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Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge.  

Hunters help maintain wildlife populations that can potentially destroy habitat important to many other wildlife species, including the Golden-cheeked warbler and Black-capped vireo.  While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.



The refuge offers hunts for dove in September and for white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hogs on several weekends in November and December.  All of the hunts include opportunities for youths and hunters with disabilities.  

Dove Hunt:
Click here for the Dove Hunt brochure and map.
-- $20 -- Dove Hunt, permit issued at refuge. 

Big Game Hunt: 

Persons with Disabilities Hunt: Available to hunters (youth and adult) with disabilities possessing a pertinent and valid proof of disability.  Call (512)339-9432 ext 90 for details. 

2016 Big Game Hunt brochure and map.

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge map and description of all Hunt Units 

All Terrain Vehicles are permitted on refuge Big Game Hunts.  Learn more here.

Hunt Fees: 

--All applications and payment must be made online here

When searching for Balcones Canyonlands NWR hunt, select Browse Hunt Catalog, then select the By Area tab. Drawings and award notifications for each hunt will be conducted at different times. Please consult the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hunt application web page.

HOW HUNT TRACTS ARE SELECTED:   The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD does the public lottery draw for the Balcones Canyonlands NWR hunt. When all hunters selected in the draw have confirmed then our office receives those names and they are then slotted by a lottery system in the hunt units at the Balcones refuge.
After all units have been filled, the hunters will be contacted by our office via email. All selected hunters will have an opportunity to scout their hunt unit the day before the hunt begins. Have a great day and please contact us if you have any more questions or concerns.

Helpful Links:  
Texas Parks and Wildlife Regulations  




Page Photo Credits — White-tailed deer / Jim Baines ©
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016
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