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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Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 30)

GOOD. Water stained; 59 degrees; 4.25 feet low. GOOD. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 59 degrees. The back feeder creeks are stained and muddy with lots of Fall leaves floating on the surface, and the main lake remains clear. We were blessed with some rain this week 2-3 inches. Not much has changed on the pattern this week. Chatter baits are still producing in 3/8 to 3/4 ounce white, chartreuse, watermelon pepper, and red/black skirts. To cover a lot of water, use a square bill crank bait or a flat side crank bait and smaller rattle traps from 0-8 feet in shad and perch imitation colors and the Rayburn red traps are still working. For deeper Bass, cast a Carolina rig with a worm or lizard. Jigging spoons are still producing quality bass on 1/2 to 3/4 ounce (silver with a white or yellow accent tail feather or a deep diving crank bait in citrus shad and Tennessee shad colors). The jig and pig bite has been strong. Cast your jig to long tapering points that drop off into deep water, the best colors are black and blue, PB&J football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color craw trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with a chunk style trailer. The Crappie bite is still good in 12-20 feet on the edge of the river channels using 1/16- and 3/32-ounce Wager Baits, #46 Bluegrass, #3 Monkey Milk, #09 Electric Chicken, #10 Black and Chartreuse and small minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Now that the lake is at a Winter drawdown, it's prime time to go out scouting for new areas for Springtime fishing. Look for areas like feeder creeks, ditches, man-made structures, creek bends and undercuts, etc. Reminder: Keep and extra set of clothes in a dry bag stowed away on your vessel just in case you get caught in the rain, heavy winds, etc. Hypothermia happens quickly. Good luck and keep casting forward! Report from Master Captain Steve “Scooby” Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orv

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