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Forums >> Texas Hunting >> Texas Public Hunting Land >> Davy Crockett National Forest

Davy Crockett National Forest


givtu writes about Davy Crockett National Forest
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Harris county

Hi, my name's George and I'm new to this forum. I was interested in deer hunting in Davy Crockett NF and according to the tpwd public hunting lands book, only a small part of the national forest is open for deer hunting, just the Alabama Creek WMA. Am I reading that right that?
I can't seem to find anything definitive other than the book. Thanks!

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RE: Davy Crockett National Forest


givtu writes about
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Harris county

Ok, I called the forest service who told me you can hunt anywhere in the national forest as long as you are not within 150 yards of a recreation area or road.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I have gathered doing research on TPWD's website, as it pertains to General Season in Davy Crockett national forest (Houston County):

  • Antlerless deer (spike or doe) can only be taken by permit. To obtain a permit, you must apply for one by Sept. 30 and be selected by random drawing.
  • You can't harvest more than 2 bucks and 2 antlerless total, including archery, muzzleloader, and general season combined. There is no daily bag limit.
  • You can only take a buck if it has one unbranched antler or if it has an inside spread 13" or greater.
  • You can only take ONE buck with an inside spread of 13" or greater, so by inference,  your second buck (if you're lucky enough to get one) can only be one with an unbranched antler.
  • Unless you get selected for an antlerless permit, the maximum number of deer you can harvest is 2 bucks; either 1 unbranched & 1 w/13" rack or 2 unbranched.
  • A special permit is required (Public Hunting Land Permit: $48) to hunt the Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area in Davy Crockett NF (Trinity County).
  • One of the advantages of hunting a WMA is the forestry service takes special care of these areas and manages them to provide and promote good habitat for wildlife. Antler restrictions for Trinity County apply to the WMA as well.
  • Blaze orange gear is required in all areas of the National Forest and WMA.

Thanks, and hopefully there's someone who can benefit from this information or correct my research so I can benefit from it.

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