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#1472033 - 06/09/10 09:21 PM Hunting on own property
kray Offline
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Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 5
I was born and raised in Northeast Texas (but grew up hunting in Oklahoma). Now, I am in the military and will be purchasing land in Texas soon so that I can have it paid off by the time I retire.

My question is this: I heard a rumor that you have to own at least 50 acres in order to shoot a gun on your own land without a hunting license. I plan on getting a license regardless, but wanted to know if this is true or not (in case I have friends visit or what not since I will be visiting the land frequently until I retire). I am asking this because I want to purchase 50-80 acres, but my wife wants us to only purchase 20-30 acres.

I have taken the Texas hunters safety course (but will retake it with my wife).

Thank you in advance.


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#1472042 - 06/09/10 09:25 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: kray]
ETXFIREMAN 1 Online   content
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Registered: 01/20/10
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Loc: Canton, Tx
I have never heard of the 50 ac rule you refer to. I own 32 ac and hunt there and shoot there frequently.

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#1472043 - 06/09/10 09:25 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: kray]
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Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8086
Loc: Texas
I don't think there is any circumstance in which you can hunt without a license. You can use management tags, but you still have to have a license, I believe.

I only own 40 acres. Nothing to be ashamed of there.


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#1472112 - 06/09/10 09:52 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: cameron00]
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you have to have a license to hunt, period.
I believe you need at least 10 acres to hunt on


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#1472199 - 06/09/10 10:16 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: cameron00]
kray Offline
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Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 5
Originally Posted By: cameron00
I only own 40 acres. Nothing to be ashamed of there.


I'm not ashamed of having less than 50 acres. I will be happy to just own my own land. However, I figure that if I purchase 50 acres now, and we decide that we don't need that much land, I can always sell it later. However, if we buy 25 acres now, the adjoining land may not be for sale down the road if we decide that we want more land (and the price will probably be higher).


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#1472214 - 06/09/10 10:22 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: kray]
700X Offline
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Registered: 12/25/09
Posts: 261
Loc: TX
You can hunt Hogs witout a license - thats it.

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#1472219 - 06/09/10 10:24 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: 700X]
kray Offline
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Registered: 06/09/10
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Thanks E Rollins. How's College Station these days? I graduated from Texas A&M in December `04. What a great place.


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#1472226 - 06/09/10 10:27 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: kray]
z71dustin Offline
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Registered: 10/27/09
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You can shoot a gun on 1 acre without a license. You just can't hunt without one


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#1472233 - 06/09/10 10:31 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: z71dustin]
Jayrod Offline


Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 708
Loc: NRH
You can shoot all you want provided that none of your bullets cross your property line.

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#1472301 - 06/09/10 10:47 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: Jayrod]
swmays Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 5526
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
The only acreage law regarding hunting I've heard of is that to hunt in the city limits the parcel needs to be at least so many acres. Can't remember if its 10 or 20. You must be so many feet from property line(no clue how many ft.)and shot can't leave the property. No large caliber rifles allowed.

Or something along them lines.


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#1472317 - 06/09/10 10:51 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: kray]
700X Offline
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Registered: 12/25/09
Posts: 261
Loc: TX
Originally Posted By: kray
Thanks E Rollins. How's College Station these days? I graduated from Texas A&M in December `04. What a great place.


if you saw it today - you probably would not believe it !! We are expanding so fast that I cant even keep up with it and I live here..been a helluva change in the last 30 years for sure .

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#1472321 - 06/09/10 10:51 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: swmays]
tth_40 Offline
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Registered: 04/05/10
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Loc: North Texas.
I think that may be a county requirement thing as far as discharge of firearms goes.

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#1472329 - 06/09/10 10:54 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: tth_40]
700X Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/25/09
Posts: 261
Loc: TX
Your exactly right - and most county guidelines fall into the 10 acre rule.

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#1472332 - 06/09/10 10:55 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: 700X]
vanguard Online   content
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Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 3195
Originally Posted By: E Rollins
You can hunt Hogs witout a license - thats it.


R U sure ?


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#1472346 - 06/09/10 11:00 PM Re: Hunting on own property [Re: tth_40]
swmays Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 5526
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
Obviously I am not sure of the specifics, but the cops are regularly called out by the residents of new subdivisions in Plano and Rockwall because Joe Bob is hunting dove in his sun flower field in the city limits. The same 80 acres Joe Bob's family has been cultivating for the past 50 yrs.


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