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#6937019 - 10/28/17 02:18 PM Public land Acreage for Texas
DoveMaster Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 270
Correct me if im wrong but i think Texas Parks and Wildlife continues to say there is over a million public acres to hunt in Texas, and i am pretty sure they include the bodies of water (lakes) in this acreage. Why are they including water, that u cant do anything but fish on. Seems to me like they should ONLY include LAND in there marketing of acreage to the public. Any one else out there irritated by this? False advertising to public maybe?

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#6937035 - 10/28/17 02:40 PM Re: Public land Acreage for Texas [Re: DoveMaster]
Erny Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 2070
Loc: Smith County
Ever hear of waterfowl?

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#6939204 - 10/30/17 09:38 AM Re: Public land Acreage for Texas [Re: DoveMaster]
HankTheTank Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/17
Posts: 36
Loc: San Antonio
From their website "...over 1 million acres of publicly accessible land...". To me, this means exactly what it says. They are considering land and it is accessible to the public. There are the National Forests and Refuges, drawn hunt opportunities (with many being on large properties), etc. But, that doesn't mean it is all public land. There are quite a few privately owned properties that TPWD leases and the public has access to during certain dates/seasons.

I could be wrong, but I believe they are ONLY including LAND and not falsely advertising. If water was being included, I'd think they would include navigable rivers/streams and coastal waterbodies as that would add a lot more 'acreage' for their advertising.

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#6942745 - 11/01/17 06:52 PM Re: Public land Acreage for Texas [Re: DoveMaster]
DoveMaster Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 270
Hmmmm, yes i thought about the duck hunting prior to my post, and i guess i could be wrong on this... Just seemed like some of the WMA maps in the books, seemed to be including the lakes, but again, i could be wrong on, will have to double check... I would hope they would keep the lakes out of their estimates, not downing duck hunters, but seems like Public Land estimates should be stuff you can walk on.

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#6943061 - 11/01/17 10:08 PM Re: Public land Acreage for Texas [Re: DoveMaster]
Sniper John Online   happy
gumshoe

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16657
Loc: North Texas
PUBLICLY OWNED OR MANAGED LAND
AGENCY ACREAGE
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE
State Parks and Recreation Areas 205,268 acres owned
Wildlife Management Areas 308,899 acres owned 449,196 acres managed/ leased
Natural Areas 301,687 acres owned
Historic Areas 8,906 acres owned
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
U.S.Forest Service 675,232 (includes national forest and grassland acreage)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
National Park Service 1,172,377
U.S. Fish & Wildlife 417,000
U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
U.S. Military Bases 517,000
Corps of Engineers 235,000
TEXAS RIVER AUTHORITIES 4,743
MUNICIPAL/COUNTY OWNED PARKLAND 222,186
TOTAL 4,517,494 acres owned or managed by public entities.
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