “100% of your hunting and fishing license fees go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for on-the-ground conservation efforts that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to hunt and fish. Fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration, land conservation, and Texas Game Wardens are just some of the initiatives funded in part by your license fees,” state’s TPW.

Hunting License Suspensions for Child Support

If you skip child support payments, the Office of the Attorney General can deny or suspend your various licenses, including your driver’s license, hunting and fishing licenses, and others. “When are suspension orders put in place?”

In Texas, once a parent falls behind on child support in an amount equal to or greater than three months, the Office of the Attorney General can start taking aggressive action against the parent’s various licenses, including recreational licenses. Suspensions can also take effect if the parent enters into a repayment schedule and fails to stick to it.

If you’re three months in arrears and you want to keep your hunting license from being suspended, contact our office for help. We’ll help guide you through the process of resolving the issue and we’ll entertain the idea of asking the court for a child support modification.

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