Teach me about Varminting!!!

CJGarza

Member
Sep 6, 2008
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San Antonio
I have seen the youtube videos and seen the pics online! I have decided that the way to get into hunting for me will be varminting. Seeing as it is apparently year round and you can use whatever I have.

Or am I wrong?

A few questions:
1) Where can I go to get me some critters? I'm not really particular, after all I want to learn (last time I was on a hunt I was 10 in Mexico chasing Coyotes).
2) Is it true I can use any firearm?
3) Do I need a license?
4) What animals are considered Varmints other than Pigs and Coyotes?
5) What recommendations do the Texas-hunting-Gurus here have for the hunting noob (i.e. me)?

Any and all wisdom and experience will be appreciated!!
 

Texas1911

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May 29, 2017
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As far as I know there are no restrictions beyond local ordinances (ie. shooting on private land requiring set acreage).

Pigs and coyotes are the usual game. I'd flick through the Texas Parks and Wildlife site to check up what is endangered in your area as well.
 

carneyman

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Feb 23, 2008
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Tyler
A little bit of an old thread, but head to west Texas and shoot ya some prairie dogs...they are a nuisance. Of course, check with the land owner first, but from my experience they are always happy to get rid of them, so long as the shooter is responsible and doesn't do any damage.
 

CJGarza

Member
Sep 6, 2008
76
16
San Antonio
Thanks for the tips guys! I really have an "itch" for Coyote hunting right now. I still want to find some decent glass for my AR but my brother has graciously offered to use my Mosin Nagant 91/30 "ex-Dragoon" to assist! Imagine us: one guy with an AR15 and another with this gigantic Soviet WWII looking for yotes.

Has anyone done Varminting in Seguin? My employer has a lease there and says there are lots of Hogs for shooting. Not as cool as Coyotes, but what the hell, I gotta learn on somthing , right?
 

Hoji

Bowling-Pin Commando
May 28, 2008
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Thanks for the tips guys! I really have an "itch" for Coyote hunting right now. I still want to find some decent glass for my AR but my brother has graciously offered to use my Mosin Nagant 91/30 "ex-Dragoon" to assist! Imagine us: one guy with an AR15 and another with this gigantic Soviet WWII looking for yotes.

Has anyone done Varminting in Seguin? My employer has a lease there and says there are lots of Hogs for shooting. Not as cool as Coyotes, but what the hell, I gotta learn on somthing , right?

Go for the hogs. The coyotes are harmless{99% of the time} and contribute to the balance of the ecosystem. The hogs do nothing but disrupt. {and they are quite tasty}
 

JoeinTX

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Aug 17, 2008
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Prairie dog hunting is some of the absolute best shooting and positive hunting one can do.

Learning to lob-off a prairie dog poking his head up at 100 yards is great for marksmanship. Prairie dogs are very destructive creatures that can strip a piece of given property of vegetation and litter it with holes and berms in little or no time if left to be. An unchecked prairie dog town can strip a pasture of notable vegetation, leave it pock-marked with holes, and populate to repeat the same at an increasing rate. Various methods have been tried in Texas to reign in the prairie dog populations........poisoning, etc....but none have proven more effective than hunting pressure.

In the past, not sure about today, but many west Texas landowners have been receptive to varmint hunters willing to spend time and money just for the experience.

Coyotes are slightly different. In years past one would expend the firepower of whatever weapon at hand on them as they were the number one enemy of game species you would try to cultivate. Recently, as the hog population has expanded, many are trying to use the coyote as a weapon against the hog and backing-off of them hoping they'll make runs at the young hog population.
 

carneyman

Active Member
Feb 23, 2008
304
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Tyler
Prairie dog hunting is some of the absolute best shooting and positive hunting one can do.

Learning to lob-off a prairie dog poking his head up at 100 yards is great for marksmanship. Prairie dogs are very destructive creatures that can strip a piece of given property of vegetation and litter it with holes and berms in little or no time if left to be. An unchecked prairie dog town can strip a pasture of notable vegetation, leave it pock-marked with holes, and populate to repeat the same at an increasing rate. Various methods have been tried in Texas to reign in the prairie dog populations........poisoning, etc....but none have proven more effective than hunting pressure.

In the past, not sure about today, but many west Texas landowners have been receptive to varmint hunters willing to spend time and money just for the experience.
Agreed. Our neighbor had a huge town right next to us. They would come over and completely destroy several acres of corn. We tried everything...shooting, diesel (back when it was cheap), propane guns (very fun, but probably not too effective), and poison...then the plague came and took care of them. Out of the many, many thousands that were there, there are maybe a few hundred left.
 

CJGarza

Member
Sep 6, 2008
76
16
San Antonio
Prarie dogs, now that sounds fun!!

How exactly does one look for a place to go and exterminate these pests? are there ads in the paper? Or the net?
 

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