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 6, 2021 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 2021/2022 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 13th 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 6 and 10, 2021

November 13 and 17, 2021

November 20 and 24, 2021

December 11 and 15, 2021

December 18 and 22, 2021

December 25 and 29, 2021

January 1 and 5, 2022 

January 8 and 12, 2022

January 15 and 19, 2022

January 22 and 26, 2022

Sargent Permit Hunt Regulations & Map