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Old 06-23-2022, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Are state highway medians public land and able to be legally hunted?

Know of a state highway that has a median thatís 50-100 yards wide for about 4 miles. Heavily brushed and wooded with many large oaks. Have seen a stud of an axis come in and out of there for a while now. Very tempted to crawl up in an oak and try to get him if it would be considered state land that would be legally huntable. I know I should call the GW to ask, but curious as to what the GS has to say firstÖ..

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Old 06-23-2022, 11:07 PM   #2
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Nothing is illegal until you get caught. I wouldn’t bother asking the game warden cause they are going to tell you it’s not legal.
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:11 PM   #3
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If it was legal there would be hunters all over them
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:12 PM   #4
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If it is in East TX. Go for it.
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:14 PM   #5
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Yep, there are some good bucks cruising up and down that I10 median!!!!! Like said above, if it was legal, there would be folks camped out in every other tree!

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Old 06-23-2022, 11:35 PM   #6
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The median is owned by the state of Texas….it is not public land.
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:37 PM   #7
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Are you serious Clark?
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Old 06-23-2022, 11:37 PM   #8
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What could go wrong? Slinging an arrow at an animal when cars are going 80 mph in both directions.


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Old 06-24-2022, 12:07 AM   #9
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Know of a state highway that has a median thatís 50-100 yards wide for about 4 miles. Heavily brushed and wooded with many large oaks. Have seen a stud of an axis come in and out of there for a while now. Very tempted to crawl up in an oak and try to get him if it would be considered state land that would be legally huntable. I know I should call the GW to ask, but curious as to what the GS has to say firstÖ..

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What about where the highway goes over a low spot that is wooded or brush, creek or like wise? Sit up under the bridge or overpass???


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Old 06-24-2022, 12:32 AM   #10
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The median is owned by the state of TexasÖ.it is not public land.
But doesn't that make it "Public" land?



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Old 06-24-2022, 12:52 AM   #11
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But doesn't that make it "Public" land?



Unfortunately no. Itís owned by the state of Texas, which itís its own entity. Itís not owned by the people of the state of Texas

The state of Texas owns a lot more land than people know about.
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Old 06-24-2022, 12:57 AM   #12
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F em, hunt it anyway.
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Old 06-24-2022, 02:10 AM   #13
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Being illegal didn’t stop 278! Just saying.
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Old 06-24-2022, 04:59 AM   #14
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You should call the game warden and ask. I would love to hear the response LOL
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Old 06-24-2022, 05:23 AM   #15
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Old 06-24-2022, 05:26 AM   #16
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Being illegal didnít stop 278! Just saying.
Or border crossings.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:06 AM   #17
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Nothing is illegal until you get caught. I wouldnít bother asking the game warden cause they are going to tell you itís not legal.
Thatís what I was thinking!
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:08 AM   #18
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What about where the highway goes over a low spot that is wooded or brush, creek or like wise? Sit up under the bridge or overpass???


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Old 06-24-2022, 06:09 AM   #19
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But doesn't that make it "Public" land?



Yes, a highway is public land.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:17 AM   #20
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Know of a state highway that has a median that’s 50-100 yards wide for about 4 miles. Heavily brushed and wooded with many large oaks. Have seen a stud of an axis come in and out of there for a while now. Very tempted to crawl up in an oak and try to get him if it would be considered state land that would be legally huntable. I know I should call the GW to ask, but curious as to what the GS has to say first…..

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code:

Sec. 62.0031. HUNTING FROM PUBLIC ROAD OR RIGHT-OF-WAY PROHIBITED. (a) Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (c), a person may not hunt a wild animal or bird when the person is on a public road or right-of-way.

Sections (b) and (c) applies to the trapping or capture of raptors and reptiles.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:28 AM   #21
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Only ticket I've ever received from a GW was for shooting dove over what he said was a public road. This was a single lane dirt road with grass growing between the tire ruts.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:33 AM   #22
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UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES
It is UNLAWFUL to:
• knowingly discharge a firearm causing a projectile to cross
a property line, unless the person owns both sides of the
property line or has obtained written permission from the
owner of any land crossed by the projectile.
• discharge a firearm on or across a public road or hunt from
public roads

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Old 06-24-2022, 06:35 AM   #23
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Iíve seen some of yalls shooting and thatís just asking for trouble!
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:40 AM   #24
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Just remember there are other hunters in there like me so know your target.

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Know of a state highway that has a median thatís 50-100 yards wide for about 4 miles. Heavily brushed and wooded with many large oaks. Have seen a stud of an axis come in and out of there for a while now. Very tempted to crawl up in an oak and try to get him if it would be considered state land that would be legally huntable. I know I should call the GW to ask, but curious as to what the GS has to say firstÖ..

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Old 06-24-2022, 06:40 AM   #25
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OP, I hope you just hoping for some great responses!
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:43 AM   #26
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Hundreds of LEO can’t even stop an untrained school shooter much less a professional hunter.
I’ve been hunting highway medians for over forty years. Most of the good ones are outside of Texas.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:48 AM   #27
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I’ve found that your local city park is much more productive. Give it a try
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:50 AM   #28
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There is always a “Karen” at city parks. If you can find a quickie mart or Loves that butts up to public land to park at even better.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:55 AM   #29
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UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES
It is UNLAWFUL to:
ē knowingly discharge a firearm causing a projectile to cross
a property line, unless the person owns both sides of the
property line or has obtained written permission from the
owner of any land crossed by the projectile.
ē discharge a firearm on or across a public road or hunt from
public roads
Heís going to be slinging arrows.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:00 AM   #30
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If you are just going to stay in Texas and you are serious about this, get a white work truck and apply Texas Agrilife decals on it. Keep some road cones around too.

I went the small white truck route with removable magnetic signs, AgriLife, AT&T, DOT, and others.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:02 AM   #31
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I say do it and make sure you post a "live hunt" thread

Bet it will get Michael a lot of site traffic and in return some more income for the site

If you get caught I bet Larry could design an awesome shirt in either black and white stripes or bright orange to commemorate the event
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:05 AM   #32
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Hide in plain sight and you’ll be just fine.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:13 AM   #33
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I do a lot of illegal stuff, but hunting medians isnít one of them.


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Old 06-24-2022, 07:24 AM   #34
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Let me know how it works out. Got a TXDOT detention pond that holds lots of ducks I'd like to hunt
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:29 AM   #35
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If you are just going to stay in Texas and you are serious about this, get a white work truck and apply Texas Agrilife decals on it. Keep some road cones around too.

I went the small white truck route with removable magnetic signs, AgriLife, AT&T, DOT, and others.
No joke right here. Some guys stole a Harris County Pollution Control truck, parked it in the ditch in front of our building, turned on the hazard lights, and were cutting our fence to break in. Broad daylight and cars all over. No one paid attention.

Looking official will take care of 99% of your problems.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:30 AM   #36
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If it is in East TX. Go for it.
You better not. That is a private lease and will surely have posted signs somewhere.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:33 AM   #37
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Letís assume the median is hunted and the hunter successfully takes a axis Buck by archery means and 1: Has used a arrow shot from a compound bow so not legally a ďfirearmĒ. 2: The projectile (arrow/broadhead) never crossed public road or exited the animal. 3. The Axis Buck ran within the confines of the wooded median and expired there in.

What law has been broken? I think this is the same question from the op.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:35 AM   #38
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Well strike this off my list of things I'd thought I'd never see a TBHer post about....
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:38 AM   #39
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Letís assume the median is hunted and the hunter successfully takes a axis Buck by archery means and 1: Has used a arrow shot from a compound bow so not legally a ďfirearmĒ. 2: The projectile (arrow/broadhead) never crossed public road or exited the animal. 3. The Axis Buck ran within the confines of the wooded median and expired there in.

What law has been broken? I think this is the same question from the op.
It's treated the same as hunting on private land without permission. The state (TXDOT) is considered a private entity that owns the land, the public does not. You can argue all day that "we pay taxes therefore it's ours" but that's not how it works.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:42 AM   #40
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This is a violation of the primary rule, “don’t get caught”.

I usually use a 243 handi rifle with a pistol grip and now the CVA version of the same. A few of them I leave at the locations. Put your stands up in the summer and leave them forever. Use screw in steps.

Its too easy to get access by permission to private land for small game like ducks, squirrels, and such.

I’d probably trap the ducks in the pond mentioned or it will draw attention.

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Let’s assume the median is hunted and the hunter successfully takes a axis Buck by archery means and 1: Has used a arrow shot from a compound bow so not legally a “firearm”. 2: The projectile (arrow/broadhead) never crossed public road or exited the animal. 3. The Axis Buck ran within the confines of the wooded median and expired there in.

What law has been broken? I think this is the same question from the op.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:48 AM   #41
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Hopefully thereís a Walmart close by to clean that bad boy at after you stick him!!
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:53 AM   #42
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Hopefully there’s a Walmart close by to clean that bad boy at after you stick him!!
Thats funny to me because while not usually the case in Texas, if you can make it to Walmart parking lot in Mississippi with a deer in the back, you’ll blend in.

There are some prime hunting opportunities of this type in Mississippi.
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Old 06-24-2022, 08:00 AM   #43
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Do it!!!!
Make sure to use a bowfishing rig so the animal can't get to far. I would tie everything off to the tree with cable though, those Axis are strong.
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Letís assume the median is hunted and the hunter successfully takes a axis Buck by archery means and 1: Has used a arrow shot from a compound bow so not legally a ďfirearmĒ. 2: The projectile (arrow/broadhead) never crossed public road or exited the animal. 3. The Axis Buck ran within the confines of the wooded median and expired there in.

What law has been broken? I think this is the same question from the op.
See post #20.
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Old 06-24-2022, 06:59 PM   #45
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Just go for it and post the LDPs. Remember without pictures it didn’t happen. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:20 PM   #46
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Owned by the State of Tx but not “public” land. That would be like just walking in any WMA or goto any state land and hunting. State owns a lot of land that is limited access
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:20 PM   #47
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:33 PM   #48
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I can't believe this question is posted.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:36 PM   #49
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Just have a friend of a friend’s friend make a call to divert authorities when needed.

I really thought about publishing a PDF pamphlet on the subject.

Remember, LEO’s can’t even outsmart a school shooter.
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Old 06-24-2022, 07:39 PM   #50
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As long as its strictly axis hand corn the place, and go in at night, should be a lot less traffic and a lot cooler this time of year.
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