Texas Public Hunting Land




If you’re still looking for a place to hunt dove, consider the Texas’ public hunting program. The Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit can be purchased from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of inexpensive, public hunting activities for a variety of game species. The hunting permit cost $48.

Kelly Edmiston, public hunting coordinator with TPWD, said there are now more than 100 public hunting “units” totaling tens of thousands of acres scattered across the state that can be accessed by those purchasing an Annual Public Hunting permit.

“Today we have about 120 areas throughout the state that are leased for public hunting, ” reported Kelly Edmiston, TPWD public hunting coordinator. “Every year, we send biologists into the field, looking for new areas and contacting landowners to inquire about leasing their land for small game hunting. That includes doves, but also quail, waterfowl and even pheasants up in the Rolling Plains and Panhandle.

A few of the public hunting lands available in the Piney Woods are Anderson, Bowie, Cass, Morris Titus, and Angelina counties; Central Texas – Bell, Bexar, Brown, Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties, to name only a few.

“When you purchase an Annual Hunting Permit you will get a booklet (roughly 180 pages) that includes map of all the tract in the public hunting program, with listings for species that can be hunted and when, and the regulations that each tract is under,” Edmiston said. “There’s also a digital version online on our website, which includes aerial maps of the areas, which can help provide a little more detail.”

Tawakoni, one of the Public Hunting Lands, located east of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex draws doves and dove hunters, and forget early season, September 12-27. Tawakoni is a duck hunting haven, with more open dates than other WMAs.

Check out the Public Hunting Lands map for areas close to home. If you don't mind traveling, the Public Hunting Lands in southwest Texas is rated as the best dove hunting opportunity in the United States.




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GOOD. Water slightly stained; 75 degrees; 0.19 feet above pool. Water level still above normal pool, with eleven flood gates open and still more water coming down from up north. Bass are good in 1-20 feet of water hitting your favorite way to fish. There was a big bass tournament this past weekend and there was four bass over 10 pounds caught. Shallow fish coming on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits and little top water baits for the first couple of hours in the morning. Then you can pick up a shallow running crankbait and Texas rig and fish from 8-12 feet. The next depth is from 14-20 feet, these fish coming on big crankbaits and Carolina rigs. The crappie fishing is just fair due to the current running in the lake. There are some crappie shallow, around docks, but most are running from 12-18 feet. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.

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