Qualified individuals who want to host a competitive dog hunting event must apply for a Field Trial Permit with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). To be approved, a $5,000 Competitive Hunting Dog Event Bond is required of the applicant.
Jet Insurance Company provides the Competitive Hunting Dog Event Bond as a financial assurance to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that the host will follow the regulations of their permit, and leave the bird hunting area in its original condition upon the completion of the event. In cases where damages occur to the licensed private property and the permittee refuses to restore the area, the surety bond will be used by the TPWD to cover the restoration costs.
At Jet, the cost of the Competitive Hunting Dog Event Bond is a small percentage of the $5,000 limit and is based on the personal credit score of the permit applicant. As seen in the chart below, our rates start at just $100 annually.
Jet is a direct surety company which means you won’t have to deal with middlemen and unnecessary application steps. Simply click the “View Your Bond Price” above, submit your application, and receive approved rate options that are ready for immediate purchase.
Jet has created a quick and easy bond application process that can be completed fully online. Some general information will be required of you such as your contact details and social security number. Once submitted, a credit check is run. No need to worry though, this is a soft check and won’t actually affect your score. Your bond will then be available to purchase online.
The Jet team can file your bond for you at no additional cost! However, if you would like to file the form yourself, along with your completed Field Trial Permit application, the option to do so may be selected at checkout.
The original signed and sealed Competitive Hunting Dog Event Bond must be submitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at the following mailing address:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
It is important to note that the permit application must be submitted to the TPWD at least 90 days prior to the proposed event and that proof of liability insurance ($250,000 for personal injury and property damage coverage) for the event is required. For further details regarding application requirements, take a look at the Field Trial Permit Information sheet.
The Field Trial Permit is issued for a period of nine consecutive days (the beginning and expiration dates are listed on the form). Therefore, your Competitive Dog Hunting Bond will not require renewal or cancellation. Once the event has occurred and the TPWD has released you of liability, your bond with Jet will officially expire.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Competitive Dog Hunting Event Bond, feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] at any time!
Individuals who have been permitted to host a competitive dog hunting event must follow all regulations pursuant to Chapter 2253 of the Texas Government Code and Title 31, Chapter 65H of the Texas Administrative Code, as well as fulfill the obligations of their Field Trip Permit. Failure to comply may lead to a loss of permit, large fines, and/or a bond claim.
A claim will only be filed on the Competitive Hunting Dog Event Bond if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department finds that the host has left the event area in poor or damaged shape and refuses to restore the area to its original condition. In cases where this occurs, the surety bond will be used to cover the cost of restorations to the licensed bird hunting property. It is in your best interest to try and resolve any problems with the TPWD before a loss of your permit, as well as refusal to issue you future permits, and a bond claim takes place.
Immediately contact Jet if you receive a claim notice from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Our team will ask that you provide us with all available information and documentation regarding the claim as soon as possible. Once a claim has been filed, Jet only has 15 days to review the alleged transgression and accept or deny payment of the claim.
If your claim is found to be justified, Jet is legally obligated per the surety bond form to make payment up to the bond’s $5,000 limit. Payouts will never exceed the bond amount. You, the field trial permittee, are held liable for your actions and must reimburse Jet for the claim payout made on behalf of your violation. Failure to do so will result in future difficulties obtaining surety bonds in the State of Texas.