Hunting

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Due to COVID precautions a variety of changes are in place for this year's waterfowl hunting season. Please read the following carefully.


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Some of the best waterfowl hunting opportunities in Southeast Texas are available seasonally on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Blue and green-winged teal, mottled duck, gadwall, pintail and shoveler are a few of the species hunted among the different hunt units.


Approximately forty-percent of the refuge is open to waterfowl hunting. Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas which encompass majority of the East Unit and Middleton Tract, as well as the Pace TractUnits can be accessed by foot or by boat. An accessible hunt blind, located on the East Unit, is also available for hunters with a disability.  On days open to hunting, hunters can enter hunt units at 4:00 am and must be done hunting by 12:00 pm. Hunters must be off the hunt units by 12:30 pm. Please refer to regulations for details on hunting dates as they vary per hunt unit. 

Please contact refuge headquarters in the fall before waterfowl hunting season to obtain current hunting regulations and special use authorizations.

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Light Goose Conservation Season Starts February 1st and runs to February 28th 2021 

East Unit – Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday February 1-28*, 2021 

                    Gate open at 5:00am-12:30pm. No reservation needed. Sign-in sheet located outside of check station. 

Pace Tract – 7 days a week until February 28*, 2021. No sign in required.

Middleton – 7 days a week until February 28*, 2021. No sign in required.

All other hunting regulations apply. *Previously Feb. 21 2021, now updated to end on the 28th*

Changes for 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 regulations and general authorization will only be available online. Hunters will need to print their own regulations and sign the general authorization. 

Reservations for the East Unit will be taken by telephone only

Reservation times have extended to 2:30pm.

The East Unit Annual Fee will only be sold at the East Unit Check Station. 

The Check Station will be open extended hours in October to sell The East Unit Annual Fee: 
October 1st-31st: Thursday 3pm-6pm, Friday 7am-11am, Saturday 8am-3pm

East Unit check-in and check out process will be through a window and requires hunters wear a face mask/covering and maintain social distance. 

 

Current Regulations and Maps:

 Click here to download 2020-2021 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations  

 Click here to download 2020-2021 Important Hunt Dates

 

Early Teal Season:

Early Teal Season will be available on Pace Tract and Middleton Tract. 


Scouting: 

Scouting will be allowed October 23-29th, 2020 from 7am-6:30pm. Please consult current refuge regulations for details. 

 

Authorization:

All hunters are required to carry a signed general authorization while hunting on the refuge. This general authorization is free and acknowledges that you have read and understood all current regulations for the season. You may find a copy of the general authorization online here on the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Regulations.  Note: this general authorization is not the same as the East Unit Fee or East Unit Annual Fee.

Hunters are required to carry: 1) this general authorization, along with 2) a Federal Duck Stamp and 3) applicable Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting permits. 

If accessing the East Unit by boat, an East Unit Annual Fee is required. See fee information below.

 

Fees: 

The East Unit requires either a Daily Fee or an Annual Fee for all hunters age 18 and over. The Pace Tract and Middleton Tract Hunt Units are open to hunters free of charge. 

The East Unit daily fee is $10 a day per person (available for purchase only the morning of your hunt) or you may purchase an East Unit Annual Fee for $40, to hunt the East Unit for the current season. An East Unit Annual Fee is required if accessing the East Unit by boat. 

The $40 East Unit Annual Fee is available to purchase from the following locations:  

  • East Unit Check Station  located a few miles after the entrance to the East Unit:
    October 1st-31st: Thursday 3pm-6pm, Friday 7am-11am, Saturday 8am-3pm
    November-January: Open only on East Unit hunting days - Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday mornings 4am-12pm, closed for split.
  • Extra extended hours during Scouting Week:
    10/26 1-3pm
    10/27 8am-3pm
    10/28 8am-3pm
    10/29 8am-6pm
    10/30 7am-11am

 

East Unit Reservations: 

Driving access to the East Unit is offered through reservation only. You may reserve a hunt pond or field between 9:00 am -2:30 pm on the Friday prior to the hunt each week. Due to COVID precautions, reservations will only be taken by phone this year at 409-267-5138. 

Each reservation is good for a single day and is limited to one per caller. Multiple reservations require multiple phone calls. On the day of the hunt, at least one person on the reservation must be present in the hunting party.

East Unit Check In and Check Out Process:

Hunters driving into the East Unit must check in and check out at the Check Station. Park your vehicle and approach the window. If there is a line, maintain 6-foot distance from other hunters. A face mask/covering is required.

Hunters checking in will need to provide the following:

  • A signed general authorization - found here online on the Regulations. Print and sign.
  • Pond/Field Number
  • Names of Hunters
  • Vehicle License Plate Number
  • Cash (exact change) or check for the daily fee ($10) or annual fee ($40).

Snacks, drinks, and coffee will not be available this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Contact:  Jessica_Jia@fws.gov 

More Information:

All state hunting regulations apply in addition to refuge specific regulations. Please refer to Hunting Rules and Regulations (Texas Parks & Wildlife) for state regulations.

To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations, please contact the refuge or call 409/267-3337.