Nongame animals with a licenses. There is to many regulations to list here. Follow the link and read up before go hunting.
I'm afraid airguns won't be viewed as "real guns" in Texas for a long time yet. Remember, this is the state where many hunters think they need a .300 Win Mag to shoot a 89 lb. whitetail... John
I worked with a guy that hunted deer and hogs regularly with his remington 770 30-06, and turned his nose down at my small game hunting exploits with my air rifle. The 770 is the cheap rifle with the barrell pinned in. Comes bundled with a cheap scope for like 300 bux. Used to talk about how much he loved hunting pigs all the time. Well one day i got up the nerve to ask him how successful he'd been hunting and apparently he always missed. Never hit a deer or hog in his life, but regularly takes shots at hogs and misses them. I asked him how well the gun grouped, he told me HE DIDNT KNOW BECAUSE HE NEVER WENT TO THE RANGE! I was bewildered- there's no telling where all those misses went, or how many animals he'd wounded. He told me the combo was supposed to come factory zeroed. I wanted to slap him! This guy was a servicemember too- a Captain- in the infantry! I showed him a Mr. Hollowpoint video one time to try to set him straight on air rifles and he went on to talk &^^& about baiting and how it looks like he baited those hogs, and how unethical it is and I'm thinking"sor, how ethical is it to attempt to take game at 100 yards or more with a rifle you've never checked the zero on. We check the zero on out service rifles ebery time we qualify, seriously!
Yup, Texas is full of heaps and heaps of "expert" riflemen... I grew up here, and sure, we all pretty much grew up shooting rifles of all sorts.Some people even think that shooting rifles at cow pies and prairie dogs makes them an expert on rifles.For the life of me, I don't know why TPWD does not allow squirrel hunting with an air rifle. That's got to be the most ignorant rule I can remember. I'm going to start writing letters to Carter Smith asking him to look into this. If they want, they could restrict it to .22 caliber or above, or a minimum ft.lb. of muzzle energy, or whatever. But a .22 pellet traveling over 600 fps. will cleanly take ANY squirrel, as well all well know. Meanwhile, there is nobody regulating the amount of powder I have to use in my .50 cal. Muzzleloader for deer hunting, and we no longer have a 40# minimum for bowhunting. Pretty crazy.