One of the main reasons that there is so much duck hunting land in Texas is that every year, millions of birds from many parts of North American fly south for the winter. Air migratory species such as swans, geese, ducks, and even hummingbirds undertake a very difficult and long journey south to their wintering grounds, such as South America. With ducks and geese, their long, hard trips are even more difficult and dangerous because they are major game birds that hunters love to shoot. Many of the main waterfowl flyways pass over plentiful swamps, lakes, rivers and other Texas land, where ducks find food and rest.
Unlike many other birds and game animals, ducks and geese have excellent vision and color vision, so they are able to pick out movement over land from hundreds of yards in the air. Walking around to duck or goose hunt is not really an option, as they are usually flying high in the sky and often see you before you see them or are a long way off-shore, floating in the water. Although there is plenty of duck hunting land in Texas, ducks are not very curious, so if you are walking around the lake margin hunting ducks, there is very little chance they will come closer to have a look. Most ducks cruising altitude is several hundred yards or more and with geese, it is even higher over Texas or other places, so you need to find an effective way to get the ducks within gun range to shoot.
Duck hunters really need decent duck hunting blinds. There are many types of structures used as duck blinds. On land in Texas and for hunting over water, these duck blinds can be permanent or temporary. They are a very effective way to conceal duck hunters so their movements go unnoticed by the waterfowl. Some hunters make their permanent blinds out of plywood, with a small opening facing the sky and water. Temporary natural blinds made of natural materials and native grasses, lashed together, make an excellent place for hunters to hide. They normally have three sides so circling flocks cannot see the hunters. Temporary blinds are idea for duck hunting land in Texas such as public and private areas, where they often forbid permanent blinds.
Texas is a great place for duck hunting. In fact, hunting duck and other waterfowl is one of the most popular forms of hunting in the state. You’ll find that there is a lot of public duck hunting land, which is probably one of the reasons that the sport is so popular.
Texas also boasts a long duck hunting season, with regular gun season running from late October until the end of January. During these months, you’ll find the best lands filled with hunters each and every weekend, and on many days during the week. Texas has a plentiful duck population, which makes it easy for hunters to get a good catch at nearly every hunting opportunity. However, to keep the duck plentiful, there are bag restrictions when on duck hunting land in Texas.
Most years, the bag restriction on ducks is 5 per person per day, with the following species and sex restrictions – two scaup, two redhead, and two wood duck, only one from the following aggregate bag: one hen mallard, or one pintail, or one canvasback, or one “dusky duck” (mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck, and their hybrids), all other ducks not listed – five. Specific restrictions can change from year to year, so you should check for this years restrictions at the beginning of the season.
Like most other states, Texas has general hunting laws and more specific laws pertaining to certain types of wildlife. Species specific restrictions include such items like bag restrictions and laws surrounding baiting of wildlife. All hunting needs a hunting license. You can buy your license each year, or in some cases, apply for a lifetime license. In general, hunting licenses are not needed for those under the age of 17.
Regulations can vary based on whether you’re on public or private duck hunting land in Texas, so its important to make sure that you know the rules before you go hunting. For example, hunters are not needed to wear fluorescent orange when hunting on privately owned land, though it is recommended. However, 4 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing is needed whenever you’re using Texas public hunting land.
You’ll find few places in the US better for duck hunting than Texas. The climate is generally mild, the hunting regulations are fairly simple and the duck are plentiful. Land in Texas is easy to find and some of the best in the country for duck hunting, whether public or private.
Whether you hunt on duck hunting land in Texas or any other part of the country, make sure your duck hunting license is up to date. Also, know the hunting laws for the area you plan to hunt in.