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Waterfowl Hunting

HuntBlind_512x219Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters play an important role in supporting these public lands that are managed for the benefit of wildlife and you.

Sargent Waterfowl Hunt Area  

The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt area will be opened for hunting beginning November 16, 2013.  Permits will enable the applicant and up to three additional hunters to hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise to 12:00 noon on the two days (Saturday and Wednesday) for which the permit is issued.  Sixty four permits for a two day hunt will be issued for the 2013/2014 waterfowl season. Each permit is $45.00

To apply for the hunt, fill out the Hunter Application, elements 1-7 and submit the application via fax machine (979) 964-4021 or email, beginning November 9.  We will fill the blinds on a first come first served basis with priority given to the week preference.  You may only apply once, but we will accept applications throughout the season.  You must provide an email address, as all permits will be issued by email. 

 Permits will be issued for the following dates:  

  1. November 16 and  20, 2013 
  2. November 23 and 27, 2013 
  3. December 14 and 18, 2013 
  4. December 21 and 25, 2013 
  5. December 28, 2013 and January 1, 2014 
  6. January 4 and 8, 2014 
  7. January 11 and 15, 2014 
  8. January 18 and 22, 2014 


Please utilize the Sargent Hunt Regulations & Map to identify your blind preference.    Due to the ease of access, we will give priority for Area #1 to those with limited mobility.  All successful applicants for the first weeks hunt will be notified by November 13th via email and the permit fee requested.  All subsequent week permit applicants will be notified as placements are made and the fee requested.  Payments must be made by calling 979-964-4011 and providing checking account information for electronic processing or credit card.  Upon receipt of the fee, your permit will be approved and your permit will be emailed.  This permit must be printed and be in hand while on the refuge.  Only one permit will be issued per applicant.  The permit holder must be present and included in the hunt party.  

Stand By Hunters - Permits remaining unfilled, will be filled on a first come, first served basis by calling the Complex Office (979)964-4011 beginning the Thursday before the hunt Saturday.     

Waterfowl Hunting
The refuge is open for waterfowl hunting, which includes ducks, geese and coots.

The refuge is open for early teal and regular waterfowl seasons, in accordance with Texas State Regulations. No fees are charged and no special use permits are required for hunting the Salt Bayou, Smith Marsh or Cedar Lakes Waterfowl Hunt Areas. The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt is a lottery hunt that takes place in Pentagon Marsh off of FM 457. 

  • Approximately 6,700 acres are open for hunting in the Salt Bayou, Smith Marsh and Cedar Lake Waterfowl Hunt Areas, which can be reached by boat.   
  • The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt provides 8 hunt areas within Pentagon Marsh. Selected hunters are permitted to hunt the Saturday and following Wednesday for which they are selected.  
  • Waterfowl hunting is allowed daily in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations on the areas open to hunting as shown on the map (link to map).  
  • Hunting areas are designated by signs stating “Public Hunting Area.”  
  • No special permit is required. (Except for Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt). 
  • Only waterfowl hunting (ducks, geese, and coots) is allowed. All other wildlife is protected. 
  • Use of the area is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • Retriever dogs are allowed but must be under the control of the handler at all times. 
  • The use of airboats in navigable tidal waters is allowed.  
  • Vehicles should park in designated parking areas only. 
  • Hunters must remove decoys and portable blinds daily once they have finished hunting. 
  • Shotguns must be unloaded while traveling to and from hunting areas on the refuge. 
  • Approved, Non-toxic shot is required. 
  • Respect other hunters and maintain a safe and courteous distance from other parties. 
  • Hunters must carry out empty shells and trash. 

To protect other hunters and the refuge’s wildlife and habitat, the following is not allowed:  

  • Hunting from or use of permanent blinds.  
  • Possession of lead shot. 
  • Use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting on refuge lands or waters. 
  • Hunting within 500 feet of homes or buildings. 
  • Off-road vehicle travel or ATV use on the refuge. 
  • Target shooting or target practice. 
  • Dog training – with or without the use of firearms. 

Maps and Regulations
Texas Mid-coast Refuge Complex Hunt Information
San Bernard Refuge Hunt/Fish Regulations & Map 

Sargent Permit Hunt Regulations & Map
Big Boggy Hunt Regulations & Map 

Helpful Information
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 

Page Photo Credits — View from a hunt blind
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2013
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