Annual Public Hunting Permit- Texas Parks & Wildlife-[Official]

Annual Public Hunting Permit- Texas Parks & Wildlife-[Official]

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(music) [Narration]
Although 95% of the land in Texas is privately owned there are over a million acres that
hunters can access by purchasing an Annual Public Hunting Permit. [David Veale]
This is a program by which the department goes out and leases private lands for public
hunting. We pay the landowners a lease fee and then they allow the folks that do purchase
an Public Hunting permit to come out on the property and hunt a variety of game animals. (gunshot) [Narration]
The Annual Public Hunting Permit costs forty-eight dollars and can be purchased when you buy
your hunting license at a retailer or online at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. [David Veale]
Well once you’ve bought an Annual Public Hunting permit you will receive a map booklet showing
you all the locations that you are eligible to hunt with an APH. If you buy your APH at
a regional law enforcement office through the Game Wardens they may have books in stock
for you to take with them. Likewise if you go to headquarters but most license locations
are not going to have these books in stock. They’re going to be mailed to you about two
weeks after you buy your permit so that’s a good reason to go ahead and get your permit
early, that way you’re not waiting on that booklet to get there in order to see where
you can hunt. [Narration]
Annual Public hunting permits go on sale August 15. The maps of leases are also available
then for viewing online. Most of the private land leases are for hunting mourning and white-wing
dove, along with other small game. Some wildlife management areas, state parks and long term
leases are also included in the program. The map for each site will have additional location
specific notices and rules that are unique to that hunt area as well as a text box that
delineates what species can be hunted. At some locations, APH permit holders can also
hunt big game such as deer and feral hogs. It just depends on the location.
This program is walk-in, do-it-yourself hunting. The Annual Public Hunting Permit gives legal
access, the rest is up to the hunter. [David Veale]
Well, the trick on any of the Public Hunting areas is you either need to get there earlier
than everybody else or you need to walk farther than everybody else. You know, unfortunately
that’s the name of the game when you have something open to the public, first come,
first served, as many of our public hunting areas are, it really pays to scout and to
have some locations picked out that you feel would be good to sit in. But have some back-ups,
too. So you want to be polite, you don’t want to crowd somebody. In a dove hunting situation
I would probably want to be at least a hundred, hundred and fifty yards from somebody else
sitting out there. [Narration]
Remember, access to many of these properties are purchased from private landowners and
as a good steward of the natural resources of Texas it is important to leave the area
better than you found it. For more information go to the Annual Hunting
Permit page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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  1. Yeah because everyone has two hours to drive and scout public land after work..just to go out there on the weekend and be shoulder to shoulder with everyone

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