Does anyone know the laws as far as hunting geese in the marsh? Does the state own the land? Is it trespassing? I am wanting to hunt around the Chocolate Bay area, but dont want to break any laws...
The game warden I spoke to told me the law - but it seemed he didn't really agree with it - I am sure he would enforce it though since it is his job to do so...How can anyone own land that is under public water? You can float above it, but if your foot touches bottom you are tresspassing? Ridiculous! If the game wardens are saying than than the government in Texas has really lost it's mind. It seems that all of our game laws are there for one purpose....to protect the land owner and their ability to generate revenue from selling hunts on their property. No offense to the wardens. They are just doing their jobs.
The bayou wasn't dredged...it was there when the Caranchuas hunted and fished it...not trying to be a smart arse - just kind of strange that if I am wading the bayou (which I have done on some of the mudflats) I am trespassing...It is simple. The land was purchased before the ICW was dredged and has become submerged after the fact. This isnt state law it is in the Bill Of Rights.
Wrong. if you can get a boat in there it is navigable "in fact". even if you can't it may be navigable "in statute" or in accordance with a width at the mouth, etc.unless they are "navigable" which is a legal art term...just because you can get a little boat in there doesnt mean navigable.. I don't have the definition handy, but the General Land Office knows where the state owns and where the landowner owns.
I just got a headachethe state own allthe land under the water of the bay complex at chocolate bayou and the law is your allowed too hunt and stand in the water or tidal marsh as long as the tide can fill up the grass you are hunting in you are legal but there are places in chocolate bayou thet i owned and private property but as long as you are in the water or hunting the marsh that is considered tidal water youare leagl now if you head down towards the bass drop area the laws change alligator lake and salt lake are own federaly and you can only hunt there out of the boat but there are places there in bass drop you can hunt and walk accross the property too get too the ponds too hunt and you can hunt off the property or standi8ng in the watet just call me if you have any questions i have talked too the state gamewarden that is around in the area and gave me a map of whats legal and not you can look it up if you go too brazoria wild life refuge public hunting property and google it and you should be able too find a map showing where you can hunt rather its in a boat or in the water my cell is 832 226 3716 i can show you around the bay if you would like