Hunting in Texas
Hunting is an exciting family recreational activity and an important part of the Texas economy. Hunting plays an integral role in the management of Texas wildlife populations.
With more than 913,000 hunters, Texas ranks second in the nation for number of people engaged in hunting. Those hunters spent 1.3 billion dollars for hunting in Texas in 1996, according to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation, conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1996.
Texas hunters spent more than 17 million days at this popular sport. Since the 1930's, hunters have funded the bulk of wildlife conservation efforts in Texas through the Wildlife Restoration Program, and continue to do so today. We invite you to read on and learn more about the tremendous hunting opportunities available in the Lone Star State.
Hunting in Texas is provided through two popular methods - private hunting leases and public hunting programs.
To learn about the rules and regulations for Texas hunting, see the 2005-2006 Outdoor Annual: Hunting and Fishing Regulations.
TPWD Public Hunting Program
Check out these popular hunting opportunities:
- Public Hunting and Access to Texas Parks and Wildlife Lands
- Public Hunting Lands: General Information
Since 97% of Texas is privately owned, the use of lease agreements with private landowners is a very popular means of access to hunting. Some ways of obtaining private hunting leases include:
- review of the classified advertising sections in major Texas newspapers
- call the Chamber(s) of Commerce in towns near the area(s) you wish to hunt
- visit local feed and sporting goods stores in local towns or communities near hunting areas
- subscribe to hunting lease magazines or contact guides and outfitters