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#6503912 - 10/20/16 10:22 AM OTC Public tags?
Kup Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/19/16
Posts: 5
This is my first post on here. I'm a transplant from the northwest.
I'm wondering if it's possible to get over the counter public land tags for hunting down here. After my last hunting season, I'm inclined to go back to the public land, spot and stalk I grew up with and was hoping y'all might be able to point me in the right direction. I live west of Fort Worth, but am interested in hunting the pan handle or Big Bend area of the state for deer or bear.
Any information you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for letting me become a part of the forums =)

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#6503928 - 10/20/16 10:31 AM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
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Veteran Tracker

Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 3447
Loc: Carrollton/ Young, Blanco coun...
Click on the Public hunting tab on the left ---> TPWD

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#6503989 - 10/20/16 11:09 AM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
Kup Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/19/16
Posts: 5
That is exactly what I was hoping to find! Thanks for the link =)

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#6504591 - 10/20/16 06:14 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
Kup Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/19/16
Posts: 5
It would appear public land, big game tags aren't available for north/west Texas - at least that I'm able to locate...

*let me amend that statement - modern firearm, big game tags aren't available*


Edited by Kup (10/20/16 06:29 PM)

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#6504738 - 10/20/16 08:07 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
Indyoshi Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/12/15
Posts: 186
Loc: Dickinson, TX
Annual hunting permit is $48. Get that and they will mail you a book with all the maps of where you can hunt and what species can be hunted on each property. I dont believe any bear is legal in tx...could be wrong. Youll still need your regular hunting license. If suggest a super combo if you fish fresh and salt too. Then just need your HIP, and federal migratory bird/duck stamp and youre good to go all year.


Edited by Indyoshi (10/20/16 08:09 PM)
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public hunting FB page https://facebook.com/txhuntnfish/

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#6504770 - 10/20/16 08:26 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Indyoshi]
Palehorse Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4594
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Originally Posted By: Indyoshi
Annual hunting permit is $48. Get that and they will mail you a book with all the maps of where you can hunt and what species can be hunted on each property. I dont believe any bear is legal in tx...could be wrong. Youll still need your regular hunting license. If suggest a super combo if you fish fresh and salt too. Then just need your HIP, and federal migratory bird/duck stamp and youre good to go all year.


Good start here! Don't forget your hunter safety course, unless your an old fart like me.

Yea, bear are protected in Texas. Now I've hunted bare before, but I got cold.
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#6504778 - 10/20/16 08:31 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
Palehorse Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4594
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Originally Posted By: Kup
It would appear public land, big game tags aren't available for north/west Texas - at least that I'm able to locate...

*let me amend that statement - modern firearm, big game tags aren't available*


The tags come attached to your licence. No separate tags.
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“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

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#6505493 - 10/21/16 12:14 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42711
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Kup
It would appear public land, big game tags aren't available for north/west Texas - at least that I'm able to locate...

*let me amend that statement - modern firearm, big game tags aren't available*


What's your location?

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#6505527 - 10/21/16 12:28 PM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Kup]
Palehorse Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4594
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
If you want a public land area in the panhandle that you can just roam around western style, check out Lake Meridith. You can hunt mule deer and whitetails with a rifle. No drawing required, but it can get a little crowded on the weekend. No special tags, just use the ones attached to your licence.

Here's some info. https://www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/hunting.htm


Edited by Palehorse (10/21/16 12:30 PM)
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“He grouped his last five shots right in the center of the bull’s-eye. Then I showed him my technique of scattering shots randomly around the target because, as I explained, you never know which way the deer might jump just as you pull the trigger.”

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#6506431 - 10/22/16 10:07 AM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: BOBO the Clown]
Kup Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/19/16
Posts: 5
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: Kup
It would appear public land, big game tags aren't available for north/west Texas - at least that I'm able to locate...

*let me amend that statement - modern firearm, big game tags aren't available*


What's your location?


I live in Bluff Dale, right in between Granbury and Stephenville.

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#6506433 - 10/22/16 10:08 AM Re: OTC Public tags? [Re: Palehorse]
Kup Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/19/16
Posts: 5
Originally Posted By: Palehorse
If you want a public land area in the panhandle that you can just roam around western style, check out Lake Meridith. You can hunt mule deer and whitetails with a rifle. No drawing required, but it can get a little crowded on the weekend. No special tags, just use the ones attached to your licence.

Here's some info. https://www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/hunting.htm


I will check this out! Sounds like a great place to go. I have to ability to visit during the week and potentially avoid the crowds =) Thanks.

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