Hunting

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Hunters help maintain wildlife populations that can potentially destroy habitat important to many other wildlife species, including the ocelot and aplomado falcon. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.


Drawn Hunts at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

 

The refuge offers public hunting opportunities for all hunters, including youth and individuals with limited mobility. Hunting season is open to white-tailed deer, nilgai antelope, and feral hogs. These hunts are self-guided and in a remote area with limited vehicle access allowed. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Public Drawn Hunt System process archery and firearm hunt applications and permits. All refuge hunters are selected by lottery. Up to 4 people can apply together on one application. All applications are completed online at: Texas Parks and Wildlife Drawn Hunts

  For more information pertaining your hunt, click on the links below:
Archery_Brochure_2019 
Exotic_LANWR_2020 
Firearm_Regs_2019
LANWR_General_Hunt_2019

Fees and Permits

Firearm permits are $80.00 each. Archery permits are $130.00 each. The application fee is $3.00 for each hunt. *All hunt fees are non-refundable.*All hunts may be cancelled without notice.*Hunt permits are not transferable

 

Mobility Impaired Hunters

Hunters with a mobility impairment must apply for a special use permit 30 days prior to their awarded hunt. Hunters requesting access to a hunt with an ATV/UTV or electric bike, may be granted access to West Lake Rd. up to Coyote Loop in unit 2. All ATV/UTV or Electric bikes must remain on the roadway. Permitted hunters must park in the Prairie Trail parking lot located in unit 1 along HWY 106.

 

Hunt Schedule

All hunters must attend mandatory orientation at 9:00 am at the Refuge's Hunt Check Station, the day before your scheduled hunt - see hunt dates below:

Scouting is available to permitted hunters the day before your scheduled hunt after completion the mandatory hunter orientation.

 

Archery Hunts

2019 Permits: There will be 200 hunt permits available for each archery hunt.

Archery #1 - Oct. 25 - Oct. 29, 2019

Archery #2 - Nov. 1 - Nov. 5, 2019

Archery #3 - Nov. 15 - Nov.19, 2019

Archery #4 - Nov. 21 - Nov. 26, 2019

Firearm Hunts

2019 Permits: There will be 35 hunt permits available for each general firearm hunt. There will be 25 permits for the exotic only firearm hunt.

Firearm #1 - Dec. 6 - Dec. 8, 2019

Firearm #2 - Dec. 13 - Dec.15, 2019

Firearm #3 - Dec. 20- Dec. 22, 2019

Firearm #4 - Jan. 3 - Jan. 5, 2020

Firearm #5 - Jan. 10 - Jan. 12 , 2019

Firearm #6 (Exotic Only) - April. 3 - 5, 2019
 

Fees and Permits

Firearm permits are $80.00 each. Archery permits are $130.00 each. The application fee is $3.00 for each hunt. *All hunt fees are non-refundable.*All hunts may be canceled without notice.*Hunt permits are not transferable

Helpful Links:  
Texas Parks and Wildlife Regulations  

USFWS Hunting