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TPWD News Release — June 20, 2005

Military Personnel Get Hunting Benefits

AUSTIN, Texas — The 79th Texas Legislature passed HB 1076, which directs the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to waive the all fees for hunting and fishing licenses for Texas residents currently on active duty as a member of the military.

The new Texas Resident Active Duty Military “Super Combo” Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package (Type 510), which is free, will be available to any Texas resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the Reserves or National Guard on active duty. The package includes all five state stamp endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, and migratory game bird, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag and upland game bird). The Federal Waterfowl (duck) Stamp is not included. For a member of the military to qualify for a free “Super Combo,” he or she must have continuously resided in Texas for more than six months before obtaining the license. See the Outdoor Annual on page 21 for more specifics.

A member of the military who does not qualify as a Texas resident for the purpose of obtaining a military “Super Combo” Texas may purchase any resident hunting and fishing license. For more information, call (512) 389-4846.

The free military license can be obtained after 2005-2006 hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Aug. 15, 2005 at any location where Texas licenses are sold. Active duty service members must show a current military identification card. The free military license may not be obtained over the telephone or Internet.*

* Correction, Aug. 5, 2005: This paragraph was added for clarification. (Return to corrected item.)

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