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#6045640 - 11/23/15 03:13 PM New to Texas
Spinone Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 32
Loc: McAllen
Hello All,

I moved to south Texas March of last year from Colorado. Without knowing it, I was apparently lucky to be able to have so many available productive acres of "walk-in" properties that were all within a days drive.

I now find myself with a young dog that should have a lot more experience by now. As my experienced dog is over the hill at 14, I really need to get my youngster some experience. I have hunted many of the Texas public lands in the Rio Grande Valley and not had much success.

With out revealing your sources, does any body have any suggestions? I cannot even find a source of training birds in the Rio Grande Valley. I am really starting to feel like I am living in an "upland desert". Very different attitudes toward dogs here..........

Any help would be much appreciated!

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#6045656 - 11/23/15 03:21 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9298
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
I gave up on finding a reliable source for training birds, so I built a Pigeon coop. As for where to hunt, cant help you there, maybe check Craigslist for day leases? Or find a preserve nearby that does pen raised hunts. Other than that, you will have to either pony up the cash for a lease, or travel. welcome
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#6045786 - 11/23/15 04:31 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
Barny Topwater Offline
red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2445
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Welcome, there are some public lands in So. Tex. You'll need to get a Public Land permit, it's $49 added on to your license. West TX has some huge public lands. Am I right when I guess you have a Spinone Italia dog. Forgive the spelling and I probably got the name wrong also blush
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#6045833 - 11/23/15 04:56 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
bill oxner Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 32683
Loc: Richmond
Welcome to the forum. It's tough in Texas.
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#6046004 - 11/23/15 06:13 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Barny Topwater]
Spinone Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 32
Loc: McAllen
Yes, I do have Spinone. I do have the permit and have been "hunting" the las Palomas properties with minor success. I have not looked at the west texas properties. Are you referring to the Big Bend and Alpine areas?

I do appreciate your help!




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#6046739 - 11/24/15 05:32 AM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9298
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Matador is where I would go. But it's a bit of a drive from S Texas.
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#6046847 - 11/24/15 07:29 AM Re: New to Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
stinkbelly Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/07/04
Posts: 6825
Loc: Parker County, Tx
Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Matador is where I would go. But it's a bit of a drive from S Texas.


If you want to meet there over the Christmas break, I will meet you and show you the little I know about that place. (Just don't kill me or my dogs.) PM me if you are interested.
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#6046854 - 11/24/15 07:34 AM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9298
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
You should take him up on this Spinone. Y'all will get into some birds.
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#6047034 - 11/24/15 08:39 AM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
reeltexan Offline
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 2302
Loc: Ovilla - TEXAS


Here's how I found a grower:

https://www.mynaga.org/


The guy has turned out to be a good friend too.
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#6047191 - 11/24/15 10:03 AM Re: New to Texas [Re: stinkbelly]
Spinone Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 32
Loc: McAllen
Originally Posted By: stinkbelly
Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Matador is where I would go. But it's a bit of a drive from S Texas.


If you want to meet there over the Christmas break, I will meet you and show you the little I know about that place. (Just don't kill me or my dogs.) PM me if you are interested.


Wow! Thank you for the offer. I had to look up where the Matador WMA is; it is a long way from McAllen. While I do have some time over the Christmas holidays, Unfortunately I don't have the time to make a ten hour drive.

I really appreciate the offer!

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#6047555 - 11/24/15 12:58 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
MS1454 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2705
Loc: Houston/Sealy
I can't believe people brought up matador before the chapparal. The chap will be open next weekend actually and I plan on being there. Quail numbers have been good this year.
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#6047770 - 11/24/15 02:55 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: MS1454]
Spinone Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 32
Loc: McAllen
Originally Posted By: MS1454
I can't believe people brought up matador before the chapparal. The chap will be open next weekend actually and I plan on being there. Quail numbers have been good this year.


I did see the Chaparral WMA in the map book. I also noticed the very limited dates for access. How do you get access on the "open" dates? Is it crowded to the point that it is not safe? I don't like getting peppered with shot and I certainly don't want my dogs to be shot.

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#6047805 - 11/24/15 03:10 PM Re: New to Texas [Re: Spinone]
MS1454 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2705
Loc: Houston/Sealy
Not sure about the open dates but am pretty sure you could not shoot any quail on those dates. Maybe run your dog but am not sure.

I was there last year and there were about 150 people. I ran into one person the whole weekend I was there. It's too big at 15000 acres and the cover is thick so I wouldn't worry too much.
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