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Dos and don'ts in Texas
< on 5/7/2018 6:58 PM >
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Hi,

I just posted an introduction. I also have a question. In about 2 weeks I go to Texas for a 3 week holiday. It will be one big road trip. I don't have too much time for preparation. So when I find something abandoned it will most likely be by coincidence.

I'm from Europe and know what to do and what not to do here. Of course Texas is something else. What should I definitely not do? If there's a trespasser sign, do I need to be bothered? Can I expect most of the owners or guards will be armed?

Will you recommend that I have my camera in my hand so it's obvious I'm not making graffiti or trying to cause trouble?

When I was in Detroit I learned that an abandoned factory without any graffiti at all is probably guarded. Does it work like that in Texas too?

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Roy






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< Reply # 1 on 5/7/2018 7:46 PM >
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Well, no trespassing signs on an abandoned building means someone cares about it to a certain extent. However, don't let them turn you away! If you are in rural texas or even urban parts of Texas, yes people own guns. There are also castle laws in Texas. If you are exploring buildings on the side of the road, I'm sure you would be fine. If you had to trek 2 miles into someones land that they personally live on I would be worried. And the factory thing, it depends if its rural or urban once again. If it's a rural area, it may just be unknown to most people but there is certainly a possibility that someone lives onsite. In an urban area like Dallas or Houston, I would be inclined to believe it wasn't abandoned if it didn't have any grafitti, broken windows, boards, power etc.

Good luck in texas!

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< Reply # 2 on 5/7/2018 8:47 PM >
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I don't know if there is a clear answer for this.

Texas is big, with the size of Texas you do not only have drastic environmental differences but also differences in the people that inhabit these areas. I'm primarily a rural explorer, so I can't speak to the cities so much. Small towns and country side is my favorite.

Rural South Texas is different in my opinion than rural West or East Texas. I have no experiences in the Northern region. I know here a lot the Coastal areas there is still a lot of damage from the Hurricane we had last season. There are still areas that are sensitive to looting and these communities are, in my mind, not the place to explore right now. People are still picking up pieces of thier houses, they do not want people, innocent as it might be, wandering around taking pics.

Being from Europe, you might want to be sure to prepare for our weather. It is getting hot here. But this also greatly depends on what area of Texas you are going to. Snakes, and a crap load of stinging bugs that are mean as hell are starting to move around.

Lots of rural Texas also is the home for stray dogs. But I worry more about domesticated dogs. They are territorial, strays run away, domesticated ones chase you, or at least me, back to your car. I've even had my car circled by dogs biting my tires and bumpers. Swung an umbrella out the window at one of them, there is now a dog walking around with my umbrella.


Yeah, exploring in Texas, prepare for everything. You might die, but don't let that stop you. Drive around from small town to small town and you will see a LOT of stuff. Don't die.




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< Reply # 3 on 5/8/2018 12:02 AM >
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What Matt said is pretty spot on. I’m in SouthEast Texas and sensitivity from Harvey is real. Many people in the rural areas are on the look out for outsiders so to speak. And as much as I hate to admit that a lot of the clichè of Texas is real, a lot of people out in the country do own guns. So just be careful and aware of your surroundings. Most Texans really are friendly. But I would stay away from neighborhoods that flooded,if you do come to this area. Look for travel trailers in yards, building equipment and trash piles, you won’t be able to miss them. Also be aware that snakes are bad right now around here and it’s getting hot!! Good luck and happy exploring!!



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Just be smart and research places before you explore them,it also depends on where you are going to in Texas. I'm in the southern part and alot of the better places the most you have to watch out for are cops and gang members. Just play it smart and try to bring someone if you can.




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Exploring solo isn’t the best idea. Bring another person just to be safe. If a weapon is pulled, best to walk away and post your experience. Giving the community a heads up about weapons being pulled at particular locations should be exposed. That’s my outlook.




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Exploring solo isn’t the best idea. Bring another person just to be safe. If a weapon is pulled, best to walk away and post your experience. Giving the community a heads up about weapons being pulled at particular locations should be exposed. That’s my outlook.


Weapons being pulled is a pretty god damn extreme thing to happen, I assume you mean property owners with guns?




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Thanks for all the advise. Didn't realise about the snakes. Also will be cautious around the flooded area. Won't be urbexing there I guess. I am with my wife. We are both from a city, so a little street wise. We will try our luck around the route 66 and other rural areas.




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Weapons being pulled is a pretty god damn extreme thing to happen, I assume you mean property owners with guns?


Sure you can include property owners. Had a gun pointed at me when I entered tunnel #3 in LV. His reason was I didn’t ask permission. His reason was good enough for me to leave in a hurry. Never went back through #3 again. Tunnel #4-6 were more friendly. Tunnel #5 pops out under a LV casino that’s on the strip.




