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#4999613 - 03/01/14 11:42 AM Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot
Jojo4711 Offline
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Not sure what section this should go in, so if it needs to be moved, sorry. I am going to buy some land in Kaufman county and I have heard that I need at least 10 acres to have my own shooting range and/or hunt even though its outside the city limits. Anyone have experience with this or know the actual laws in Kaufman county? I know it differs by county also. I have already emailed the chief of police but probably wont receive a reply until Monday at the earliest.

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#5000341 - 03/02/14 03:07 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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I think it is state law that you need over 10 acres to hunt with a gun.
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#5000388 - 03/02/14 07:07 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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So basically just wait for a reply to the email I sent

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#5000416 - 03/02/14 07:30 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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Since your in the county, call the Sheriffs dept. The county beside mine has a 10 acre minimum and I don't believe it is a state wide thing. SO will tell you in a few minutes
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#5000558 - 03/02/14 09:05 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Western]
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Don't go on just what the rules/laws say. Please apply some common sense to the situation as well as what the laws say. Just because it may be legal Dont mean that it is smart. Or of it is set up correctly and with the right terrain, it can be just fine.

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#5001619 - 03/02/14 08:23 PM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Toxarch]
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Originally Posted By: Toxarch
I think it is state law that you need over 10 acres to hunt with a gun.



That is not true.

Check your county regulations. Only a few in the state have a minimum to fire a rifle on.

I doubt kaufman county is one.
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#5001908 - 03/02/14 11:42 PM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Brandon A]
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Originally Posted By: Brandon A
Originally Posted By: Toxarch
I think it is state law that you need over 10 acres to hunt with a gun.



That is not true.

Check your county regulations. Only a few in the state have a minimum to fire a rifle on.

I doubt kaufman county is one.


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#5002257 - 03/03/14 09:29 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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Don't think there is a statewide law, it should be on a county by county basis.

There is a State law about projectiles crossing a property line. So if you plan on bird hunting or much of anything other than bench rest shooting into a berm I would keep that in mind.

My neighbors have 5 acres in the county and spray pistol ammo into a dry creek bottom with reckless abandon and it doesn't bother me, if it was flatland and in my direction they would have met the sheriff by now.
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#5002367 - 03/03/14 10:17 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
Jojo4711 Offline
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What I found was that it is illegal to discharge a firearm if you own less than 10 acres and are in a subdivision. So if its not a subdivision, I would assume that even if you have 1 acre, its legal. That is all I can find as far as Kaufman county. Hopefully the COP can shed some light on this subject.

I plan on making some type of back stop, probably 12-15' high and I will be shooting up to 300 yards. So I wont just be shooting at a target attached to a tree lol. You have to have some common sense.


Edited by Jojo4711 (03/03/14 10:19 AM)

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#5002422 - 03/03/14 10:41 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
cameron00 Offline
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How do you have a property smaller than 10 acres that's 300+ yards long? Really narrow?

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#5002452 - 03/03/14 10:53 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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old easement or a piece of land that is cut off by a road or creek... we got a 7 acres strip that's cut off by a private road like that but its prolly 230yrds or so
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#5002469 - 03/03/14 11:02 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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A perfectly square 10 acres would be 220 yds x 220 yds. 311 yds corner to corner. (if I did the math right)
Any rectangular shape to the property only increases these yardages.

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#5002505 - 03/03/14 11:16 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
Jojo4711 Offline
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I never said how much land I was buying. I am merely trying to find out the laws and regulations. I have actually been looking at 20 acres in Kaufman County. That would be enough for a 300 yard range. However much acreage I end up with will determine how far I can shoot, but it wont be less than 100 yard range. 300 yard range is like my dream yardage lol, anything over 100 yards Im ok with.

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#5002578 - 03/03/14 11:44 AM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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The 10 acre rule is for bow hunting, 50 acres for firearms. The state says a county may not restrict hunting on 10 or more acres with a bow and cannot restrict hunting on 50 or more acres with a firearm. The exception are those same restrictions that were in place before the state law was passed. So your question would be were restrictions placed upon the property by the county before the state law was passed. Again, the local SO (or game warden) can easily answer that question. But there are other restrictions such as minimum number of feet from a public roadway, etc.

This is why you can legally dove hunt inside the city limits of Frisco on certain properties.
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#5002648 - 03/03/14 12:17 PM Re: Minimum acres needed to hunt/shoot [Re: Jojo4711]
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I think it depends on the individual. Some could safely hunt on 5 acres while others cannot hunt safely on a thousand acres.
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