Hunting 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 help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.

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 permits.  


Current Regulations and Maps:

 Click here to download 2019-2020 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations  

 Click here to download 2019-2020 Important Hunt Dates



Scouting is only allowed during a certain time, please consult current refuge regulations for details. 



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

Hunters are required to carry: 1) this general permit, 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 Permit is required. See fee information below.



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 Permit for $40, to hunt the East Unit for the current season. An East Unit Annual Fee Permit is required if accessing the East Unit by boat. 

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


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 -1:30 pm on the Friday prior to the hunt each week, either in person at the Refuge  Headquarters (4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514) or by phone at 409/267-5138. Parking along the shoulder of FM 563 is not legal. Each reservation is good for a single day and is limited to one per caller or person in line. Multiple reservations require multiple phone calls or starting over in line. On the day of the hunt, at least one person on the reservation must be present in the hunting party.


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.