Hunting Tx. Rivers

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Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby duckm4n » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:40 pm

Does anyone know the laws pertaining to hunting ducks on public waterways, i.e.rivers? Have seen lots of ducks working up and down rivers, but not sure if they are accessible. And if you can hunt the rivers, can you sit on the bank or is that private property? Any info would be helpful. I have looked on TPWD website, but doesn't quite clearly state the laws. thanks!
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Re: Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby Barney#1 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:54 pm

I have spent countless hours researching this same thing for rivers in my area and have not been able to come up with anything.
Texas is just getting too crowded to hunt rivers anymore and there's a lot of law bs to figure out.
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Re: Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby honestcharlie56 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:55 pm

easiest thing to do is call the game warden, hopefully hes in a good mood and wants to help.
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Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby CJATE » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:00 am

It's slightly just a touch more complicated then " stay in the water". Water public, land not public.
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Re: Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby Specialk512 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:10 am

I do quite a bit of river hunting in various rivers throughout the state.
The way texas reads, the banks of normal floodplain for the river are fair game and public use. You still have to find legal access to the river many places do not allow firearms to be transported through to get to the river.
I have talk to game wardens in many different counties all have been very helpful and telling me where and what access points are legal. Just be courteous when talking to them and make sure they understand that you are just trying to clarify what's legal and what's not before you break the law.
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Re: Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby bubba57 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:25 am

All flowing rivers are considered public waterways, open to public use.
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Re: Hunting Tx. Rivers

Postby duckm4n » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:46 am

i appreciate it specialk, hows ur season been so far? we've been shootin lots of redheads and pintail down pt. lavaca way.
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