Seeking Public Input on Hunt Changes

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is updating the Refuge Hunt Plan. The modified plan proposes working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to process applications for refuge white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and feral hog hunts; modifying methods of take for deer and turkey hunts; modifying areas and dates open to rabbit, squirrel, and dove hunting, and opening the Nocona Unit in Montague County to hunting as per TPWD regulations.

The public is invited to submit comments and information they wish to have considered during the final draft comment period.

The purpose of the Hunt Plan modification is to update existing plans that were prepared in 1970 for dove, squirrel, and rabbit; 1982 for white-tailed deer (amended in 1991); and 2012 for feral hog and wild turkey. The proposed plan would include entering into an agreement with TPWD to accept applications through their on-line only Drawn Hunts system and make selections using loyalty points; allowing the use of crossbows in alignment with State of Texas regulations for archery hunting; expanding the season and units available for upland game hunting; and opening the 822-acre Nocona Unit of Hagerman NWR (Montague County, TX) to limited hunting of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, feral hog, mourning dove, rabbit, and squirrel.

Comments will be accepted until July 1, 2019, and incorporated into the plan to the extent practicable. The Draft Hunt Plan documents, once completed, will be provided to the public for further review and comment.

The public is encouraged to provide input by writing to: Refuge Manager, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, Texas 75092. To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be delivered to the refuge in person, or sent by mail and postmarked by July 1, 2019. Please note “Refuge Hunt Comments” on the submitted documents. Comments will not be accepted by fax or email.

For questions, please contact the Refuge Headquarters at (903) 786-2826.

Draft Environmental Assessment
Draft Compatibility Determination
Draft Hunt Plan