Public Hunting in Texas

Find a place to hunt on nearly 900,000 acres of publicly accessible land located throughout Texas

Hunt areas include property owned by TPWD, acreage leased by the department from other state and federal agencies, forest products industries, and other cooperating private landowners.

 

Annual Public Hunting Permit

The Annual Public Hunting Permit (also known as walk-in) provides nearly year-round hunting on nearly one million acres of land. Hunt white-tailed deer, feral hogs, dove, quail, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit, squirrel and more on more than 180 hunting areas, including wildlife management areas, state parks and approximately 120 dove and small game areas leased from private landowners.

Drawn Hunts

The Public Hunt Drawing System provides opportunities to apply for a wide variety of supervised, drawn hunts including special drawings for both adults and youth hunters.

Additionally, TPWD offers special hunt package drawings for exotic wildlife and quality native animals on TPWD managed lands as well as specially leased private properties.

Regular (Daily) Permit Hunts

A Regular Permit is available for certain small game and waterfowl hunts. Regular permits are issued at the hunt area on a first-come first-served basis.

Mentored Hunting Workshops

Select state parks and wildlife management areas will be conducting mentored hunting workshops designed to introduce and educate beginning hunters and their mentors to the hunting experience.

Interactive Map of Public Hunting Areas

Finding A Place to Hunt

Finding a place to hunt is getting increasingly difficult for many Texas hunters. A father-daughter dove hunting family from Houston has found the perfect solution, the Annual Public Hunting Permit, which allows them access to over 1 million acres of land across the state.

Notices

3.9.16 - March Flooding Affecting WMAs and APH Feral Hog Hunting
Due to flooding, Richland Creek and Big Lake Bottom WMAs are currently closed until further notice. The March 1 – April 30th feral hog season on these WMAs is cancelled until further notice.

Gus Engeling WMA currently has limited access. Please call ahead before traveling to Gus Engeling WMA for feral hog hunting or other activities. (903) 928-2251

12.15.15 - Executive Order No. 15-010
The Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ORDERS the following modification to the Public Hunt Draw System: Due to the recent flooding on the Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area, the following public hunting activities are cancelled until further notice:

  • Special Permit Gun Deer Either Sex (GDE) hunt scheduled for December 14-16, 2015. Loyalty Points will be restored for all accepted hunt positions;

11.18.15 - Executive Order No. 15-008
The Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ORDERS the following modification to the Public Hunt Draw System: Due to flooding at Lake Somerville State Park, the following public hunting activities are cancelled: Special permit YDE hunt on the Nails Creek Unit of Lake Somerville State Park scheduled for Dec. 5-6, 2015.

10.29.15 - Executive Order No. 15-007
The Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ORDERS the following modification to the department publications entitled “2015-2016 Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands” and the Public Hunt Draw System: Due to the recent flooding on the Middle Trinity River Ecosystem project Wildlife Management Areas, the following public hunting activities are cancelled until further notice.

10.26.15 - Due to flooding, the following hunts have been cancelled:

  • APH youth only deer hunt on Big Lake Bottom WMA scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
  • APH youth only waterfowl at Richland Creek WMA scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
  • Special permit YDA hunt on Gus Engeling WMA scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
  • APH postcard waterfowl hunt on Richland Creek WMA scheduled for Nov. 6-8

10.2.15 - Executive Order No 015-005: Closure of Unit #2487
The Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ORDERS the following modification to the department publications entitled “2015-2016 Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands”: Page 84 — Public Hunting Unit #2487 “CR 140” part of the Milam County Complex will be withdrawn from the program as of October 2, 2015. There will be no hunting or public access.


8.31.15 - Executive Order No 015-004
Updates to: Nannie Stringfellow WMA postcard hunts & Caddo National Grasslands WMA Archer Only dates.

Additional Hunting Resources

Thanks to Texas Public Hunting Partners

 
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