Does anyone have any information on Duck Hunting the Trinity River in Texas? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
I've never hunted it myself, but I've heard that it can be really good in the right spots. As with all river hunting, advance scouting is key (keeping in mind the water levels will fluctuate greatly).
Also, in Texas if you are hunting a river, remember that you must be hunting from a floating boat. Only the water itself is public property - the land on both banks AND the river bottom itself are private property (ie. you're trespassing if you beach the boat).
Unless things have changed recently, this is not necessarily true. The river bottoms of many, if not most rivers in Texas, particularly if the mouth of the river is over 30 feet wide, is public property. Exceptions may be land originally deeded from Spain and Mexico that can privatize the river bottoms also.
Hunting public river bottoms below the cut bank, is perfectly legal in many cases, again unless things have changed recently. To be sure you should check with your local game warden.
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Great website. And one I should have known first.
I wish it would have addressed the issue of recovering game from private land that was legally shot on the public waterway (always a sticky issue).
What I do in practice is: a) send my dog if it's a 'normal' retrieve (I stay in the boat)
b) get out and look WITHOUT my gun. Possibily still tresspass, but the rules are different without a firearm (not to mention it makes the landowner less wary if you're unarmed).
There is some really good hunting on the Trinity river right where it comes into lake Livingston. They call it the white rock creek area, and me and a buddy of mine hunted it almost exclusively for 3 years and almost allways had some great action. Lots of teal and mallards also shot some great bull sprigs.
Where is it you're hunting on trinity? I hunt the lower trinity
And there is plenty of public land down here with good bird numbers
But one thing I can tell you is watch the weather and tide when hunting the backwaters. Because
When a northern blows in the water blows out or even just a good north wind
Duck Hunting on the north part of Lake Livingston has really turned off the past few years. four or five years ago it was amazing. I've been hunting north of the 19 bridge up by riverside and been doing well. The guides have even had trouble keeping people on birds south of there. Rob's flats and the jungle have been a bust for two years now. frustrating when you build a blind there and never see any birds. Little rob's flats did ok, and white rock you will have good and bad days. Lake Livingston has been way over hunted the past few years. too much sky blasting and guys running around in air boats at shooting time.