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POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 7:53pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:42pm

Time to bring out the big guns and fishing rods. Friday, Texas hunting and fishing licenses go on sale across the state.

KETK spoke with the Smith County Game Warden, Chris Swift, who said, "We encourage everyone to come in and try to beat the rush. A lot of people will come out that last day of August and figure out they want to go dove hunting the next day or fishing the next day, and have to stand in big lines".  So Game Wardens suggest buying licenses sooner rather than later, either online or at retailers like Walmart and Academy sports. Swift said, "We run into everything Labor Day, first day of dove season. People trying to show us receipts and people try to pull stuff up on their phone. Go early". 

For those who like to hunt and fish, the $68 "Super Combo license" is the biggest bang for your buck. Swift explained, "Your super combo's going to have your archery stamp, it's going to have your upland stamp, it's going to have your state and migratory bird stamp, which you're required to have when you hunt dove or water fowl in Texas". 

We asked East Texans about their hunting preferences, and the overwhelming response was duck and deer. 

However, hunters and anglers beware, there are a few changes to the licenses this year. Swift said, "We've got some changes in the salt water as far as the flounder limits and regulations and then the spotted sea trout or the speckled trout". The changes vary based on county. Otherwise, happy hunting.   

For more information on any of the licenses, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/  . 

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