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Target shooting on public land

Postby kbriggs » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:13 pm

Is there any state or federal land in Texas where you can go target shooting or plinking without advanced permission? I watch NutNFancy's YouTube channel where he often goes to the Utah desert for target shooting. I assume that's federal (BLM) land?

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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby The Annoyed Man » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:40 pm

This is a map of all federally owned land in the US, which would include BLM land. There isn’t that much in Texas:
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Per this map, about 1% of Texas land is federally owned:
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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby Beiruty » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:22 pm

kbriggs wrote:Is there any state or federal land in Texas where you can go target shooting or plinking without advanced permission? I watch NutNFancy's YouTube channel where he often goes to the Utah desert for target shooting. I assume that's federal (BLM) land?


It is too tough if not available in Texas to find public land to target shoot on it.
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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby Piney » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:56 am

Years back in East Texas, the various paper companies had sections of land they designated as "usable" for camping, hunting etc. These parcels rotated. One could get a good set of maps.

We spent a lot of time out on these lands over the years past. However, I believe these lands were turned over to the TP&W for management and are now called Type II lands. Anyone use these and know the specifics on their current accessibility and use ?

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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby Liberty » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:13 am

Beaches in Texas are considered State owned public land. I think if you are in an unincorporated area, and are far enough away from buildings and roads, It should be legal to shoot there, I haven't worked up the courage myself to try it out though.
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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby oohrah » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:40 am

Liberty wrote:Beaches in Texas are considered State owned public land. I think if you are in an unincorporated area, and are far enough away from buildings and roads, It should be legal to shoot there, I haven't worked up the courage myself to try it out though.

I think this would be OK, especially along Follett's Island north of Seaside, and on Galveston Island to the west. Galveston ordnances says something about prohibiting shotguns only in certain areas, implying other areas OK. I thought that would be a good place to shoot clays.
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Re: Target shooting on public land

Postby mupepe » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:52 am

I called around to various agencies and police departments some years back trying to find out the same thing anywhere near Houston. I got so much conflicting information and non answers that I realized police in each area likely didn’t have a clear understanding of where it would or would not be legal. My assumption is that even if you found somewhere that should technically be legal there is a high chance you’d still have police involvement if someone inevitably calls. I determined it wasn’t worth the hassle and risk.


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