I was thinking of going out there myself this year. I always had private land to hunt on as a kid. I just took the hunter education course and there was someone that told me you had to have a permit to hunt public land. This is the link for the Annual Public Hunting Permit. I could be wrong...the guy above said he called and I haven't called to confirm anything. Would just hate to get out there and get fined without it.http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/
Another link on the Caddo-LBJ Grasslands website explaining the requirement for this permit to hunt deer.http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/texas/recreation/hunting
There is all types of public land in Texas...You only have to have the $48.00 permit to hunt hunt Type 2/WMA land. The national forest & grassland are usually free and don't require a permit except for those areas leased by TPWD that are now WMA's like Caddo ntl grasslands, Ham Houston ntl forest, and parts of Davy Crockett (Alazan Bayou WMA), Angelina Ntl forest (Bannister WMA) and Sabine Ntl forest (Moore Plantation WMA).
All other parts of those last 3 national forest listed and all of the LBJ grasslands are free to hunt. There are also a lot of COE lands that is free like the areas around lakes Whitney and Aquilla (free permit) and all over east TX.
I killed my best turkey to date up in the LBJ grasslands....