Big game hunting season doesn’t start for a while but a potential change to the rules could have an effect on how you could hunt in Texas in the future.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is seeking vote on the proposed rule change that would allow the use of suppressors (also known as silencers) on guns for hunting purposes. The use of lawfully possessed suppressors is currently allowed for all other shooting activities, and the enactment of this new rule would ensure that hunting is treated the same way as these other shooting activities. It would also allow hunters to reap the benefits that using suppressors would provide.
There is a lot of public misinformation on suppressors and what they do. Suppressors are not “silencers,” as depicted in typical Hollywood action film. Suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, however they do reduce the muzzle report similar to the way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a car or truck. The benefits associated with suppressors include increased accuracy, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution.
The hearing on whether to change the state regulations will be held in Austin starting on March 28.
You can learn more about suppressors here: