Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 46.002


A license issued under this chapter is not required of a person:


who is a resident and whose birth date is before January 1, 1931;


who is a nonresident, if the person’s birth date is before September 1, 1930, and the person’s state of residence grants a similar age exemption to Texas residents;


who is mentally disabled and who is engaging in recreational fishing as part of medically approved therapy, and who is fishing under the immediate supervision of personnel approved or employed by a hospital, residence, or school for mentally disabled persons;


who is mentally retarded and is engaged in recreational fishing under the immediate supervision of a person who:


holds a license issued under this chapter; and


has the permission of the mentally retarded person’s family head or legal guardian to take the mentally retarded person fishing if the person is not a member of the family of the mentally retarded person; or


who is participating in an event that is sponsored or co-sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the approval of the Executive Director.


The mentally disabled person recreationally fishing under Subsection (a)(3) shall carry an authorization identifying the entity supplying the service. This authorization may be in the form of a tag that contains the name of the sponsoring entity.


A mentally retarded person who is engaged in recreational fishing under Subsection (a)(4) must carry a note from a doctor stating that the person has been diagnosed as mentally retarded.
Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 27, Sec. 1, eff. April 22, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1153, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 838, Sec. 22, eff. July 15, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1058, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1274 (H.B. 550), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

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