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 Post subject: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:36 am 
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Supposedly hundreds of thousand acres of government owned land free to public for hunting.

An aquaintance of mine advised me that our government (state & federal) has thousands and thousands of acres of land that is reserved for free public hunting. It would be nice to hunt small game without paying out the nose for a land lease.

Has anyone experienced using federal or state owned land for free to the public hunting in the Texas area?
In Texas I am told this program is handled through Texas Parks & Wildlife.

My research found a website stating the following, but it's hard to figure out how to or who to contact.


Hunting & Wildlife FAQ - Public Hunting
Q1: What is the Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH) and where can it be purchased? 
A1: The Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH) allows access to over a million acres of public hunting land that TPWD either owns or leases from another agency or private landowner. The APH can be purchased at any license vendor that sells hunting and fishing licenses. If you purchase the permit from a license vendor (e.g. Wal-Mart, Academy, etc.), you will have the map booklet mailed to the address on your driver's license. If you purchase the permit at a TPWD office, the book will be provided upon purchase. Further information on the APH can also be found on.

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[url]http://tpwd.texas.gov/faq/huntwild/public_hunting.phtml/url]

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:33 pm 
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Well, it does say the license/permit can be bought at wal-tards and the area book will be mailed to the address on the license...so go to wal-tards and ask, or wherever you normally get your hunting licenses. :dunno:

I'm not in Texas, and don't hunt anyway so other than that :hmmm:

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I know that Minnesota has state and county land available for hunting. Our department of natural resources has maps and info on what can be hunted in each area. Unfortunately during deer season they get very crowded with inexperienced hunters so I won't hunt then.

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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Oklahoma has public hunting areas, you have to have a hunting license, and certain game like duck geese deer etc you have to have permits but its public land open to the public. Me and Phats property is only a mile or less from the boundary of probably a half million acres of game reserve that is the civilian side of Camp Gruber

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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waltham41 wrote:
Oklahoma has public hunting areas, you have to have a hunting license, and certain game like duck geese deer etc you have to have permits but its public land open to the public. Me and Phats property is only a mile or less from the boundary of probably a half million acres of game reserve that is the civilian side of Camp Gruber


So, buddy. Got any hogs that need culling?



To the OP. I live in Colorado, and we have a metric shit ton of public land to hunt on. BLM, State land, and US Forest Service. I hunt the Comanche National Grasslands for pronghorn, rabbit, scaled quail, dove, prairie dogs, and yotes. All I need is my small game license and a waterfowl stamp and I can hunt just about everything the state has to offer. Elk, mule deer, white tail, bear, moose, pronghorn, bobcat, turkey, etc all require tags.

I'm currently getting ready for archery pronghorn on August 15th. Spotted a bachelor herd of pronghorns on a 50,000 acre private ranch I earned exclusive permission to hunt on after taking down a couple of yotes for the owner. Also helped that before I even said hello, I complimented him on a beautiful old cattle dog he had riding in the cab. The dog liked me because I had a bag of dog treats in the truck for my dogs. His ranch borders the grasslands so I've got around 250 square miles of land to hunt on. Not including all the game preserves, national forests, etc scattered throughout the state.

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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waltham41 wrote:
Oklahoma has public hunting areas, you have to have a hunting license, and certain game like duck geese deer etc you have to have permits but its public land open to the public. Me and Phats property is only a mile or less from the boundary of probably a half million acres of game reserve that is the civilian side of Camp Gruber


So, buddy. Got any hogs that need culling?



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Not yet but they are all around me, its just a matter of time. I have a couple of ARs in 300 blackout and a nice night vision scope I'm just playing the waiting game. My pond is next to the house so I should be able to sit on the front porch and shoot them LOL

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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Thanks for all the great feedback folks!

Been a long time since I have been hunting, but really enjoyed it. Grew up in a very small Texas town where everybody knew everybody. My father had several friends that allowed us to hunt on there land anytime we wanted.. I didn't realize how awesome it was to have that much freedom of just waking up one day & head out to the country and shoot shoot shoot.
These days I look at the cost for leasing land to hunt on an it's a bit steep for my budget. The day hunt cost aren't that bad but just doesn't appeal to me for some reason.

When my acquaintance advised me of all this government land that was supposedly free to hunt on,.I knew it wasn't going to be free, but it peeked my interest. After several phone calls, I was referred to my local Texas Parks & Wildlife office. I visited this office & had several questions for the lady. What caliber weapons can be used on this land? Can I hunt squirrel & rabbit with the regular hunting license? Do these government owned hunting areas have a limit to number of hunters? Can you stay overnight? I was trying to get an understanding of any extra fees or costs also. The lady failed to give me answers to any of my questions & said everything I needed to know was in the BOOK! The book cost $42. My visit was about 2 months back.

I guess I'll get off my lazy butt & go buy that book.NA


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See if maybe the book is on the internet for free.... never hurts to look. Or join a Texas hunting forum and get to know a few of the members. One of them may let you borrow their book to read.

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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There should be lots of places to hunt in Texas.
There's public lands and private land that is called "walk-in" hunting.
The state pays the landowner and you can walk-in and hunt in these areas.

Here in SD they publish a free "map book" that shows all the public and "walk-in" hunting places.

I also have the SDGFP (South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks) app on my iPhone...
And as long as you have service - It uses GPS to show you where you are and where all the hunting areas are.
It's really a slick way to find a place to hunt.

Found this too:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/

If you guys covered this somewhere before - I apologize if I repeated anything.

Hope you find a good place to hunt!!

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
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I find it odd that a State employee can't give you answers although they can guide you to buy a book!? Hunting lands maps SHOULD be part of any hunting license you purchase. They should be issued by the agency in charge of enforcing the hunting laws. They should also be able to at least guide you to all the publicly accessible lands in your particular area. Have you visited a Walfart in your area? Since they sell hunting licenses (at least they do 'here') they should have all the info on legal places open to hunting too. :hmmm:

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 Post subject: Re: Free Federal & State Government Hunting Land - Texas
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:18 pm 
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Randy wrote:
I find it odd that a State employee can't give you answers although they can guide you to buy a book!? Hunting lands maps SHOULD be part of any hunting license you purchase. They should be issued by the agency in charge of enforcing the hunting laws. They should also be able to at least guide you to all the publicly accessible lands in your particular area. Have you visited a Walfart in your area? Since they sell hunting licenses (at least they do 'here') they should have all the info on legal places open to hunting too. :hmmm:



Randy, I did definitely get the unspoken message from the Texas Parks & Wildlife employee that her main goal was to get the $40 for the book before she would supply any info. I suppose she may not have any of the info I was looking for. The state website does have info available, but it is spotty. There are regulations that pop up here & there. Fees for this & that. I will make sure I have all the knowledge needed before I go galavanting around in the big thickett.

I think I will actually take your advise & check out my Walfart down the street.


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