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#2613029 - 09/26/11 07:58 PM Can I hunt on my own land?
crazyeyes Offline
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Registered: 09/26/11
Posts: 3
Hi Yall, I love this forum, but I finally have a question to post.
Just bought a house and land on 5 1/2 acres in northern Hays county, outside Dripping Springs. I have the smallest plot in the area, neighbors have 100 acres, 50 acres and 5,000 acres, closest house is half mile away. I know the 100 acres neighbor has an active lease next door.
My question is, can I legally take a deer on my own property and take it to a processor? How do I find out?
Oh, yeah, I've counted 12 does and only 2 bucks so far...not sure if this matters.
Thanks


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#2613122 - 09/26/11 08:27 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: crazyeyes]
Aboud Offline
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Registered: 02/20/10
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As long as there is no land or hoa restrictions and not in city limits I am pretty sure that's a yes. I would call tpwd and have them email you the direct answer that way you have it in writing just in case. Also congrats on finding 5 acres in the middle of all that land. You just might have a gold mine come the rut. Good luck!!


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#2613151 - 09/26/11 08:35 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: Aboud]
crazyeyes Offline
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Registered: 09/26/11
Posts: 3
Thanks for the reply and will do! We moved in last May and are loving it!


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#2613190 - 09/26/11 08:49 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: crazyeyes]
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Can't see why not. I would just give you a little advice and be careful how & where you hunt and where you shoot. I would get to know the neighbors and give them a heads up. Be careful not to hunt to close their stands or feeders or have your set up in their line of sight and also try not to hunt the fence line. It will be hard not to on such a small plot but making yourself a good neighbor will go a long ways. Congrats! up

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#2613327 - 09/26/11 09:34 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: BuckRage]
crazyeyes Offline
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Registered: 09/26/11
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Thanks! Met the neighbors, all good people. I started feeding in an area where I think it's clear. You're right though, should give everybody a heads up...plus they might be able to give some advice, lay of the land and all that,
Thanks!


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#2613953 - 09/27/11 07:15 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: crazyeyes]
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Also be careful of the # of deer you take. If you, your brother, your kid and your father in law all take multiple deer it could irritate some folks.

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#2614025 - 09/27/11 08:02 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: passthru]
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Well you mention taking it to the processor so if your meat hunting I think the neighbors would agree.

Ask your neighbors about deer density and how many are in the area, if every one is over run with deer and you limit your self to taking a couple of doe for the first year or so.....

Then you might find your self both in good favor with the neighbors and invited to hunt with them as well.


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#2615912 - 09/27/11 07:46 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: deewayne2003]
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Registered: 01/08/09
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Agree that I'd be really careful about overharvesting.

Unless the deer population is very high or no one else around you hunts, you're taking more than your fair share if you harvest a deer more than every few years.

I've helped HF out a couple of guys that were shooting 2 or 3 deer a year on their 10-acre ranchettes. The land just can't support that.


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#2616944 - 09/28/11 07:25 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: cameron00]
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Check your county restrictions to see if they require a minimum number of acres to own to hunt on. Some do and some don't. Good luck.

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#2616953 - 09/28/11 07:28 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: cameron00]
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I'm a Hays Co. Deputy

You can hunt it and take deer from your property.

Potential legal issues:
1) You cannot shoot across property boundaries without prior consent from adjoining property owners. This includes any projectile that might pass through your target and then cross the property line.

2) Make sure you get permission to cross property lines to recover any deer that happens to run onto the neighbor's property after being shot.

If you recover a deer from the neighbor's property without first obtaining permission to do so the evidence might appear to indicate that you shot a deer on their property and then dragged it back to your property. A little pre-planning on your part could save you a lot of trouble later.



Edited by LandPirate (09/28/11 07:30 AM)
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#2617184 - 09/28/11 09:02 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: LandPirate]
B_Bop77 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 226
Loc: Manor/San Marcos
I'd recommend head/neck shots on meat shots, unless you have neighbors permission to track game.


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#2620261 - 09/29/11 10:32 AM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: B_Bop77]
MarkE Offline
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Registered: 01/26/06
Posts: 1315
Loc: San Angelo
Originally Posted By: B_Bop77
I'd recommend head/neck shots on meat shots, unless you have neighbors permission to track game.


Maybe use a slug or buckshot to prevent a pass-through onto the neighbors land.


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#2620984 - 09/29/11 03:13 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: MarkE]
Bluesea112 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/13/10
Posts: 170
Loc: West, TX
I agree with the others on the issue of pass through shots crossing the property line. If it were me, I would put up a tall tower blind so I could see the entire 5 acres, but more importantly, my shots would be at a downward angle.

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but to my knowledge there is no law in the State of Texas that says your property has to be any certain size for you to legally take a game animal; as long as you are outside of the city limits.



Edited by Bluesea112 (09/29/11 03:16 PM)

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#2620994 - 09/29/11 03:19 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: Bluesea112]
treeman Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 253
Loc: temple tx
i thought i read that tpwd requires you have at 10 acres to be legal?


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#2621240 - 09/29/11 04:56 PM Re: Can I hunt on my own land? [Re: treeman]
B_Bop77 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 226
Loc: Manor/San Marcos
No min on acreage just projectile tresspass laws.


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