Deer Hunting CMS

Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge. Properly managed hunts benefit native wildlife populations and control exotic animals while providing recreational opportunities.  While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and the American people.

2020-2020 Hunt Regulations are now published!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges for the 2020-2021 season. Hunting and sport fishing opportunities are authorized and provided on FWS-managed lands in accordance with federal, state, and tribal (where applicable) regulations and seasons. 

The FWS carried out a public review and comment period process on these proposed openings and expansions prior to the 2020-2021 hunting and sport fishing season. The final documents are available at the following website: 

For questions on hunting or sport fishing opportunities, regulations, and access, please contact the refuge. 

 Public Hunt Information   

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge conducts seasonal firearm, shotgun/muzzleloader and archery hunts for white-tailed deer, nilgai and feral hog. Youth-only hunts are also scheduled and the 2020-January 2021 youth hunts will be at La Sal Del Rey. Hunting is NOT allowed with 500 feet of the shoreline of the lake and hunting is limited to refuge permit holders ONLY.  Hunting is only allowed north of the east-west drainage. And west of the north drainage on the North side of the salt. Click on the link below to see  hunting map for La Sal Del Rey. All hunter access is from Chapa Road ONLY.  Dates for the hunts are November 27-29, 2020, December 4-6, 2020, December 18-20, 2020 and January 1-3, 2021.    

 La Sal Del Rey Hunt Map    

The refuge has approximately 6,000 acres open for big game hunting. Hunt seasons vary according to State regulations. The number of hunters desired for each hunt period may be increased or decreased to address significant changes in population levels.

To participate, hunters must have

  • A permit (now issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department).
  • A valid hunting license
  • Proof of hunter's education certification
  • A picture identification on them while in the field

 General Information and Application Process:   

  • The hunt application period begins July 1st of every year through an online process by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Click on this link to go directly to the online hunt application process 


 Equal Opportunity Access -- Disabled hunters with mobility impairment are encouraged to contact our office for more information on access to the hunts.