Hunting

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Hunters help maintain wildlife populations that can potentially destroy habitat important to many other wildlife species, including the ocelot and aplomado falcon. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.


2021/2022 Hunt Season Update: Hunter Orientation and Harvesting 

Onsite hunter orientation and in person harvest check-in will not be available. Virtual hunt orientation is available below, please select your hunt to view the orientation video.

All game harvests must be documented in the Harvest Report found below.

Hunters participating in the Archery-Only Hunt must watch the Archery Hunt Orientation video. 

Hunters participating in the Firearm-Only Firearm Hunt must watch the Firearm Hunt Orientation video. 

Hunters participating in the Bahia Grande Exotic-Only Hunt must watch the Exotic-Only Hunt Orientation video. 

Hunters participating in the Laguna Atascosa Exotic-Only Firearm Hunt must watch the Hunter Orientation video.

Harvest Reporting:
Click here to check in game. 

Scouting will be available the day prior to your scheduled hunt. 

For questions, contact 956-244-2019.
For emergencies, contact USFWS Dispatch at 956-784-7520 or dial 911 for life threatening emergencies. 

 Laguna Atascosa 2021/2022 Hunt Information  

 Laguna Atascosa Bahia Grande 2021/2022 Hunt Information

 

Mobility Impaired Hunters   

Hunters with a mobility impairment must apply for a special use permit 30 days prior to their awarded hunt. Hunters requesting access to a hunt with an ATV/UTV, may be granted access to West Lake Rd. up to Coyote Loop in unit 2. All ATV/UTVs must remain on the roadway. Permitted hunters must park in the Prairie Trail parking lot located in unit 1 along HWY 106. 


Drawn Hunts at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge   

 The refuge offers public hunting opportunities for all hunters, including youth and individuals with limited mobility. Hunting season is open to white-tailed deer, nilgai antelope, and feral hogs. These hunts are self-guided and in a remote area with limited vehicle access allowed. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Public Drawn Hunt System process archery and firearm hunt applications and permits. All refuge hunters are selected by lottery. Up to 4 people can apply together on one application. All applications are completed online at: Texas Parks and Wildlife Drawn Hunts  

Fees and Permits Firearm permits are $80.00 each. Archery permits are $130.00 each. The application fee is $3.00 for each hunt. *All hunt fees are non-refundable.*All hunts may be cancelled without notice.*Hunt permits are not transferable    

 

2020-2021 Hunt Regulations are now published! 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges for the 2020-2021 season. Hunting and sport fishing opportunities are authorized and provided on FWS-managed lands in accordance with federal, state, and tribal (where applicable) regulations and seasons.  

The FWS carried out a public review and comment period process on these proposed openings and expansions prior to the 2020-2021 hunting and sport fishing season. The final documents are available at the following website:  

https://www.fws.gov/refuges/fishingguide/more-about-fishing-on-national-wildlife-refuges/  

For questions on hunting or sport fishing opportunities, regulations, and access, please contact the refuge.  

  

Helpful Links:  
Texas Parks and Wildlife Regulations    

 

USFWS Hunting