Like westtexaswatkins mentioned, most of Texas is private land but don't be discouraged. Hopefully you'll eventually meet someone who has land and hunts. In the meantime, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/.
In it, you'll find all of the information you need. It's a lot of reading and clicking around but in the end it will benefit you since you'll understand the big picture process of hunting public lands here in Texas. Also, this link
has an interactive map of all of the public land available for hunting. Each star has a link that will take you to the map of that particular hunting unit.
Things to note:
- You need to take a Hunter Safety class. It's required.
- You then buy your Hunting License which allows you to hunt for one season only. You'll get one each year. When you buy one, you'll have many options to choose from. See this.
- After you've completed your Hunter Safety class and have purchased your license, you'll need one additional PERMIT, called the Annual Public Hunting Permit, to hunt public land. It's $48 and with it you get a book with the same maps as the interactive map link above. You can't hunt on public land without this permit.
- Know that in addition to the hunting rules of the state, each public hunting unit may also have ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS that govern what you can hunt there and how you can hunt it. Restrictions may be what means you can hunt with (rifle, archery only, shotgun) and what game you can hunt in that area. Each of the maps in the interactive map or the APH book has the additional restrictions printed on it.
- Also, when you purchase your license you'll get the Outdoor Annual booklet. Read it. After you've read it, read it again. When you've finished it, read a few more times. It will answer all of your pertinent questions for hunting in Texas.
- Texas also offers areas to hunt that you can only access if you are drawn in a lottery system. These are the Drawn Hunts that you'll hear about. Read about these types of hunts in TPWD website.
Be an educated hunter.