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Hi everyone. Where can we go nutria hunting on public land in Texas?

 

I used to read and occasionally contribute to this forum years ago when I had no time to hunt. Now finally re-engaging again. I live in Austin and have a couple of sons who want to get into this now too. We have done some great hog hunting down in Kerrville with Terry Hansen but want to try something a little different.

 

Looking forward to the discussion.

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The corps areas pretty much do not allow hunting for furbearers. Granger and Sam Houston are probably the only two public areas that would allow it. Both are Public Hunting Land Permit WMA areas and have/or had season dates for furbearers and other restrictions. For example Granger says daylight only. The new map book should be out or online at the TPWD website sometime next month. Check the regulations on those when it comes out.

 

That said, if I were you, I would drive around closer to home and knock on doors near any private lakes near you. Nutria are a nusuance and cause major damage to trees, levees, and dams. Knocking on doors with your sons along, you should not have a hard time finding permission.

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BTW, some of Sam Houston National Forest borders on the upper ends of Lake Conroe. I bet there are so many Nutria there you have to beat them off with a stick. <_<

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Nutria are considered fur bearers and you have to have a trappers license to take them. The exception is, you can take one in the course of hunting, but it can not be sold. Of course you must have a valid Texas hunting license. Now a place I got no idea. If you have a farmer/rancher having trouble with them, you acting as an agent can help him out and shoot the as problem animals, which I have seen over in east Texas, but you can not keep any you shoot. Best bet, look it up on the TPWD website.

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Bennie,

It used to be that way, but has since changed. He can take all he wants and no trapping license is needed unless they are to be sold. All that is needed is a hunting license.

 

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/huntwild/hunt/fur_bearing/license/

HUNTING

Required to take fur-bearing animals or their pelts during the recreational season. A person taking fur-bearers with a trapper's license is not required to possess a hunting license.

TRAPPER

Required to take fur-bearing animals or their pelts during the commercial harvest season for the purpose of sale. This license also allows a person to take fur-bearing animals. Resident $18.00 Non-resident $300.00

 

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/huntwild/hunt/fur_bearing/general/

RECREATIONAL HARVEST

September 1-August 31

Fur-bearing animals taken as a result of recreational harvest may not be sold

No bag or possession limit

COMMERCIAL HARVEST

Nutria: September 1-August 31

Beaver: October 1-May 31

All other furbearers: November 1-March 31

No bag or possession limit

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Hi everyone. Where can we go nutria hunting on public land in Texas?

 

I used to read and occasionally contribute to this forum years ago when I had no time to hunt. Now finally re-engaging again. I live in Austin and have a couple of sons who want to get into this now too. We have done some great hog hunting down in Kerrville with Terry Hansen but want to try something a little different.

 

Looking forward to the discussion.

 

 

 

hersh,

If your still here I ran across this article and remembered this post. Guess they do hunt them. At least in Louisiana.

http://www.johnnfelsher.com/nutriahunt.html

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Posse Members,

 

Anything new on the Nutria scene? Looking for a place to hunt them, and it's been a few years since we discussed this. I would imagine they have spread some since our last exchange in 2010.

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hersh, I just noticed we live in the same town! As I am sure you know the nutria population in Round Rock is at oh around...0 That being said, I used to live on the coast north of Corpus Christi. I duck hunted the bays down that way extensively. I know of a few places that I would see plenty of nutria at in the brackish sloughs of the Nueces river estuary. If you have a mud boat I could give you directions. It would be a long drive and boat ride though just to shoot a few nutria. There must have been plenty of them because I would see a HUGE bull gator in the area often while hunting. I think he enjoyed them.

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