If your neighbor's 1 acre is within your "safety zone" and they do not have authorization to hunt with a rifle, they are in violation of the rules. They appear to have the right to hunt their tiny land if they are bowhunting on their own property. However, if you are a firearm hunter and enter their property, they could be prosecuted for harassment if they report you to management.
The only way to legally hunt small parcels of land is if you have permission from the landowner to do so. If you don't know whether or not you have permission, you shouldn't be on the land. You might get arrested by law enforcement if you are found on private property without permission.
Hunters need to understand that all land is owned by someone - even if it's just an old fence line or piece of waste land being used as a fire break. Unless you have been given written permission to hunt the land, you should never go there. Even if the owner seems like they are okay with you being there, this doesn't mean that they have authorized you to hunt on it.
Landowners may seem like they are letting hunters use their land, but this isn't always the case. Some landowners may even offer incentives such as free food or drinks, use of their shooting range, or other types of deals in order to get people to come onto their property.
"You must obtain permission from the landowner." You cannot hunt in a development on lots of 10 acres or less in an unincorporated section of a county if the commissioners court has prohibited the use of a firearm. You can hunt on acreages larger than that as long as the land is not within the boundaries of a municipality or county-owned park.
In addition to getting permission from the landowner, you also need a license for hunting. Licenses are free but license tags are not. Tags cost $20 for deer and $50 for big game.
Texas is divided into management units (MU) where hunting is allowed. Each MU has its own regulations regarding when and how much hunting may take place. The size of the MU depends on the area it covers. MUs include both public and private property. On private property, the owner or someone with permission from the owner can decide what kind of hunting will take place. On federal lands such as national parks and forests, special rules apply because of the need to protect endangered species and manage wildlife populations. Federal agencies that manage these areas set their own guidelines for hunting.
The amount of land needed for hunting varies depending on whether you want to go hunting alone or with others. If you plan to hunt alone, you need at least 150 acres. This amount of land can be split up among several MUs.
You are not permitted to hunt with a rifle within 150 yards of a dwelling. It is 50 yards with archery. The slips must be accompanied with written authorization stating the start and end dates of the permission period. The signature phone number of the proprietor or lessee of the property should also be included.
In some states, such as Maryland, you can only use a cross-bow from inside your own property. They are very difficult to control once they get going so if this applies to you then it's best not to shoot them.
It's illegal to hunt with a firearm in some cities including New York City and Los Angeles. Be sure to check local laws before heading out.
The distance that you can hunt depends on the state law. In some states, such as South Carolina, you can hunt up to 500 yards away from the residence while others limit you to only 100 yards. Check with your local game officials to find out the legal limit in your area.
Many people think that hunting requires a lot of money. This is not true at all! You can go hunting for a day without having to spend a lot. If you want to go big game hunting then you will need to spend more but even small animals can be fun to hunt if you know what looks good food for dinner.
Any hunter who wishes to hunt on private land, regardless of season or hunting method (such as firearms, bows and arrows, or traps), must first obtain written permission from the landowner. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has this permit form (see Resources). A license is required for all hunters 16 years of age or older.
In order to protect the interests of landowners and promote public access to lands outside city limits, several states allow hunters to hunt on private lands if those lands are not owned by a commercial enterprise. Such lands may include farms, ranches, forests, and other non-urban areas.
Hunters must comply with all local laws while on private property. If they violate any rules or regulations, the owner may ask them to leave. If the hunters do not comply, they could be issued a trespass notice by the landowner's attorney. In that case, the hunters would be prohibited from returning to the property.
Landowners can request exclusive use of their land for hunting purposes by contacting local county offices of the natural resources department or state wildlife agencies. These departments will prepare an "hunting rights agreement" which specifies how much land may be hunted annually and what methods may be used (such as firearms, bows and arrows, or traps). The agreement should be signed by both the landowner and hunter.