Hunting

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.


The refuge has set White-tailed Deer Hunt dates for the 2019-2020 season. A valid State of Texas hunting license is required and all Texas State regulations apply. View the hunt brochure

Feral Hog Hunt:
Feral Hog may be taken during the daylight hours of any established refuge hunt. Permits and legal weapons apply as prescribed for the current season.

Archery Hunt:
The refuge archery hunt will be open to the general public September 28 – October 27, 2019; November 23, 2018 – January 5, 2020. All archery hunters will be required to have a signed hunt tearsheet (available at the refuge office and visitor center: Free of Charge) prior to hunting. A valid State of Texas hunting license is required. All Texas State regulations apply.

Persons with Disabilities /Youth Hunt:
The hunt for Persons with Disabilities will be held November 7 - 10, 2019. Persons participating in the hunt must have certification of their disability as required by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department license requirements. If required, a disabled hunter may bring a non-hunting aid with them during the hunt.

A youth hunt for 9 to 16 year olds will be held November 14 - 17, 2019. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult supervisor, 17 years of age or older. The adult supervisor must remain with the youth participant at all times during hunting activities.

A maximum of two persons with disabilities or youth hunters may apply as a hunt party by placing their names on a standard U.S. Postal Service card marked Youth or Persons with Disabilities Hunt. All entry cards for the persons with disabilities or youth hunts must be plainly marked: Attention Youth Hunt or Persons with Disabilities Hunt for appropriate consideration to be given. Applicants wishing to apply for the Youth or Persons with Disabilities Hunts may do so by placing the post card application in a regular envelope and mailing it to the refuge office. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license and tags. Individual bag limits for the disabled and youth hunts will be two deer, only one may be antlered.

Attention Youth or Persons with Disabilities Hunt (written once on the face of the post card)

  • NAME 
  • ADDRESS
  • TELEPHONE Number and Area Code of each applicant. 


All post card entries must be placed in a standard envelope and mailed to: Caddo Lake NWR, P.O. Box 230, Karnack, Texas 75661. Incomplete or duplicate applications will be disqualified. All entries must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2019 to be considered valid.

Applicants will be notified by mail.

For additional information, contact Erik Duerkop at 903/679-9144.

General Hunt Information
Review the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Refuge System Hunting Information.

State and Federal Regulations

  • Everyone who hunts on a national wildlife refuge must have the required state license(s). (State government links are provided under the State Licenses tab.) Some refuges also require their own permits and/or user fees. These are noted in this guide.
  • All state and/or refuge regulations for bag and possession limits must be followed, as well as those for tagging and checking in after the hunt. 
  • Follow state and/or refuge rules for wearing hunter orange.

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Requirements
  • Hunting on refuges is permitted during certain time periods and in designated areas only, and these are subject to change. It is critical to contact the refuge for authorized activities and current guidelines before your visit.
  • You may only hunt species specified by the refuge.
  • The distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait is strictly prohibited.
  • Some refuges require hunters to have hunter education certificates or bow hunters to have completed the International Bow hunter Education Course. Check individual refuge regulations. 
  • Vehicles are allowed only on roads designated as open. Unless stated otherwise, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-roading are strictly prohibited.
  • Hunters may not use nails, wires, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree, nor may they hunt from a tree in which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter.
  • The use of artificial light to locate or take an animal is prohibited.