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#6449105 - 09/12/16 03:49 PM New to Texas ...... need info please
Creedmoor Offline
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 618
Loc: Soon to be Hudson Oaks
Hello Gentlemen.

We are likely going to be moving to the fine state of Texas next Spring. While I am looking forward to the move, I am concerned about how long it will take me to find places to hunt. I am 62 years young and my son (main hunting buddy) is 22. We are responsible sportsmen and I have raised him properly in the use of firearms and responsible outdoors manners.

We are going to relocate to the Weatherford area. Is there any appreciable public land near there that we can hunt? Or am I going to need to look into a lease or other manner of access?

We are solely interested in feral pigs, coyotes, and bobcats. I am an experienced caller and we have hunted coyotes for several years.

I am NOT looking for a handout or directions to a hunting area. Just trying to gather as much information as possible in advance.

As a side note, I am a seasoned reloader and long range shooter, and look forward to sharing information with you guys. Always interested in learning and sharing.

Thanks in advance for any info or advice !!
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#6449200 - 09/12/16 04:28 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
New Hunter Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/10/16
Posts: 50
Loc: Houston, Texas
Welcome Creedmoor. flag I am too far away from Weatherford but just wanted to welcome you and your son to the forum. - New Hunter

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#6449208 - 09/12/16 04:30 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Fairfield, TX
welcome to texas

My uncle has a place in Lampasas that will be available next year. 305 +/- acres....limit to 3 hunters.
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#6449239 - 09/12/16 04:49 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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welcome Texas is 97% privately owned land so lease hunting is the standard for hunting for most of us. There is public land and TPWD State Draw WMA hunts also.
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#6449247 - 09/12/16 04:52 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
ThreePeppers Offline
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Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 365
Loc: Fort Worth/Kent County
Welcome Creedmoor!

For the long term you'll probably want to look into a lease. Weatherford is a good launching point as you basically have good habitat within a couple hours drive West, Northwest, and Southwest. Our place is about 2:45 from Weatherford and we pass plenty of good hunting on the way.

In the short term you probably need to check out the LBJ National Grasslands just north of Decatur and look for package hunts. I've never hunted the 3 species you're looking for at the grasslands but have hunted ducks and dove and out there. I'm sure there are pigs, cats, and yotes there as well just need to check the regulations on what you can and can't do.

On a side note, how the heck was the username "Creedmoor" available???

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#6449296 - 09/12/16 05:25 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: ThreePeppers]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 618
Loc: Soon to be Hudson Oaks
Originally Posted By: ThreePeppers

On a side note, how the heck was the username "Creedmoor" available???


I'm just as surprised as you are! confused2

Thanks guys for all of the replies. I'm just going to keep researching and see what things look like. We'll likely be moving in March, so I have a bit of time to look around. And we'll be making trips out there probably once a month so maybe I can take a look around more as time draws near. I can already tell that as much as I have loved spending 62 years in Tennessee the hunting opportunities for us in Texas will be much more fun.
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#6449304 - 09/12/16 05:29 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
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Registered: 07/31/15
Posts: 413
welcome
Good advice from ThreePeppers. You are in a good area to get out West. After deer season there are several weekend 24 hr varmit hunt rodeos run with check-in locations around Weatherford. Watch the notice section in the forum as guys usually post the flyers. Good way to meet others in your area. Lots of lease/package hunting opportunities with 3 hrs of your new home base.

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#6449384 - 09/12/16 06:24 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 5471
Loc: DFW
Welcome Creedmoor! There are plenty of places to hunt but as others have stated most of it is private but then there are advantages with it being private. As for LR shooting you will have a 1,000 yd range just west of where you'll be! There are plenty of guys on here that shoot LR and will be happy to exchange information with you. I shoot a little long range and own two Creedmoors.

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#6449386 - 09/12/16 06:25 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 1892
You'll like hunting Texas much more than Tennessee. The deer aren't as big but there are many more of them. Plus you can rifle hunt for two months instead of one week. I enjoyed living in Tennessee for 2 years but am glad to be back in Texas and will never leave again if I can help it. You will have to get a lease for decent hunting. You're not going to find much public land around Weatherford. You also have to remember 250 miles is a day trip in Tx. Is your son moving down here too or will he just be coming down to hunt?

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#6449417 - 09/12/16 06:45 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
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Registered: 07/26/13
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Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
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#6449424 - 09/12/16 06:50 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: scalebuster]
Creedmoor Offline
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 618
Loc: Soon to be Hudson Oaks
Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Is your son moving down here too or will he just be coming down to hunt?


That's still up in the air. As much as we would like to have him at home, he is in his last year of college and who knows where his vocation may require him to locate. He is a Criminal Justice major with a Computer Science minor and is looking to go into Cyber Intelligence or something similar. His best bets will be FBI, CIA, DHS, or ICE. We'll just have to wait and see. But he is a "homebody" to some degree. Maybe he can find something close to home.

I'm grateful for the responses that have been given already. This move, as with any relocation, is troubling in many ways. But you guys are already making it easier by helping with information.


Edited by Creedmoor (09/12/16 06:51 PM)
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#6449459 - 09/12/16 07:12 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 15131
Loc: Denton/Argyle
welcome


Edited by dkershen (09/12/16 07:57 PM)
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#6449569 - 09/12/16 08:14 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Registered: 02/05/12
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Welcome.

You already have some good info to get you running with regards to hunting.

Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
Cyber Intelligence... FBI, CIA, DHS, or ICE

Depending on what he wants to do specifically, and generally speaking, his best bet is the Washington (DC) area.

Good luck to both of you.
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#6449603 - 09/12/16 08:33 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 1892
What part of Tennessee are you moving from?

I moved to Franklin when I first got to Tennessee. I had a good time there but got into a fight my first night in town with a couple of suits. I gave them an Odessa Tx. awakening. Apparently they didn't like boots and jeans talking to the women in the Franklin bars. They learned to accept it.

I bought a place in Hendersonville a few months later and really enjoyed Old Hickory lake. The people there were great and treated me well.

I met some folks from Paris, Tenn that let me hunt on their place next to Hank Jr.'s ranch. Wonderful people that I still keep in touch with.

I also had a lease down by Centerville. The hunting wasn't bad and the guys I was on the lease with took me to my first dog fight. I grew up with a bunch of roughnecks but they're topped by the hillbillies I met on my hunting lease.

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#6449629 - 09/12/16 08:54 PM Re: New to Texas ...... need info please [Re: Creedmoor]
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Registered: 08/25/06
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Loc: Azle,Tx /Hunt Jack Co.
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