Public land in Texas to shoot?

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    XDguru

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    Hi guys, I am new to shooting and was wondering if anyone in Texas knows of a place to go shoot for free. Is there any public land near Dallas Fort Worth that someone could go shoot on? I want to be able to practice different distances and focus on techniques while taking my time and having little distractions. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I would love to know somebody that owns land :)

     
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    There's a couple of us up in Princeton and elsewhere north of McKinney that have some land. I'll be moving onto 10 acres at the end of the year and plan to setup a small range.
     
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    though with the cost of gas driving from Ft. Worth to Princeton, you've probably spent as much as you would on range fees. :p
     
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    Yeah same here. I'm in the rhome Decatur area. My closest is Tyler
     
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    What has the land done to you?:D
     
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    Texas does not have a whole lot of public land for as big as it is.. It's mostly private, city or state owned.
     
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    All I have is two acres. People around me have said its legal to shoot on my property in wise county but I'm just not sure if That's true. I thought you had to have at least 10 acres. If I did tho it'd just be plinking with a 22. Would be worried anything bigger could be too risky.
     
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    Honestly It's really not about $ so a drive would not be bad :) It's more about being able to do more, shoot more and have more freedom to say practice rapid fire or shots from different positions. I'm in Haslet which is north of Ft. Worth. Really I would love to come shoot :)
     
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    ^ dude ur not far from me. I'm in new fairview. 407 and 287. I usually hit up shoot smart. Going sat or sun. You or we find something close that would be niiice.
     
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    ^ dude ur not far from me. I'm in new fairview. 407 and 287. I usually hit up shoot smart. Going sat or sun. You or we find something close that would be niiice.
     
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    You need to get a Texas Gun Laws handbook. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to shoot on 2 acres. 2 Acres is not that big.

    I believe the minimum is 10 acres. I'll have to double check.
     
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    No, min. is based on county population density. Around me, its 10, next county over is 5.
     
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    ^^^^In my research I just read it is county to county. It could be a 2 acre minimum based on the county and population. Next county over could b 5 or 10.
     
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    @petyweestraw, man you are like 10-15 min drive from me in fact shoot smart is like right near me! Do you ever go to Quail Creek outdoor range? Its off of 1171 and 35W one ext past the Texas Motor Speedway. We should get together and shoot sometime. And yes in Wise county you can shoot on 2 acres as long as you have a good back stop.

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    Q: Is it legal to shoot firearms on my property in the county?
    A: As long as it is done safely, there are no firearm ordinances or restrictions in the county. City ordinances may vary.
     
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    No never been there or knew of it. Im new to the whole range thing. Currently all I own is the xd .40 sc I just bought. Now my collection will grow as fast as muh cash flow allows lol. Would like to check it out for sure. Im looking to get a old 30-06 from a guy at work so an outdoor range would be a good place for it.
     

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