Waterfowl Hunting


Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters play an important role in supporting these public lands that are managed for the benefit of wildlife and you.

Sargent Waterfowl Hunt Area  

 The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt area will be opened for hunting beginning November 7, 2020 depending on water availability.  Permits will enable the applicant and up to three additional hunters to hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise to 12:00 noon on the two days (Saturday and Wednesday) for which the permit is issued.  Eighty permits for a two day hunt will be issued for the 2020/2021 waterfowl season. Each permit is $45.00.


To apply for the hunt, fill out the Hunter Application, elements 1-6 and submit the application via email to Roland_Davis@fws.gov between September 1 and September 30.  We will hold the drawing on Wednesday, October 14th at 09:00 AM.  We will fill slots in the order applicants are drawn with priority given to the week preference.  You may only apply once.  You must provide an email address, as all permits will be issued by email. 

Please utilize the Sargent Hunt Regulations & Map to identify your area preference.    Due to the ease of access, we will give priority for Area #1 to those with limited mobility.  All successful applicants will be notified as placements are made and the fee requested.  Payments must be made by calling (979)964-3639 and providing checking account information for electronic processing or credit card / debit card.  Upon receipt of the fee, your permit will be approved and emailed.  This permit must be printed, signed and be in hand while on the refuge.  Only one permit will be issued per applicant.  The permit holder must be present and included in the hunt party.   

Stand By Hunters - Permits remaining unfilled, will be filled on a first come, first served basis by calling the San Bernard NWR Field Office (979)964-3639 beginning the Thursday of the hunt week at 8:00 AM.     

 Permits will be issued for the following dates:  


November 7 and 11, 2020

November 14 and 18, 2020

November 21 and 25, 2020

 December 12 and 16, 2020

December 19 and 23, 2020

December 26 and 30, 2020

 January 2 and 6, 2021 

January 9 and 813, 2021

January 16 and 20, 2021

January 23 and 27, 2021

Sargent Permit Hunt Regulations & Map  

Waterfowl Hunting
The refuge is open for waterfowl hunting in designated areas.  This includes ducks, geese and coots.

The refuge is open for early teal and regular waterfowl seasons, in accordance with Texas State Regulations. No fees are charged and no special use permits are required for hunting the Salt Bayou, Smith Marsh or Cedar Lakes Waterfowl Hunt Areas. The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt is a lottery hunt that takes place in Pentagon Marsh off of FM 457.

  • Approximately 6,700 acres are open for hunting in the Salt Bayou, Smith Marsh and Cedar Lake Waterfowl Hunt Areas, which can be reached by boat.  
  • The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt provides 8 hunt areas within Pentagon Marsh. Selected hunters are permitted to hunt the Saturday and following Wednesday for which they are selected. 

Maps and Regulations
Texas Mid-coast Refuge Complex Hunt Information
San Bernard Refuge Hunt/Fish Regulations & Map 

Sargent Permit Hunt Regulations & Map

Sargent Hunt Application

Big Boggy Hunt Regulations & Map

Helpful Information
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department