Houston, possible move


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hithard
March 29, 2012, 02:24 AM
Can I get some input on what the Shooting, hunting, and fishing in and around the Houston area has to offer, or Texas in general.

Is there alot of public land or is alot of it private?

Thanks for you input.

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allaroundhunter
March 29, 2012, 02:46 AM
Not much public land, I think 95% of Texas land is private. However, making friends with some land isn't terribly difficult.

Where in the Houston area will you be?

MistWolf
March 29, 2012, 02:47 AM
Texas is 90% private land

tarosean
March 29, 2012, 03:08 AM
Can I get some input on what the Shooting, hunting, and fishing in and around the Houston area has to offer, or Texas in general.

Is there alot of public land or is alot of it private?

Fishing offers Salt and Fresh water. You can literally hunt any animal in the world in TX.

However our natural wildlife like White Tail are small, Hogs and Yotes can be found just about anywhere.

Not much public land around Houston nor TX for that matter. Sam Houston National Forest is probably the closest place.

Course we do have Collector Firearms which is probably the coolest gun shop in the US!!!

metalart
March 29, 2012, 11:57 AM
I do love collectors :)

Rob G
March 29, 2012, 12:03 PM
As others have said, mostly private land although you'll meet someone that owns some of it pretty quick. The game is plentiful but mostly small, unless you're in to hog hunting. Fishing is ample in both fresh and saltwater varieties. Shooting in general is easy enough to do as there are quite a few ranges in the Houston area.

Course we do have Collector Firearms which is probably the coolest gun shop in the US!!!

I love the variety there but most of it's overpriced. I've also had some issues with some of the staff. That having been said I think everyone should walk in at least once and it is the place to go if you want something historic/collectable.

TX1911fan
March 29, 2012, 01:35 PM
Hunting in Texas is generally an expensive proposition. You have to either secure a lease or hunt on a ranch. This includes birds as well as beast. Fishing is another story. The Gulf is fantastic.

squarles67
March 29, 2012, 04:00 PM
Not much public hunting in the Houston area but Texas has quite a bit more than some realize

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/lands/maps/

SimplyChad
March 29, 2012, 04:05 PM
I grew up on the edge of sam and lake livingston. Plenty of room to hunt and great fishing.

fdf
March 29, 2012, 04:11 PM
Deer leases run from $750 to $15,000 plus feed and up. Essentially, you pay or you do you do not hunt and you pay dearly for what you receive. Acquiring a good lease takes a lot of time, persistance and dollars along with help from asociates.

Saltwater fishing has become a "zoo" with the crowds, freshwater is not as bad.

Bowfishrp
March 29, 2012, 05:59 PM
If you buy a house make sure you check the AIR CONDITIONER! A/C is required in SE Texas and for about 8 months out of the year it runs 24/7. I wish I was joking.

allaroundhunter
March 29, 2012, 06:02 PM
If you buy a house make sure you check the AIR CONDITIONER! A/C is required in SE Texas and for about 8 months out of the year it runs 24/7. I wish I was joking.

This year it was 12 months....we didn't have a winter...

EmbarkChief
March 29, 2012, 06:23 PM
This year it was 12 months....we didn't have a winter...
So True.

Bowfishrp
March 29, 2012, 06:40 PM
Well it only ran in the daytime the past 2 months. :)

14427H
March 29, 2012, 06:52 PM
You drive an hour from Houston and you are in Houston. Having lived there 25 years, if you are a sportsman hunter, plan on spending time and money getting somewhere else to do it.

flyskater
March 29, 2012, 06:56 PM
Lots of freshwater and saltwater fishing in texas. Hunting is a different story. It gets expensive if you don't know anyone with a big land, or not near a public land.

Rubikees
March 29, 2012, 10:03 PM
You are close to the water so there is plenty of fishing. There is a lot of hunting ranches out in the Hill Country and a few up in East Texas and it will cost some money. There are several shooting ranges around the Houston area, both indoor and outdoor.

