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 2018-2019 

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, 2018 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.

  Hunt Maps 

East Lake 


*Hunter Report*

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