Recently, SB 1236 (Read the bill here) was passed by the Texas government. This new law removes the opportunity for hunters to use public riverbeds and streams for hunting as it bans using rifles and archery equipment (unless equipped with a reel and line) in public waterways. This decision has been met with opposition from various groups, including the Texas Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers during the recent legislative session. However, despite the opposition, SB 1236 was passed unanimously by the State Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. This law has significant implications for hunting access and opportunities, especially in a state with limited public access and a booming population.
How You Can Make a Difference
Step 1) Sign and share this petition to help us build an advocate list to address SB 1236 during the next legislative session.
Step 2) Lack of access is cited by sportsmen and women in the United States as the number one reason they stop pursuing their passions of hunting and fishing. That’s why it’s imperative that the elected officials who unanimously passed S.B. 1236 be educated on this issue. Hunters that rely on public waterways to pursue their outdoor traditions and put meat on the family table must speak up. Use the link below to identify your state representative and send them a courteous and detailed message about the negative repercussions this tremendous loss of access will have on current and future generations of Texas hunters. Use this link to find and contact your state representative: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home