Today, after hearing your support for this NRA-backed common sense hunting reform, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to legalize suppressor use while hunting.I'm so excited. Now, the thing is that suppressors are legal in Texas and hunting "non-game" animals with them has not been illegal. Game animals are defined specifically in the law and include Whitetail Deer and Turkey, but not wild pigs or exotics. Yes, they are technically game, but in the legal sense exotics are classified as livestock since they are non-indigenous and pigs are just a freaking invasive, destructive mess. Why this is so cool is that you generally don't want to be hunting for something like Axis Deer with a suppressor during Whitetail hunting season. Is it legal? Sure. Would you have to explain to Mr. Game Warden that you really were just hunting Axis (I swear, officer). Probably. It's just a dumb hassle. Now, no worries. It will also make the hunting much more pleasant for everyone involved and make taking younger kids hunting a lot more enjoyable. Anyways, I'm excited, but a little nervous.
I'm excited because I'm going to do this in the near future. I'm nervous because now I need to figure out how to get authorization to buy a suppressor for my next new gun. I had plans and was working towards getting an AR chambered in .308 that I was going to use for a standard caliber hunting rifle. Now, I need to set up a trust and figure out how to fit a rifle-grade suppressor into the budget... $$$$