The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department adopted a new rule allowing hunters to hunt using silencers. Some animals, such as feral hogs were already being hunted with silencers, now they can be used when hunting alligators, game animals and game birds. To use a silencer while hunting one must submit an application to the ATF and pay $200 for a background check.
There was opposition to the rule, with some stating that a gunshot is a good warning for those who may be hunting in the same vicinity. From StateImpact.org .