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Any Forest Service, BLM, or other Public land to shoot in DFW?

Discussion in 'Dallas & Fort Worth' started by RaggedHole, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. RaggedHole

    RaggedHole New Member

    Apr 22, 2017
    Any local public land to shoot at around DFW? [BLM, Forest Service, etc.] We had lots of spots up in Washington & Idaho but didn't know if there was anything locally down here in the great state of Texas. Thanks!

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2017
  2. BooCocky

    BooCocky Brown Button Glutton TGT Supporter

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Texas
    LAnd in Texas is owned by private individuals not the the govt. we believe in limited govt down here and the govt has no business owning millions of acres of land. Buy you some.
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  3. dsgrey

    dsgrey Active Member

    Oct 25, 2015
    Denton County
  4. jeepinbanditrider

    jeepinbanditrider Active Member

    Jun 2, 2011
    Unfortunately Texas has very little public land. Something along the lines of 6 percent, as opposed to western states where 50 percent or more (sometimes a lot more) is public land. I really enjoyed my time stationed in California where I had access to hundreds of thousands of acres to camp, shoot, and drive my Jeep on. But Texas has very little to basically no such land.

    Sorry man.

    Even Texas can get up in people's business pretty deep. I always saw that public land around where I was stationed as being "everybodys" property. Anyone could use it for recreation and enjoy it instead of being stuck on a paved or gravel road between fences at all times with the only access to more is though either gobs of private land, friends with large sections of land or go to a state park and pay even more to use the land in a very limited way. Usually can't shoot at the state parks (Maybe Lake Whitney? Can't remeber) use vehicles off road, motorcycles, camp where you want.

    I'm not saying that our large amount of private owned land is necessarily bad but publicly owned land has it's advantages as well, advantages that I got to experience and take advantage of for many years. Something I pay 300 dollars a year for here (access to a range with a tac bay) I did for free while I was stationed out west.
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  5. equin

    equin Active Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Waxahachie, TX
    Like everyone else said, the overwhelming majority of Texas land is privately owned. Unlike the vast expanses of public lands out West, the percentage of publicly owned land is small here in Texas. Of course, Texas being as large as it is, that small percentage can still be fairly big, like Big Bed National Park. But alas, no shooting is allowed at Big Bend as far as I know, and even if it did allow shooting, it's still a good 9-10 hour drive from DFW.

    Anyway, the only publicly owned land I know of near DFW that allows target shooting is at Unit 3 of the LBJ National Grasslands. And target shooting is limited to shotgun only - so I assume that means you can't even shoot a bow and arrow to go "stump-shooting" as a form of target practice.
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  6. BRD@66

    BRD@66 TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2014
    Liberty Hill
    I understand that BLM does their shooting in downtown Dallas.:green:
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  7. jeepinbanditrider

    jeepinbanditrider Active Member

    Jun 2, 2011
  8. pronstar

    pronstar Well-Known TGT Supporter

    Jul 2, 2017
    The one thing I miss about SoCal, is the vast "open land" for off-roading.

    We'd have groups of 20 or more RVs/toy haulers, all with trucks, buggies, bikes, SxS's, and could run at high speeds for 80 -100 miles in sand washes and pole-line roads. Good times.

    If you've never ran at high speeds off-road in a full-size diesel's effing awesome.
    Takes cubic dollars to do it right, but well worth it.

    Sold all of our toys before we moved here, but there's so many more advantages to living in TX that its just something that we got used to rather quickly.

    Plus the .gov is slowly but surely adding restrictions to how so-called "public land" can be used.

    They're already starting to restrict vehicle use due to "dust abatement".
    In the damned desert.
    Let that sink in for a moment...
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  9. majormadmax

    majormadmax TGT Addict

    Aug 27, 2009
    San Antonio!
    Actually, I am surprised the percentage is that high. I always heard it was around 2%; and either way it was one of the biggest disappointments I felt when we first moved here. People always think of Texas as being large, open areas where one can wander unabated. That's just not the case.

    I don't necessarily agree that it is bad for the government to purchase large tracts of land for public use. Having been to states where that occurs (Alaska, Colorado, etc.) I enjoyed the ability to explore areas whereas here in Texas it will most certainly be fenced in. Plus, we cannot offroad or shoot in most state or national parks.
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  10. Recoil45

    Recoil45 Well-Known

    Feb 13, 2014
    I'm actually blown away that your actually still able to legally eat a steak in CA.

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