Big Boggy NWR offers two public waterfowl hunting areas, Matthes Field and Pelton Lake, each providing a different type of hunt. One is located along a flight path ducks use as they leave their resting area in the morning and head to the marshes. While the pass shooting can be quite successful at times, many birds quickly learn to avoid the area. The other zone is for walk-in hunters, in a part of the refuge suited for hunting over decoys. The walk can be 1 or 2 miles, and hunters should take precautions against heat stroke. Once in the marsh, hunting can be excellent, but location is the key. Learning which areas ducks use will help hunters plan a successful outing. Early in the year, many hunters hope to take the unusual mottled duck, but green-winged teal, pintail, gadwall and wigeon are common species harvested. The refuge also takes part in the extended light goose conservation hunt, and snow geese are often found on the refuge.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department