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Hunting and fishing in Texas ranks with the best in America. The variety of what you can hunt and catch is huge and abundant. Fisherman can toss their lines at more than 5,175 square miles of inland freshwater creeks, lakes and rivers, in addition to dozens of tidal bays and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Freshwater fish include black bass (smallmouth, largemouth, Guadalupe & spotted bass), bluegill, crappie, sunfish, white and sand bass, striped bass and catfish, including channel, blue and flathead yellow catfish.

Along the Gulf Coast some 250 different species await your hook. The most popular are redfish, speckled trout, Spanish and King mackerel, wahoo, bonito, tuna, sailfish, marlin, pompano, flounder, grouper, jewfish, red snapper, drum and sheepshead.

Game birds include a big variety of migratory waterfowl that winter in Texas, plus wild turkeys, blue and bobwhite quail, mourning, white-tipped and white-winged doves, pheasants, prairie chickens, chachalacas and sandhill cranes.

The most sought after Texas game animal is the white-tailed deer, found pretty much all over Texas, but is most heavily seen in the Central Texas Hill Country. Mule deer and pronghorns are found in West Texas and the Panhandle. Other huntable animals include feral hogs, squirrels and javelinas.

Hunting in Texas can be very successful, though it requires some special arrangements for non-residents. Texas has three large areas of public lands, in the form of National Forests, in the eastern part of Texas that is freely accessible for hunting.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers a variety of public hunting on more than one million acres of land under its control in which hunters may participate through the purchase of an annual permit, a daily permit, or selection in a drawing.

Public hunting information is available from the Parks & Wildlife Department. You can call toll-free in Texas 800.792.1112 or 512.389.4505 for non-residents.


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