MICHAEL T
March 29, 2012, 10:28 PM
The LA express ways are fast compaired to Houston Expressways at rush hour. I would live about any place in Texas other than Houston
I like Texas a lot. Just not Houston

allaroundhunter
March 29, 2012, 10:31 PM
The LA express ways are fast compaired to Houston Expressways at rush hour. I would live about any place in Texas other than Houston
I like Texas a lot. Just not Houston

Believe it or not....rush hour in Ft. Worth is worse than Houston.....but Houston is pretty dang bad

oneounceload
March 29, 2012, 10:45 PM
The air is always greener in Pasadena................Texas those oil refineries always did add an unusual smell to the air when I lived there

Unless you like to shoot shotgun, there isn't squat in the greater Houston area, and plan on traveling several hours, even the Gulf is a good way depending on what part of Houston you lived in......when I lived in that area, I lived in between Houston and Galveston - that meant I was about 1/2 hour away

allaroundhunter
March 29, 2012, 10:56 PM
The air is always greener in Pasadena................Texas those oil refineries always did add an unusual smell to the air when I lived there

Unless you like to shoot shotgun, there isn't squat in the greater Houston area, and plan on traveling several hours, even the Gulf is a good way depending on what part of Houston you lived in......when I lived in that area, I lived in between Houston and Galveston - that meant I was about 1/2 hour away

Once you've been to Texas City everything else smells great haha.

I also live about 1/2 from the Gulf, but it only takes me less than 2 hours to get to Huntsville (which has some hunting areas).

Old Dog Man
March 30, 2012, 01:32 AM
There are all kinds of private and public shooting ranger and clubs in the houston area. Plenty of gun shops and big box stores to get whatever you need. The fishing is great both salt water and fresh, all you have to do is look around to find it. Al

CapnMac
March 30, 2012, 02:25 AM
Believe it or not....rush hour in Ft. Worth is worse than Houston.
Which has nothing on going through McKinney twice a day on 75--no one can merge in McKinney,a nd they all are only going from one on-ramp to the next exit, so, why bother going faster than 40, 35, maybe--hey, is that Clem's truck <waves> . . .

Houston is different than the metroplex. Down in Houston, if you see a car on an on-ramp, it's by itself, and it's accelerating, 50, 60, 70. Which is why that right lane is often empty in Houston, Beaudroix could be comin' like a rocket ship. Slow traffic keeps left in Houston.

In the metroplex, on-ramps will have 8, 10, 25 cars in a row, and they will slow down on the on-ramp (before looking for oncoming traffic). They will then creep out into the right lane. Now, there are people in the right (and #2 lanes) trying to exit, so, they have to slow down for the 3 dozen cars poking along at 20-25 off the on-ramp. So, both lanes will often come to a stop---and with the other two (or more) outer lanes still booking along at 60, 70 (80 if an expensive import car).

But, where ever you go, you can generally find a gunny. Wear the right sort of discrete pin on your lapel, and you even meet them at the Symphony, or the Museum of Art.

Houston has a very excellent Science museum, too.

Houston spans about 45 miles, Channelview to Katy; and about 45 miles League City to Conroe, plus or minus. Probably 40-50 distinct communities in the five county area, too. Which has another side benefit--there's just about a gun show every weekend down there. The bigger ones are Reliant (Houston Gun Collectors) and George R Brown (various promoters). But, Missouri City, Humble, Katy, all sorts of places host shows.

Houston is also one of those places, where, and hour or more away, it's all Houston. Inside the hour, and you have to specify, as Humble is very different than Cy-Fair or Woodway, or Spring Creek or the like.

Oh, it's wildflower season, so all the roadways are looking beautiful (TxDoT seeds hem every year). It's a bit less mild this year for "spring"--highs are near 80. But, it's good range weather, and there are a number of choices in the Houston metro area.

allaroundhunter
March 30, 2012, 05:31 AM
Which has nothing on going through McKinney twice a day on 75--no one can merge in McKinney,a nd they all are only going from one on-ramp to the next exit, so, why bother going faster than 40, 35, maybe--hey, is that Clem's truck <waves> . . .

Oh north of the Metroplex is just bad, and coming into D/FW from the west can be bad as well.....Texas just has a lot of traffic....but what major cities don't right? ;)

SimplyChad
March 30, 2012, 08:15 AM
Ok depending on where in houston you are going to live.
Step 1 get on 610 all directions in houston will have this step.
Step 2 take the 59 N cleveland exit.
Step 3 drive and dont stop until you hit Shepherd
Step 4 ask if anyone has a hog/deer problem
Step 5 say thank you


Same thing I do if I wanna hunt somewhere new.

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