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Hunting in Texas: Top Spots for Hunting in the Lone Star State

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Hunting in Texas is an outdoorperson's dream come true, and there are some terrific locations to hunt in the Lone Star State.

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With an extensive list of animals that can be taken (more than 40), and some year-round options, this is a state worth visiting for big and small game alike.

There is good hunting statewide, but species densities may differ among the eight hunting regions that span the 261,797 square miles of Texas: the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, Cross Timbers, Edwards Plateau, Post Oak Savannah, Pinewoods, Coastal Prairies and South Texas.

About 95 percent of hunting in Texas happens on private, fenced-in land, according to Field & Stream magazine.

All hunters in Texas must qualify for hunting with education courses, and must also buy a hunting license and, where appropriate, stamps and permits.

Whether you are after deer, doves, turkeys, hogs or javelinas, here are some top spots to visit depending upon species according to Field and Stream

1. If you are looking for deer, the north-central Cross Timbers and Post Oak Savannah regions have high deer populations in the state. Those numbers account for 50 percent of the state's deer population, according to Field & Stream magazine.

2. For those hunters who favor wild turkey, try for the big gobblers on the Edwards Plateau, South Texas, Panhandle, and Cross Timbers.

3. If waterfowl is your aim, the coastal marshes of southeast Texas, the bay flats and the middle and lower coast offer many opportunities for hunting migrating ducks and geese. The grain fields of north Texas are abundant with the birds as well.

4. Dove hunting involves mourning and white wing doves, and is the most popular and productive bird species in Texas. Some of the best opportunities are close to major urban centers such as San Antonio. Dove seasons are set according to zones.

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5. Feral hogs are running wild and ruining farmland. These huge and sometimes dangerous animals can weigh up to 400 pounds. You can find them at Edwards Plateau and in the Piney Woods where hunts are coordinated for you, according to TPW.com. 

6. Javelinas, or the collared peccary, are found in the Rio Grande area of South Texas. You can also find them in the Hill Country and west Texas. These ferocious animals have a poor sense of sight and hearing.

7. If you're after a variety of animals that include small fur-bearing ones such as squirrel and rabbit, try the Angelina National Forrest in Zavalla where deer, hogs, turkey, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, quail and doves can be found.

8. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Sherman offers the same selection as the Angelina National Forest and has a drawing for deer hunts.

9. Try Lake Meredith National Recreational Area in Fritch offers a plethora of pheasant to hunt, and no permit is required. You will also find turkey, dove, quail, pheasant, rabbit, and white-tailed and mule deer.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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