USFWS White tailed deer
Hunting at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge 

Situated on the upper Big Mineral Creek arm of Lake Texoma, which is on the Texas / Oklahoma border, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge provides feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, pelicans, and many other birds. The refuge also supports abundant state trust resources including white-tail deer, wild turkey, rabbits, and squirrel.  Invasive feral hogs have also become established here and are the target of several ongoing control measures. 

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge allows limited quota hunting for white-tail deer, wild turkey, and feral hogs by permit only.  The refuge has developed a reputation for hosting high quality public hunts for all three species.  Permits are issues by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) after a random draw.  The hunts are generally scheduled as follows (dates and open areas vary each year; consult refuge and state regulations before hunting): 

  • White-tail Deer Hunts (Archery Only): three weekends in November - December 
  • Eastern Wild Turkey Hunt (see regulations below): one weekend in April 
  • Feral Hog Hunts (see regulations below): two weekends in March

Interested hunters may apply for a limited quota permit from TPWD by visiting:

The refuge also offers public hunting for dove, rabbit, and squirrel in specified areas and specified portions of open seasons.  These hunts are available to the general public and do not require a drawn permit from TPWD.  They are generally scheduled as follows (dates may vary each year; consult refuge and state regulations before hunting):

  • Squirrel and Rabbit (see regulations below):  September 1 – 30 and January 1 – February 28 
  • Dove (see regulations below):  September 1 - 30 

Be sure to check out the hunting rules and regulations before hunting at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  You will need to consult the refuge-specific hunting rules (see Laws, Rules, and Regulations below) as well as Texas Hunting Regulations (see link below).