Hunting

Hunting 512

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. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.


The refuge provides opportunity to hunt white-tailed deer (archery only), feral hog, and wild turkey through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Public Hunting-Drawn Hunts system.                               

2021-22 Limited Permit Hunts for White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, and Feral Hogs 

All hunters must apply through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department online-only Drawn Hunts system.   

https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/

2021 National Refuge Archery Deer-Application Deadline September 1, 2021 

2022 National Refuge Feral Hog-Application Deadline November 1, 2021

2022 National Refuge Spring Turkey-Application Deadline November 1, 2021

NOTICE TO DEER HUNT APPLICANTS:  You will be required to show proof of having completed a Bowhunter Education Course (not hunter education, bowhunter education) when you arrive at the hunter check-in station. You will not be allowed to hunt without having completed the course. 

 2021-2022 Limited Permit Hunts-Deer, Feral Hog, Wild Turkey Information  

A TPWD Annual Public Hunt Permit ($48) is required for all hunting on the Nocona Unit.

2021-2022 Nocona Unit Hunting - Montague County  

Hunting is available for dove, fox squirrel, and cottontail rabbit during specific locations and times. A free, self-issuing permit is required for dove and upland game hunting. It is available to download at the link below, or at the Refuge Visitor Center.

      2021-2022 Upland Game and Migratory Game Bird Hunts