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Old 09-10-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Anybody hunt the public lands in EastTX? I have researched some of the land abailable to deer hunt and wondering what locations might hold some good deer?

I'm in Nacogdoches so I will be looking for land that is around an hour drive or less that I could hunt. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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Are game cameras allowed on public land?

Probably not the smartest idea if they are but could be useful if well hidden and checked regularly.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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Davey Crockett, Sabine, Alabama Creek, There is land around Sam Rayburn and Toledo. There are "some" good deer and several more lesser deer.
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:35 PM   #4
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I use trail cams all the time on public land. I just hide them well and check them at least once a week. This is through the summer. Once season opens, I will not put cameras out. If you are bowhunting, you can drive about 10 mile towards Lufkin and hunt on Alazan Bayou WMA.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild...ma/list/?id=26
You will need a Type II permit to hunt there.
The next closest public land is probably Davy Crockett NF.
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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I like Alabama Creek WMA , saw 2 nice bucks there last year . Did not get a shot at either , but kept me coming back all season.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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Alazan is a great place. Do a quick search, you will find a fair bit about it.

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Old 09-11-2010, 09:45 AM   #7
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I'm in Nacogdoches so I will be looking for land that is around an hour drive or less that I could hunt. Any suggestions?
Yellow Dog in Panola Co, just northeast of ya. It's type II. All Sabine River bottom land.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:19 AM   #8
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Davy Crockett is a good place...one of my hunting buddies shot a real nice 140 there last season.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:09 AM   #9
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Is it rifle or just bow on public land over there?
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:34 PM   #10
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If you go to the TPWD web page and look at public land it has all the info on which one you can hunt rifle.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:24 AM   #11
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try sabine national forest in the boles field area lots of deer.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:17 PM   #12
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I know you can hunt in parts of the angelina national forest on the northeast side of sam rayburn but i think it is restricted to a certain part of the park.. i have always been curious about what the park holds bc i have land a few miles upstream that is part of the attoyac river bottoms and have seen a few good deer in the past few years and have always wondered if it would be worth my wild to go thru the trouble to hunt the public land...
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:50 PM   #13
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Boles field does have a lot of deer but it also has a lot of hunters. Try SE of Boles field, a mile or two from lake Toledo Bend.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:02 AM   #14
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houston co. national forest probably has more deer and better bucks for public land in east texas. about 30min from nac. i have killed some good deer on the davy crockett land, been hunting there for about 12 yrs. If you want to see alot of bucks that have been killed from these parts go to the store in ratcliff and look at all the pics.

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Old 10-28-2010, 11:53 PM   #15
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:28 PM   #16
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Angelina National Forest is a great place to hunt. This is my first year to bow hunt and I have killed 2 out there so far. I haven't even had a chance to go lately, but i hear they are chasing does right now!
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:04 PM   #17
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Are game cameras allowed on public land?

Probably not the smartest idea if they are but could be useful if well hidden and checked regularly.
Game Cameras are legal but you cant bait them, not for hunting over or to get pictures over. Just talked to a forrest ranger told me fine was somewhere between 150 to 300 and take your gun or bow if hunting over bait. So I know your thinking ok over a scrape or rub. Only problem there is others r looking for those same signs. AND im affraid your camera might come up missing. Ive been lucky took pictures of 3 differant hunters that had souls and didnt steal. So any time putting out cameras on public land is a gamble. But what a gamble if you get a great picture of a big buck
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:07 PM   #18
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angelina national forest is a great place to hunt. This is my first year to bow hunt and i have killed 2 out there so far. I haven't even had a chance to go lately, but i hear they are chasing does right now!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:50 PM   #19
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In Davy Crockett NF you have Ratcliff Hwy 7 out of Nacogdoches, Neches Bluff 21 out of Nac to Alto to Neches Bluff, you have Big Slough.. all of these as stated before offer GREAT Hunting..

