Quantcast

Moving to the Hill Country of Texas

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Mitch from LA, Jul 7, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Mitch from LA

    Mitch from LA Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2009
    Messages:
    142
    Location:
    Hill Country o' Texas
    After finally finishing my Master's I'll be trading in my coonass card and moving to the New Braunfels area to pursue a PhD at Texas State. In order to maintain my sanity I'm going to need to do some hunting.

    And so Texans, I humbly ask you for some good resources on public land hunting in TX and rules and regulation (I suspect the department of parks and wildlife is a good place to start).

    Finally, I've heard you can hunt wabbits year round in your neck of the woods. Could such a wonderful thing be true?
     
  2. MCgunner

    MCgunner Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    26,423
    Location:
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
  3. Mitch from LA

    Mitch from LA Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2009
    Messages:
    142
    Location:
    Hill Country o' Texas
    Thanks for the links, it didn't seem like there'd be too much public land out my way. I love to duck hunt but most of my experience with that is in flooded timber. Yall chase the snow geese pretty hard out there dont you?
     
  4. MCgunner

    MCgunner Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    26,423
    Location:
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    Yep, we got lots of snows, some on public marsh. I've hunted 'em there and used various guide services. Had a lease for a while that had snows, was mainly a dove lease. Goose hunting is good in the coastal plains.
     
  5. joeq

    joeq Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2010
    Messages:
    401
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Welcome to Texas, We have hardly any public land for hunting. I lived in Colorado for about a decade, After moving back to Texas I really do miss all of the public land in Colorado. Whether it was for Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Backpacking, or almost any outdoor activity. Texas has lot's of hunting opportunities on private land but it's going to cost you. To be honest with you, I can't think of one public area in the hill country to hunt.
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  6. Roughneck08

    Roughneck08 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2009
    Messages:
    281
    Location:
    North Texas
    Welcome to the Lone Star State, sir. Yes public land is hard to come by around the Hill Country as said above. Most of Texas hunting is private ranches and leases. It is good to have friends with land or just born into good money to have a nice spread. It's not too bad having 40 acres I'm not complaining! Good luck with the hunting, boss.
     
  7. dorothykinder

    dorothykinder Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    I hope it would be a great thing.. Hunting Finally :)Well i did also enjoyed doing this ...
     
  8. Nico Testosteros

    Nico Testosteros Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    480
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I believe only 3% of Texas is public land, as opposed to a state like NM where it's about 53%.

    Off topic, what are you getting your PhD in? Geography?
     
  9. Mitch from LA

    Mitch from LA Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2009
    Messages:
    142
    Location:
    Hill Country o' Texas
    Aquatic Resources
     
  10. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2002
    Messages:
    46,824
    Location:
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    One problem with the New Braunfels area is that the I-25 corridor from Georgetown to San Antonio has some five million people or more. There're a lot of want-to-go hunters in that crowd.

    Plenty of hog hunting in the Guadalupe River bottoms.
     
  11. MCgunner

    MCgunner Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    26,423
    Location:
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    Yeah, that and Houston and the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex are HUGE population centers. The rest of the state is mostly small towns with a smattering of small cities and lots of private ranches and farms with wide open spaces. Further west you go, the more wide open the spaces and the fewer the people.

    I do like New Mexico, just ain't enough ducks there...fish either, for that matter.
     
  12. Justin Holder

    Justin Holder Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Messages:
    484
    Yep, all the bunnies you can carry.

    Your best bet will be to find some form of lease, but it won't be free.
     
  13. ranisbet

    ranisbet Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3
    You will find that East of the Houston area has plenty of land where goose leases are common.
    As you look West, it becomes the Hill country. Last I heard, hill country hunting was almost all leases and most places there have lots of acres and the cost per acre can range up to $15 per gun per acre with minimum number of guns required (Commonly 4 to 8).
    I have heard that Texas has a co-op setup also, where acreage is linked and you can get a state permit to allow you to hunt those co-op acres.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice