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Unread 05-02-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Shelton, Ct
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Default Hunting in West Texas

I'm from the blue, high tax, big government state of Connecticut and I need to get out of here. I need a red, low tax, small government state like Texas. Nobody ever says they are from Connecticut with any pride but they do in Texas, I like that.

I'm looking to relocate to west Texas. I dont mind heat, cold and snow but I hate humidity so I'm looking at the surrounding areas of Amarillo, Lubbock and Abilene.

I've learned alot on this forum and would like to know about the hunting and fishing in those areas and other outdoor activities like camping, etc. Is one area better than another for hunting whitetail, turkey, hogs? Are there public hunting grounds in those areas or is it mostly private? Any info would be appreaciated.
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Unread 05-02-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I don't hunt or fish, but my father is an avid outdoorsman, so I do know some about it. I would rank the cities in level of outdoor activity as Abilene, Amarillo, and then Lubbock. Abilene has the best scenery, being surrounded by rolling prairie and mesas. Abilene is close to several lakes, and there is good mountain biking and hunting in the "mesa range" (I don't know exactly what it is called) to the south. Amarillo and Lubbock are surrounded by farmland, but there are deer off of the Caprock Escarpment. Amarillo is close to Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the US. Lake Alan Henry is near Lubbock and supposedly has good bass fishing. I don't think there are any public hunting grounds, but all you have to do is befriend someone who has a hunting lease. It is also easy to make weekend trips to the Big Bend area and Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico (Lubbock is the closest to those destinations) or even Colorado (Amarillo obviously the closest).
http://www.palodurocanyon.com/
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caprock_canyons/
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...parks/abilene/

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Unread 05-03-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I would pick Abilene!
Listen to "West Texas Holiday" by Texas singer-songwriter guru Pat Green....all about hunting in Abilene!
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Unread 05-03-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Almost all of the hunting in Texas is on private/lease land. TxPWD occasioanlly lets hunters on its land, but the opportunities are VERY few and far between. Leases vary in price depending on how good the hunting is, and how close they are to major metro areas.
Abilene will have MUCH better hunting than Amarillo. The BEST deer hunting in Texas is on the Edwards Plateau, which is centered at Rocksprings, TX. Between Rocksprings and Llano is HUGE deer hunting country!
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Unread 05-03-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Shelton, Ct
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Almost all of the hunting in Texas is on private/lease land. TxPWD occasioanlly lets hunters on its land, but the opportunities are VERY few and far between. Leases vary in price depending on how good the hunting is, and how close they are to major metro areas.
Abilene will have MUCH better hunting than Amarillo. The BEST deer hunting in Texas is on the Edwards Plateau, which is centered at Rocksprings, TX. Between Rocksprings and Llano is HUGE deer hunting country!

Thanks Christie. That is good information, I wasnt aware of that.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 04:16 AM
 
Location: T E X A S
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South of Abilene is nice for hunting in West Texas (Bronte area).
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Unread 05-04-2009, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Texas
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you can hunt on post (on the military posts/bases)...i hunted at Ft Stewart GA when i lived there, and here i have hunting on post at Ft Hood....they even have guided hunts! and yes it is for the public, not just active duty military and dependents.
Abilene has Dyess AFB (Air Force Base)..dont know if they have hunting, as it is not as big of a military installation. Ft Hood is the largest in the world!
central Texas is a great place for hunting.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I would agree with Abeline being the best of the three you mentioned. My friends live on a country road outside of Plainview (between Amarillo and Lubbock) and they have hunters who come around their land during quail season, but much of the land is private or agricultural. Love West Texas though. Heck, love Texas!
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Unread 05-04-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I agree with Abilene being the better of the three. Hunting is a big industry in the Abilene area.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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San Angelo is nice too for deer and turkey.

Really, depends. There's lots of good bird hunting like quail and dove in central-west-south Texas but the best duck hunting is east Texas and the Texas Coast.

Then, there's alot of free range exotics in the hill country and parts of west Texas like Blackbuck, Axis, Fallow, and Aoudad.

I've hunted along the Canadian River in the panhandle and that's real good whitetail country.
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