TEXAS CITY, Texas — If you’re heading to Texas’ best deer hunt, you may have to be careful about who you invite into your tent.
The state’s tourism department said it will soon prohibit hunters from letting people camping in designated areas without proper permits, according to a release Tuesday.
The ban is in response to reports of some deer-related injuries at some Texas attractions, including at The Huntsman Ranch in El Paso, according the release.
Hunters should always bring a guide with them when hunting in designated sites, the release said.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to combat the spread of ticks, ticks that carry Lyme disease, Texas Parks and Wildlife has been taking aggressive steps to make sure that our hunters do not get bitten,” said Tom Smith, director of Texas Parks.
Hunting with people who don’t have valid hunting licenses is illegal in Texas, but it’s not clear how widespread the restrictions are.
There is no state law requiring people to carry a hunting permit, though hunting enthusiasts and hunters can sometimes get a permit for special hunting privileges.
“We have an abundance of opportunities to go hunting in the Lone Star State and we have an abundant supply of hunting licenses,” Smith said.
Smith said hunting permits will be available in a limited number of areas, but he did not provide specific locations.
Hunts on the reservation of the New Mexico-based Hunters Club are exempt from the state’s restrictions, the statement said.
Huners are also allowed to hunt in certain parts of Texas.
A hunter can also hunt at other Texas attractions and areas that are open to hunting.
In a statement Tuesday, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department said it is committed to protecting Texas and that hunters should always have a hunting license.
“Hunting in Texas is a privilege reserved for a select few who are the true hunters and the best in the business.
It is a state tradition and we take that responsibility very seriously,” the statement read.