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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 57FISHERIES
SUBCHAPTER NSTATEWIDE RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING PROCLAMATION
DIVISION 2STATEWIDE RECREATIONAL FISHING PROCLAMATION
RULE §57.981Bag, Possession, and Length Limits

(a) For all wildlife resources taken for personal consumption and for which there is a possession limit, the possession limit shall not apply after the wildlife resource has reached the possessor's residence and is finally processed.

(b) The possession limit does not apply to fish in the possession of or stored by a person who has an invoice or sales ticket showing the name and address of the seller, number of fish by species, date of the sale, and other information required on a sales ticket or invoice.

(c) There are no bag, possession, or length limits on game or non-game fish, except as provided in this subchapter.

  (1) Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit on game and non-game fish except as otherwise provided in this subchapter.

  (2) For flounder, the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

  (3) The bag limit for a guided fishing party is equal to the total number of persons in the boat licensed to fish or otherwise exempt from holding a license minus each fishing guide and fishing guide deckhand multiplied by the bag limit for each species harvested.

  (4) A person may give, leave, receive, or possess any species of legally taken wildlife resource, or a part of the resource, that is required to have a tag or permit attached or is protected by a bag or possession limit, if the wildlife resource is accompanied by a wildlife resource document (WRD) from the person who took the wildlife resource, provided the person is in compliance with all other applicable provisions of this subchapter and the Parks and Wildlife Code. The properly executed WRD document shall accompany the wildlife resource until it reaches the possessor's residence and is finally processed. The WRD must contain the following information:

    (A) the name, signature, address, and fishing license number, as required of the person who killed or caught the wildlife resource;

    (B) the name of the person receiving the wildlife resource;

    (C) a description of the wildlife resource (number and type of species or parts); and

    (D) the location where the wildlife resource was killed or caught (name of ranch; area; lake, bay or stream; and county).

  (5) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, the statewide daily bag and length limits shall be as follows.

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(d) Exceptions to statewide daily bag, possession, and length limits shall be as follows:

  (1) Freshwater species.

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  (2) Saltwater species.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §57.981 adopted to be effective June 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 5564; amended to be effective August 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 5363; amended to be effective September 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 6597; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 3790; amended to be effective September 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 6495

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