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Hunting

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.

 Public Hunt Information 2016-2017 

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.

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, 2016 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.

Refuge Big Game Hunt Information:

Archery Big Game Hunt - $3.00 application fee and $150 extended hunt permit fee
Dates: Nov 10-13, Nov. 17-20,  Dec. 8-11, Dec. 15-18, Jan. 5-8, Jan. 12-15.
Bag Limit: Two White-tailed deer (one male deer and one female or two females), no limit on nilgai antelope and feral hogs.
Legal Weapons: Archery and Crossbows outlined in the TPWD regulations for Archery hunts.

Shotgun or Muzzleloader Big Game Hunt – $3.00 application fee and $80 standard hunt permit feee.
Dates:  Nov. 18-20, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Jan. 13-15.
Bag Limit: Two White-tailed deer (one male deer and one female or two females), no limit on nilgai antelope and feral hogs.
Legal Weapons: Shotgun (20 gauge or larger with slug shot only) or muzzleloader (.40 caliber or larger).

Exotic-Only Hunt - $3.00 application fee and $80 standard hunt permit fee.
Dates: Jan. 27-29, Feb. 3-5, and Feb. 10-12

Bag Limit: No limit on nilgai antelope and feral hogs only.
Legal Weapons: Any legal center-fire firearm except hand held pistols (hand guns).

Youth Hunt  - No application or permit fee 
 Open to youths ages 9-17 only. Must be accompanied by a Chaperone.
Dates: Nov. 11-13, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 16-18, and Jan. 6-8.

Bag Limit: Two White-tailed deer (one male deer and one female or two females), no limit on nilgai antelope and feral hogs only.
Legal Weapons: Any legal center-fire firearm except hand held pistols (hand guns).

Scouting will begin the Monday of the week your hunt is scheduled. 

Hunt Maps 

East Lake 

Teniente 

*Hunter Report*

 Hunters are encouraged to submit a harvest report at the end of their hunt to the Refuge Hunt Coordinator.

 

 

 

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2016
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