About Texas

At 261,797 square miles, Texas is second only to Alaska in size. Possessing enormous natural resources, Texas is a major agricultural state and an industrial giant, leading all other states in such categories as oil, cattle, sheep, and cotton. Most hunting in Texas is done on private land, primarily on large ranches that may be leased by outfitters or individuals, or hunted with the permission of the landowner.

Texans are avid and enthusiastic hunters. The state is particularly famous for its large-antlered white-tailed deer, but hunters can also pursue alligators, javelinas, wild pigs, mule deer, pronghorn, squirrels, turkeys, waterfowl, and upland birds, especially quail.

Texas has hundreds of lakes available for fishing, and each is known for something different, from largemouth bass and catfish to crappie and alligator gar.

As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the agriculture industry. The Lone Star State leads the nation in total number of farms and ranches, with more than 245,000 operations averaging 530 acres in size. Together, this land spans more than 130 million acres. Texas farmers keep the family tradition alive, with nearly 99 percent of Texas farms and ranches being family farms, partnerships or family-held corporations. Texas agriculture’s total economic impact reaches $115 billion annually, and one out of every seven Texans works in an agriculture-related job.

Some of the state’s top commodities include cattle and calves, cotton and dairy products. The goods are produced and exported across Texas, the nation and world.

Fun Facts

  • Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
  • More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
  • Athens, Texas claims to be the birthplace of the hamburger
  • Texas was once its own country.
  • “Don’t mess with Texas” originated as part of an anti-littering campaign.
  • Pepper originally hails from Texas.
  • Frozen margaritas were invented in Texas