Refuge Specific Regulations include the following:
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
We allow hunting of mourning dove in the month of September on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:
1. You must possess and carry a signed refuge brochure (which serves as your Migratory Game Bird/Upland Game Hunting Permit). The permit/brochure is available free of charge at the refuge headquarters.
2. You may possess shot for hunting no larger than #4 in the hunting area.
3. We require the hunter to self check-in and check out.
4. We prohibit hunting within 150 feet (45 m) of any Day Use Area or walking trail.
5. We prohibit target practice or any non-hunting discharge of firearms.
6. We prohibit falconry.
7. We allow retriever dogs, but the dogs must be under the control of the handler at all times (see §26.21(b) of this chapter).
8. We prohibit airboats, hovercraft, and personal watercraft (jet skis, wave runner, jet boats, etc.) year-round on refuge waters.
9. We prohibit building or hunting from permanent blinds.
10. We prohibit blocking of gates and roads (see §27.31(h) of this chapter).
11. We prohibit ATVs.
12. We prohibit horses.
13. We prohibit glass containers.
B. Upland Game Hunting.
We allow hunting of squirrel and rabbit in the months of February and September on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:
1. We require you to check in and out of the hunt area.
2. We allow only shotguns.
3. You may possess no shot larger than #4 on the hunting area.
4. You must plug shotguns to hold no more than three shells during the September dove season.
C. Big Game Hunting.
We allow hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hogs, and wild turkeys on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:
1. You must obtain a refuge limited hunt permit and pay a hunt fee.
D. Sport Fishing.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions: 1. Lake Texoma and connected streams are open to fishing year round. A valid State of Texas or Lake Texoma fishing license is required as per State regulations. 2. Conditions A10, and A12 through A15 apply (see 50 CFR Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge). 3. You may bank and wade fish with pole and line, rod and reel, or hand line year-round in all areas open to public fishing. 4. We allow fishing in refuge ponds March 15 through September 30 annually. A valid State of Texas or Lake Texoma fishing license is required as per State regulations. 5. Anglers may not use any glass containers, plastic jugs, or plastic bottles as floats. 6. Discarding monofilament is prohibited. 7. You may only take bait for personal use while fishing in refuge waters in accordance with Texas state law. We do not allow removal of bait from the refuge for commercial sales or use. 8. We prohibit fishing from bridges. 9. We allow the use of bow and arrow to take non-game fish on refuge waters. 10. Limblines, throwlines, juglines, seine nets, and yo-yo’s are prohibited. 11. We prohibit taking frogs, turtles, and mussels from refuge lands and waters (see 27.21 of this chapter). 12. Entry into refuge impoundments and ponds by any means (i.e., foot, boat, other floating device) for any purpose is prohibited year-round. 13. We prohibit airboats, hovercraft and personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, jet boats, etc.) year-round on refuge waters. 14. We prohibit boats and all other floating devices on all open waters of Lake Texoma except Big Mineral Creek from October 1 through March 14 annually. 15. At the point where Big Mineral Creek joins Lake Texoma, Big Mineral Creek becomes a year-round no wake zone to the end of upstream navigable waters.
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