Laws for Taxidermy in Texas


Although Texas does not require a taxidermy license, Texas laws do require that taxidermists and hunters strictly comply with hunting license and wildlife resource document regulations. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife is responsible for enforcement of these regulations as well as the issuance of hunting licenses and wildlife resource documents. A violation of the applicable regulations by hunters or taxidermists can result in criminal charges.

Hunter Responsibilities

  • Completion of a Wildlife Resource Document is required to accompany a wildlife resource which is divided up or "if the head of an antelope or deer no longer accompanies a carcass." Compliance with this provision is the hunter's responsibility.

Wildlife Resource Document Requirements

  • According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, a Wildlife Resource Document must be completed by a hunter of deer, turkey, and antelope except where the animal's carcass or any part of a carcass will be immediately cooked or consumed. However, a Wildlife Resource Document must be attached to the animal's carcass or any part thereof until the part or carcass is prepared to be cooked, delivered to a taxidermist, or otherwise reaches its final destination.

    When a taxidermist receives any part of a deer, pronghorn or turkey, a Wildlife Resource Document must be attached to the carcass. The Wildlife Resource Document must remain intact until the owner picks up the part. The Wildlife Resource Document must be kept by the taxidermist for a minimum of two years thereafter. Where the carcass has already been processed, a hunting license or Wildlife Resource Document tag can be used. During the time that a taxidermist has possession of a carcass or any part thereof, a tag can be attached to the customer's invoice or other customer record.


  • There is one exception to the tag and Wildlife Resource Document laws. Carcass parts that are being refurbished for new mountings do not require attachment of a hunting license tag or Wildlife Resource Document.

Criminal Penalties

  • According to Section 42.025 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, any person who violates a law regarding hunting license, Wildlife Resource Document or animal carcass tagging is guilty of a Class C Parks and Wildlife misdemeanor. However, if a hunter is charged with failure to present a hunting license when demanded by a law enforcement officer, he may have the criminal charges dismissed if a valid license was issued prior to charges being filed and the hunting license and/or Wildlife Resource Document is presented to the court that is handling the hunter's or taxidermist's criminal case.


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