Annual Public Hunting Permit
Effective September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017
Since 1987, the Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit has offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of inexpensive, family oriented outdoor recreational activities including hunting for a multitude of wildlife species, fishing, nature watching, camping and other activities.
The Public Hunting Program includes over 1 million acres located throughout Texas. Here, you can find information on property owned by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) as well as acreage leased by the department from other state and federal agencies, forest products industries, and other cooperating private landowners. The Public Dove and Small Game Hunting Areas can be found here.
Access is provided by two types of annual permits: the $48 Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit which allows full privileges including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and other recreational uses and the $12 Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit which also provides access for all other **recreational activities** except hunting.
- Introduction & Acknowledgements
- Important Changes for 2016
- Special Reminders
- Disclaimer of Liability & Release
- Legal Game, Means & Methods
- Bag & Possession Limits
- Prohibited Acts
- Additional Information & Restrictions on USFS Units
- Youth Hunting Information & Regulations
Region Maps & Hunts Offered
Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit - $48
- A valid Texas hunting license along with any required stamp endorsements is required in addition to the APH Permit to participate in hunting opportunities offered through the public hunting program.
- Purchase Online
- Hunt white-tailed deer, feral hogs, dove, quail, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit, squirrel and more
- Over 180 hunting areas, including wildlife management areas, state parks and approximately 120 dove and small game areas leased from private landowners
- Youth Only and Youth/Adult hunts for deer, waterfowl, dove, rabbit, squirrel and feral hogs
- Youth under age 17 may access these areas for free with a permitted adult.
- Fishing, camping, hiking, nature watching, photography and equestrian use are also available on these areas
- A $12 Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit provides access to the same areas as the APH at a reduced cost for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, picnicking, wildlife viewing and equestrian use
- Any of the TPWD offices, including the headquarters in Austin. Permit holders receive a Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands listing available areas, facilities, maps, rules, and schedules.
- Any retail hunting and fishing license dealer (such as sporting goods stores)
- The license sales phone line at 1-800-TX-LIC-4U and online here by paying with Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
E-Postcard Hunts - $48 APH
E-Postcard hunts are available through the Public Hunt Drawing System. There are no application or permit fees to apply for the postcard hunts, but adults selected for the hunts are required to purchase an Annual Public Hunting Permit and all hunters must have a valid Texas hunting license to participate. Hunters must apply using the Public Hunt Drawing System.
Traditional Postcard Hunts - $48 APH
There are no application or permit fees to apply for the postcard hunts, but adults selected for the hunts are required to purchase an Annual Public Hunting Permit ($48) and all hunters must have a valid Texas hunting license to participate.
Phone Reservation Hunts - $48 APH
Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made through the field office personnel; voice mail messages will not be accepted. Interested parties must reserve an assigned blind by contacting the area manager before being allowed access to the WMA for hunting.
Regular (Daily) Permit Hunts - $20
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. A $20 fee is charged for each Regular Permit issued, however, the Regular Permit fee will be waived for minors (under age 17) hunting under the supervision of an authorized adult who possesses a Regular Permit and for persons possessing an Annual Public Hunting Permit. Other than a non-hunting adult who is directly assisting a permitted disabled hunter, no exceptions will be made for family members or other non-permitted guests to accompany the hunter into the hunt area. A valid hunting license and any required stamp endorsements is required to participate in these hunts.
Mentored Hunting Workshops - $25
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. These workshops are followed by a hunt on the area. Mentored Hunting Permits (MHP) required for these workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are only valid for a specific public hunting unit and the corresponding workshop dates.
The Public Hunting Lands Program would not be possible without the support and confidence of many people. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would like to extend a special thanks to many groups whereby without their contributions of land donations, time and money, this Public Hunting Program would not be available.
- Campbell Global Inc.
- City of Corpus Christi
- City of San Angelo
- Dallas Safari Club
- General Land Office of Texas
- Entergy Texas LP
- Luminant Texas LP
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Private Landowners
- Purchasers of Public Hunting Permits
- Sabine River Authority
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
Information valid September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017