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General Hunting Information for the 2014-15 Seasons



EMERGENCY RULES! Effective 10/7/2014

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is currently under quarantine by The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) due to an outbreak of cattle fever ticks in the refuge and surrounding lands. In order to comply with TAHC-USDA in eradicating cattle fever ticks, changes have been made to the deer and nilgai check-in process for the 2014-2015 hunting season at the Refuge as white-tailed Deer and Nilgai are host to cattle fever ticks. 


GOAL – To keep cattle fever ticks within the quarantined zone


What does this mean for hunters?

  • Unit 1 will be CLOSED to hunting (archery and firearm).
  • Hunters (archery and firearm) may NOT access hunt units 2 and 6 from FM106 (Gen. Brandt Rd.).
  • Hunt units may be accessed from Buena Vista Road., Lakeside Drive, and County Road.
  • Hunters MUST bring a tarp AT LEAST 9ft. by 12ft. in size (no holes or tears).
  • Hunters MUST place a tarp on the truck bed/trailer as a protective barrier to eliminate contact with a deer or nilgai carcass when transporting on refuge lands.  Deer and nilgai carcasses may NOT come into contact with any vehicle surfaces (bed of a truck, on the roof, inside of vehicle, etc.).
  • Hunters MUST skin deer and nilgai at a designated cleaning area near the check station.
  • ALL deer and nilgai WILL be inspected by TAHC-USDA staff for cattle fever ticks.
  • TAHC-USDA staff WILL inspect your vehicle and may require that your vehicle be treated with insecticide.
  • Any hides or heads that hunters wish to remove from the Refuge will be required to be frozen solid on-site for a minimum of 24 hours in order to kill fever ticks.  A freezer will be located at the check station.
  • If you choose to leave the hide and/or head and take the skinned carcass after inspection, you may. A law enforcement officer will issue a wildlife resource document as proof of sex for white-tailed deer transport.
  • Emergency rules do not apply to feral hogs.

        Hunters may be asked to fill out a short survey.  Contact the Refuge with questions or for more information at 956-748-3608.


 Download General Hunt Information Here (pdf)


Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge


•$80.00 hunt fee for each hunt period.

•The application period for all hunts is only during the month of August.

•"Scouting periods" are November 1–2 and November 8–9, 2014.

•Hunters must be at least 9 years of age by the hunt date. Hunters that are 9–17 years of age must hunt under the direct supervision of an adult 21 years of age or older who also has a hunt permit for that hunt.












 Archery Hunts


Permits: Issued on a first-come, first-served basis in person or by mail. Issued at the Refuge Office Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 4, August 1 - 31 or until sold out. A total of 800 permits may be issued for the archery season (267 permits per hunt period).


Bag Limit: Two white-tailed deer: one female and one male or two females. Unlimited feral hogs and nilgai antelope.


Legal Weapons: Bow and arrow only, as defined by Texas state hunting regulations for the Archery-Only open season.

Crossbows may be used by hunters with an upper limb disability but a special use permit is required.

Contact Assistant Refuge Manager by October 31, to apply for a special use permit.


Application: You may apply for a maximum of two archery hunts. Submit the $80.00 hunt fee for each hunt you apply for with your application. Cash, check or money orders are accepted in person. Checks and money orders are accepted via mail.


Note: no permit will be issued if a mailed application is not postmarked during the month of August or if all permits have already been issued. Checks and money orders will be returned if mailed in and a hunt is full.


Archery Hunt Dates  















Hunt #1 is November 12 - 16, 2014 (May set up stands November 11, 2014)

Hunt #2 is November 30 - December 6, 2014 (May set up stands November 29, 2014)

Hunt #3 is January 7 - 11, 2015 (May set up stands January 6)

* stand set up the day before the hunt will be from official sunrise to official sunset

Download Archery Regulations & Map here (pdf)

Download Archery Hunt #1 Application here (pdf)

 Archery Hunt #2 is SOLD OUT (8/8/14)

 Archery Hunt #3 is SOLD OUT (8/22/14) 






Firearm Hunts



Orientations are mandatory for all firearm hunts. Orientation is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on the first day of your selected hunt.


General: Five hunts (each hunt is threeconsecutive days, starting at 8:00 a.m. the 1st day and ending at sunset on the 3rd day of your scheduled hunt).Permits: 175 total permits, 35 hunters per hunt. Hunters will be selected by computer random drawing in early September. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and assigned to a hunt period.


Firearm Hunt Dates:















Hunt #1 is November 21 - 23, 2014


Hunt #2 is December 12 - 14, 2014


Hunt #3 is December 19 - 21, 2014


Hunt #4 is December 27 - 29, 2014


Hunt #5 is January 2 - 4, 2015


Bag Limit: Two white-tailed deer: one female and one male or two females. Unlimited feral hogs and nilgai antelope.

Legal Weapons: Only shoulder-fired modern rifles and muzzle-loading black powder (or equivalent powder) firearms are allowed. Black powder firearms must be .40 caliber or larger and modern firearms must be center-fire and .22 caliber or larger. Shotguns are not allowed.


Application: You may submit one applicaton for the firearm hunts between August 1 and August 31. Mailed applications must be postmarked within the month of August. DO NOT mail fee with your application. A maximum of three people may be listed on each application. Applicants listed on more than one "Firearm Hunt" application will result in those applications being voided.






Download Firearm Regulations & Map here (pdf)


Download Firearm Application here (pdf)



























Texas State Hunting Regulations apply to hunting on the Refuge. We encourage you to contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 1-800/792-1112 or for complete information.


For Additional Information


Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

22817 Ocelot Road

Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

956/748-3607 ext 111 or 101





















Page Photo Credits — White-tailed deer / Steve Sinclair ©
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2014
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