Bexar County Clerk Offers New Service: Hunting and Fishing License Sales

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The Bexar County Clerk's office has started selling hunting and fishing licenses at the Paul Elizondo Tower located downtown.

As white-tailed deer season opens Saturday, Bexar County residents and visitors can purchase hunting licenses from the County Clerk’s office.

Bexar County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark asked Bexar County Commissioners for permission to pursue becoming a licensed seller back in September. Commissioners approved her request, and the clerk’s office started selling hunting and fishing licenses on Oct. 16.

“It is important for me to continue to bring new services and expand my Office’s capabilities to our constituents,” Adame-Clark said in a statement Friday. “By offering this additional resource, we not only provide convenience to those already conducting business in the courthouse complex, but also bring additional revenue to the county.”

So far, the county clerk’s office has issued 14 hunting and fishing licenses, said Raquel Montalvo, senior recordings division chief at the county clerk’s office. Based on the last two weeks, she estimated the county will generate about $645 in profit per year.

Because the county only retains 5 percent of each license sold, the money made from selling licenses won’t be significant, she said. Licenses range from $10 to $315; prices can be found here.

Montalvo said she expects to see license sales pick up with the start of deer season.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” she said. “It’s our first year, so it’s kind of difficult to give an estimate of what type of crowd we may or may not have, only because it’s our first year.”

Hunting and fishing licenses are still available for purchase at places such as H-E-B and Academy Sports + Outdoors stores, but Adame-Clark said selling licenses from a county department would make it easier for visitors to buy licenses, as many out-of-town guests stay in the downtown area.

“It’s not so much the revenue, which helps, but it’s more of the service,” Adame-Clark said Friday. “We went into the project thinking we’d offer another extra service to our constituents.

“We wanted this to be a centralized location to buy a hunting or fishing license.”

Montalvo added that people who are already in the downtown area may find it easier to purchase their hunting and fishing licenses from the county clerk’s office.

“We have all the jurors who come down here and sit and wait and [they can] get that taken care of also,” she said.

Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased from the Recordings Division located on the first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower, 101 W. Nueva St., Suite 103. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays and closed on holidays.

Find what species are in season to hunt in Bexar County here. Fishing rules can be found here.

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