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Lots of rural Texas also is the home for stray dogs. But I worry more about domesticated dogs.


Don't forget the feral hogs. I have family in Texas, and they've told me that there is a sizable feral hog population. Make no mistake, wild boars will attempt to kill you (and have as good of a chance of doing so) as any angry bear. They are territorial, aggressive, and destructive to the point of being "shoot on sight" in many states.




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Don't forget the feral hogs. I have family in Texas, and they've told me that there is a sizable feral hog population. Make no mistake, wild boars will attempt to kill you (and have as good of a chance of doing so) as any angry bear. They are territorial, aggressive, and destructive to the point of being "shoot on sight" in many states.


Oh yeah, they are really really bad here. A property owners nightmare.




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Don't forget the feral hogs. I have family in Texas, and they've told me that there is a sizable feral hog population. Make no mistake, wild boars will attempt to kill you (and have as good of a chance of doing so) as any angry bear. They are territorial, aggressive, and destructive to the point of being "shoot on sight" in many states.


Great point!

I'd consider hogs more dangerous than a bear for sure. Bears typically just want you to go away and can be big ol' cowards. Hogs don't give a flying fish.

There's a reason a lot of hikers in hog country carry big caliber revolvers and such.




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Also remember that fence post with the tops painted purple means no trespassing and it is a legal marking.




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Don't mess with Texas*
The state slogan says it all.
Property owners tend to protective here; keep a low profile or get permission.

Rattlers are harmless unless provoked or handle improperly; simply walk away. Never place your hands in holes, spaces etc unless you can visually clear them first in snake country.
Feral hogs and collared peccaries can be aggressive especially if they have young or you have a dog. Never fed them.
Learn what a kissing bug looks like and avoid crushing or being bite by them; they can carry an internal parasite.

*I got bones in Texas...




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Thanks for the extra warnings. I don't want to carry a real weapon. I was thinking about using a nordic walking stick to have some protection from snakes. Is that any good?

Will hogs chase you when you walk away?




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Will hogs chase you when you walk away?


No hogs will run from you 99% of the time. Irrational news.

If you corner one like a sow with young they might try to defend but most of the Internet stories you hear about hogs charging people are Internet bravado, just made up b.s. stories or hogs that have been wounded or cornered while hunting.

If they see no other avenue for escape they might run you over trying to get away from you but again this is actually less than one percent reality 99 percent people trying to sound courageous.

I have quite a few that frequent my property, worst they do is dig up the ground looking for food and make my dog bark like crazy. I have to wonder how many of our UER experts have actually hunted pigs or even encountered a real feral hog?

Now lets hear those heroic man-eating hog fighting / narrow escape stories!




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No hogs will run from you 99% of the time. Irrational news.

If you corner one like a sow with young they might try to defend but most of the Internet stories you hear about hogs charging people are Internet bravado, just made up b.s. stories or hogs that have been wounded or cornered while hunting.

If they see no other avenue for escape they might run you over trying to get away from you but again this is actually less than one percent reality 99 percent people trying to sound courageous.

I have quite a few that frequent my property, worst they do is dig up the ground looking for food and make my dog bark like crazy. I have to wonder how many of our UER experts have actually hunted pigs or even encountered a real feral hog?

Now lets hear those heroic man-eating hog fighting / narrow escape stories!



My family owns property in western arkansas. They are big animals and they are a nightmare for property owners. My aunt and my uncle were on a horse ride through their property and they spotted a local hog known as 'Big Sal,' my uncle pulled out his revolver and shot him. After going up to check if Sal was dead, there was a little dead piglet too! I've never personally had any issues with hogs, but my family has told quite a few stories.




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Now lets hear those heroic man-eating hog fighting / narrow escape stories!



My friends and I used to engage in what we called “hoggin”, but there were no actual hogs involved.

Let’s just say I won’t be running for office. Ever.


In my younger days spent at our ranch, there were a couple times hunters ended up in a tree because of a protective momma hog.
They normally carried a good size side arm for those instances, not advised for exploring.

I do have friends that hunt hogs with dogs and knives. I think they are crazy. Those hogs have a lot of power and weight, while not naturally aggressive, I would not want tussle with one. Only time I've taken a knife to one is cubing out for sausage. lol





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Thanks for the extra warnings. I don't want to carry a real weapon. I was thinking about using a nordic walking stick to have some protection from snakes. Is that any good?

Will hogs chase you when you walk away?


That should work pretty well. Also wouldn’t hurt to do a google search for snakes local to the area. Some of them blend in very well, and you don’t want to be on the bad side of a cotton mouth or copperhead. Well you don’t want to be on the bad side of any of them.. Really y’all will be fine😊😊




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Wild boars are bad enough over here, so I have to assume in Texas they'd be even larger and meaner. Check out this recent wild boar attack, in a pork restaurant of all places.





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