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 target shooting on public lands in texas?
jabanobatha  [Member]
3/22/2008 5:17:56 PM
Is it legal to shoot on any public lands in texas - I'm just north of houston and I used to shoot in washington all the time in the mountains on lands managed by BLM - it was always a lot more fun then going to ranges
Slappy96  [Member]
3/22/2008 5:50:49 PM
Unfortunately you cannot. At least I am not aware of any public lands you can shoot on. This is one of the very few things I don't like about our state.
jcrowl  [Member]
3/23/2008 10:07:20 PM
You can hunt in the national forests in East Texas
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/sam_houston/hunting_on_samhouston.shtml
DVDTracker  [Dealer]
3/23/2008 11:04:37 PM

Originally Posted By jcrowl:
You can hunt in the national forests in East Texas
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/sam_houston/hunting_on_samhouston.shtml


From the bottom of that page:


The discharge of a firearm for target shooting in other than a designated target practice area is an offense.

NathanL  [Team Member]
3/25/2008 1:28:33 PM
Sam Houston National Forest has a target range located on it for just such a purpose. Some state WMA's (Wildlife Management Areas) have ranges as well - some open year round and others open at limited times. Check with TPWD for dates/locations.
hdbint  [Team Member]
3/25/2008 1:35:09 PM

Originally Posted By NathanL:
Sam Houston National Forest has a target range located on it for just such a purpose. Some state WMA's (Wildlife Management Areas) have ranges as well - some open year round and others open at limited times. Check with TPWD for dates/locations.


Not any more. They shut the range down several years ago. The only way you can carry on Sam Houston NF is to be actively engaged in hunting (orange vest, have a hunting license & have the Public Lands Hunting Permit). Even with all that, they will go after you if they catch blasting away at shit.

Only other way is CCW. It must remain concealed. Again, out target shooting with it will land you in trouble if caught.
NathanL  [Team Member]
3/26/2008 12:31:54 AM
It must be only open to FS employees because we were out there shooting with them at a demonstration the other day.
Chowdadi  [Member]
3/26/2008 2:06:01 AM
You'd think that the 2nd largest state in the U. S. would have plenty of public land for recreational uses. Unfortunately that's not the case & here's why:

"Nineteenth-century political leaders in Texas sold off state lands as rapidly as possible to pay off debt remaining from the "War of Independence" and to encourage settlement and economic development. By the turn of the century, most of the state's 261,914 square miles of land area were privately owned."

Link: www.texasep.org/html/lnd/lnd_5pub.html
hdbint  [Team Member]
3/26/2008 10:02:34 AM

Originally Posted By NathanL:
It must be only open to FS employees because we were out there shooting with them at a demonstration the other day.


Hook a brother up.
zdauexs  [Member]
3/26/2008 10:29:22 AM
Yeah, the LBJ Grassland's near Decatur used to be an awesome place to camp and shoot. First they stopped taregt shooting except in one designated area, then they closed that area too. Now just hunting with shotgun, black powder and bow are allowed. Great memories from that place!
RenegadeX  [Member]
3/26/2008 11:57:42 AM

Originally Posted By Chowdadi:
You'd think that the 2nd largest state in the U. S. would have plenty of public land for recreational uses.


Texas is a free state, the people own the land, not the politicians. That is a good thing.
Ponyboy  [Team Member]
3/26/2008 7:22:27 PM
You have any place close that's administered by the Army Corps of Engineers? I hunt and shoot on thousands and thousands of acres that is open to the public.

We were checking out another place just yesterday that has a field in it big enough to set up a 2000 yard range if you wanted.
Chowdadi  [Member]
3/27/2008 1:42:22 AM

Originally Posted By RenegadeX:

Originally Posted By Chowdadi:
You'd think that the 2nd largest state in the U. S. would have plenty of public land for recreational uses.


Texas is a free state, the people own the land, not the politicians. That is a good thing.


I won't argue that, just stating a historical fact as to why there is a shortage of public lands for recreational use in Texas.

In many cases, unless a person is a rural landowner, or has permission from a rural landowner, trying to find a place to do some informal plinking or dirt bike riding can be difficult.
Drewcoolness  [Member]
3/27/2008 1:52:45 AM

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
You have any place close that's administered by the Army Corps of Engineers? I hunt and shoot on thousands and thousands of acres that is open to the public.

We were checking out another place just yesterday that has a field in it big enough to set up a 2000 yard range if you wanted.


Where at? I looked and the only thing coming up on their website it the Lakes.
Gator96  [Member]
3/27/2008 2:05:42 AM

Originally Posted By Drewcoolness:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
You have any place close that's administered by the Army Corps of Engineers? I hunt and shoot on thousands and thousands of acres that is open to the public.

We were checking out another place just yesterday that has a field in it big enough to set up a 2000 yard range if you wanted.


Where at? I looked and the only thing coming up on their website it the Lakes.


I'll ask too, where at? I regularly visit Corps of Engineer managed areas for boating and would love to be able to shoot there.
Ponyboy  [Team Member]
3/27/2008 7:07:27 AM

Originally Posted By Drewcoolness:

Where at? I looked and the only thing coming up on their website it the Lakes.



They have thousands of acres around Lake Texoma and that is where we go. Call your local office and ask them if they have any land available for hunting or shooting.


BuffDragon  [Team Member]
3/27/2008 10:09:40 AM

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:

Originally Posted By Drewcoolness:

Where at? I looked and the only thing coming up on their website it the Lakes.



They have thousands of acres around Lake Texoma and that is where we go. Call your local office and ask them if they have any land available for hunting or shooting.



there's land around Lake Georgetown as well. so I'd venture a guess that most all corps of engineers lakes have land surrounding. some maybe more than others.
I'd call and check it out.


not to sound like a dick, but the few times I've hunted (duck hunting) on public land made me nervous as shit and I wont do it again. you're thrown out there with all manners of stupid that have a gun and are shooting it.
then again, I'm fortunate enough to have a nice ranch in the family and do whatever I want.


as a thought, you could talk to people looking to lease their land to deer hunters and ask if you couldnt "lease" their land during the off season just for plinking. I know a lot of deer leases are only available to the hunters that lease them during seasons. leaving half the year or more open.
Ponyboy  [Team Member]
3/27/2008 6:21:27 PM
Here is the Corps map for Lake Texoma. Everything in green is open for public hunting and I believe it is all open for target shooting, etc but call the Corps just to double check. We only go to the places in the middle of nowhere so I'm not 100% sure about the places closer to civilization.

www.swt.usace.army.mil/LIBRARY/Webhuntingmaps/texoma.pdf

If it's available in your area then they'll have a similar map available to you. I'm not going to check every map out there, so you'll have to find the local places and do a little research on your own