Public Hunting in Texas

& Access to TPWD Lands

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.


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

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for Public Hunting Lands”: Page 84 — Public Hunting Unit #2487 “CR 140” part of the Milam County Complex will be withdrawn from the program as of October 2, 2015.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.

Additional Hunting Resources

Thanks to Texas Public Hunting Partners

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