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CrazedJava 08-21-2013 02:49 PM

Hunting on the cheap near DFW
 
Hey all.

I would like to get into hunting. The problem is that information about hunting around DFW hasn't been easy to come by. So far all I have found is some vague and unhelpful information on some local state parks and some hog hunting ranches that want to charge me about $250 a hog plus $200 for just showing up. (Sidenote: Really? When we have an epidemic of wild hogs you want ME to pay YOU? Nope!)

I'm most interested in hog hunting or coyote hunting as these are local menaces. Rabbit hunting would be interesting as well. Any information on how I could do this on the cheap would be appreciated. I'm really not looking to spend $200 to go hunting, though I wouldn't mind paying $30 to $50 just to access some land. That seems reasonable to me.

I do have a friend who has some land out near Abeline but so far we haven't been able to make a trip work. He would be more than happy to have me come shoot some hogs for him.

John_Deer 08-21-2013 03:56 PM

Hunting on the cheap isn't easy to find anywhere. Given you have no connections the best you can hope for is a grand a year to be part of a hunting club that pools their money to lease land. I lived in the metroplex 30 years ago and hunting opportunities were rare then. We used to have to ride out to Rockwall, TX just to plink. We could have hunted there but we didn't consider the land worth hunting. We never saw any game crossing the road or roadkill. I have to see more than a track here and there to hunt an area.

I was raised in South LA. I would just make the drive to Louisiana and stay there to go hunting.

John_Deer 08-21-2013 04:42 PM

There is public land you can hunt near the metroplex. Your budget is so tight I am not sure it is in your reach. I can walk out the door and start hunting here in NC. I end up spending $30 a day on eats, gatorade, gas, ammo and anything else that pops up.

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

I buy an atlas and gazetteer for every state I hunt in. They are inexpensive. You can expect to find back roads and hiking trails, even some logging paths included on the topographical map.
http://www.amazon.com/Texas-Atlas-Gazetteer-Delorme/dp/0899333206/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1377103120&sr=8-21&keywords=delorme+atlas+%26+gazetteer

Txhillbilly 08-21-2013 10:45 PM

You can hunt on several Corps of Engineer properties around North Texas,but in most areas,it's Bow hunting only. You also have to pay a fee to hunt them,and in certain areas it's also done by a draw.
Check with the Trinity River Authority about hunting areas,and also the Tx.Parks and Wildlife dept. They list all of the state owned hunting lands on their website.

c3shooter 08-21-2013 11:56 PM

Hunt the net for farm supply stores out around Weatherford/ Mineral Wells. Then drive out, and talk with the folks. Odds are they will be able to refer you to someone that would like coyotes thinned, etc. Get OUT of DFW and talk to folks in the small towns and villages.

Use some manners- do not leave gates other than as you found them, police brass, ask folks WHERE on their property it is ok to shoot. And thank them.

Txhillbilly 08-22-2013 01:25 AM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 1342434)
Hunt the net for farm supply stores out around Weatherford/ Mineral Wells. Then drive out, and talk with the folks. Odds are they will be able to refer you to someone that would like coyotes thinned, etc. Get OUT of DFW and talk to folks in the small towns and villages.

Use some manners- do not leave gates other than as you found them, police brass, ask folks WHERE on their property it is ok to shoot. And thank them.

C3,Unless your from the smaller rural areas around here and know the folks around there,there's little chance of any farmer/rancher letting you hunt on their property for free/or at all.
Almost all of them lease their property for hunting,if they allow people there at all.
I go to a whole bunch of farms/ranches everyday working on the oil/gas wells,and have yet been able to talk any of the landowners into letting me hunt on their land for free.
They all want you to pay them big money to hunt any type of critters on their land,and I'm in pretty good with several of them.

Money talks,and bullsh!t walks...


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