Ratcliff Lake Campground is closed at this time due to Storm Damage... May open by Oct 1st.. (I hope) there are many primitive camp sites also available.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:57 AM   #20
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Game Cameras are legal but you cant bait them, not for hunting over or to get pictures over. Just talked to a forrest ranger told me fine was somewhere between 150 to 300 and take your gun or bow if hunting over bait. So I know your thinking ok over a scrape or rub. Only problem there is others r looking for those same signs. AND im affraid your camera might come up missing. Ive been lucky took pictures of 3 differant hunters that had souls and didnt steal. So any time putting out cameras on public land is a gamble. But what a gamble if you get a great picture of a big buck

Did you happen to get a game cam pic of someones butt? If so for a small fee I'll tell you who it was.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:39 AM   #21
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Hope this helps those looking for tracts with the APH permit/walk-in hunts (TPWD) for white-tailed deer

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild...ublic_hunting/

Map booklet - http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild...able_contents/

Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH) Units that allow White-tailed Deer Hunting for 2011-2012 season

Requires the APH, $48 permit in addition to a valid hunting license
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/#aph


Please check each Unit for seasons, legal means & methods that may be used. Not all species may be taken on all units. Refer to the Legal Game legends on individual unit maps to determine which species may be taken on each unit. If a species or season is not listed in the Legal Game box, there is no hunting allowed for that species or by that particular means on the unit. Example, if under deer there is only an archery season listed, then there is no gun hunting allowed for deer on that area.

Region 3 – Central Texas:
San Angelo SP – Unit #1166

Region 4 – Dallas/Ft. Worth:
Cooper WMA - Unit #731
South Sulfur Unit-Cooper Lake SP - Unit #1155
Caddo National Grasslands WMA - Bois D’ Arc Unit #901N
Caddo National Grasslands WMA - Ladonia Unit #901S
Tawakoni WMA - Unit #708
Pat Mayse WMA - Unit #705

Region 5 - Pineywoods:
White Oak Creek WMA - Unit #727
Angelina Neches/Dam B WMA - Unit #707
Caddo Lake WMA - Unit #730
Alazan Bayou WMA – Unit #747E
Alazan Bayou WMA – Unit #747W
Campbell Timberland Mgmt. Newton County - Unit #122
Sabine River Authority Panola County - Unit #630
Moore Plantation WMA - Unit #902
Campbell Timberland Mgmt. Unit #106
Bannister WMA - Unit #903
North Toledo Bend WMA - Unit #615
Old Sabine Bottom WMA - Unit #732
Alabama Creek WMA - Unit #904

Region 6 – Austin/Waco:
Somerville WMA - Unit #711
Luminant Texas - Robertson County - Unit #607

Region 7 – Houston/Beaumont:
Sam Houston National Forest WMA - Unit #905

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Old 09-19-2011, 08:30 PM   #22
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I know you can hunt in parts of the angelina national forest on the northeast side of sam rayburn but i think it is restricted to a certain part of the park.. i have always been curious about what the park holds bc i have land a few miles upstream that is part of the attoyac river bottoms and have seen a few good deer in the past few years and have always wondered if it would be worth my wild to go thru the trouble to hunt the public land...

shhhhhhhh...... I'm guessing you're on the San Augustine Co side?
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #23
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Hey everyone, Im new to texas and im looking for some good Public hunting land . Im near the Houston area.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #24
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Hey everyone, Im new to texas and im looking for some good Public hunting land . Im near the Houston area.
check out the sam houston national forest thread, lots of good info there and welcome to Texas!
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #25
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Thank you.. have you ever been out there?
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:59 PM   #26
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Taking notes.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:38 PM   #27
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sam houston national forest is a great place to hunt.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:23 AM   #28
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Dont mean to butt in on your thread but i was wondering is there a permit that alllows you to just hunt for a few days im stationed in south korea and will be in for only 12 days and looks like i may have to hunt white oak wma thanks
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:34 AM   #29
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Dont mean to butt in on your thread but i was wondering is there a permit that alllows you to just hunt for a few days im stationed in south korea and will be in for only 12 days and looks like i may have to hunt white oak wma thanks
Seeing you are active duty your state license should be paid for. The permit is annual and it is only $48. There are other areas (non WMAs) where no permit is required. It is free to you.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #30
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does anyone know if theres camping at unit #707 angelina neches? and if so is that a good area? cant find to much to read on it. thanks
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:21 PM   #31
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You can get to Bannister in about 45 minutes from Nac. I used to hunt it quite a bit along with Alazan Bayou.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #32
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Seeing you are active duty your state license should be paid for. The permit is annual and it is only $48. There are other areas (non WMAs) where no permit is required. It is free to you.
With an active duty ID your super combo is free.. Thanks for Serving..
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:00 AM   #33
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Newton cty has all Bow only public land. Pretty good hunting. Moore Plantation is another good area. The Bannister Unit on HWY 83 East of Broaddus. I have hunted these area before and of these 3 I would hunt the Bow only in Newton. Moore gets a whole bunch of squirrel hunters during archery season. Bannister seems to be pretty isolated. Bannister is just up the road from Powell park and San Augustine....A.M hunt,P.M. fish.

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