Due to impacts from Hurricane Harvey, several public hunts have been impacted along the Texas Coast. See all impacted hunts.
Annual Public Hunting Permit /
Including Private Dove and Small Game Leases
Information valid September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018
This season, 2017, marks the 30th anniversary of the Annual Public Hunting Permit program – formerly known as "Type II". 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. During this time, a little over 1 million APH Permits and Limited Public Use (LPU) Permits have been sold.
Today's Public Hunting Program includes over a million acres located throughout Texas. The map booklet and website contain 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 are included in these pages.
Access to properties for hunting and other recreational activities is provided by two types of annual permits:
- Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit - $48
- Allows full privileges including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and other recreational uses.
- Where to purchase an APH.
- Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit - $12
- Provides access for all other **recreational activities** except hunting (see Schedule for Recreational Use | PDF).
- Where to purchase an LPU.
- 9/11/17 Executive Order No. 17-008 | PDF
- Hurricane Harvey impacts to public hunts & modifications to drawn and APH hunts.
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.
- 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 certain areas.
What Can I Do With An APH?
What Can I do With an LPU?
- 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 (where allowed).
APH and LPU Permit holders receive a printed Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands listing available areas, facilities, maps, rules, and schedules. This information is also found online on these pages.
Where to purchase an APH or LPU
- Any of the TPWD offices, including the headquarters in Austin.
- 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.
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.
Traditional Postcard Hunts
Traditional Postcard hunts have been discontinued. Hunts can now be found in the E-Postcard Hunts category of the Drawn Hunts System.
- Dove Season Checklist
- Scorecard | PDF
- On-Site Registration Form | PDF
- Schedule of Recreational Use
& Visitation of Public Hunting Lands | PDF
- Statewide E-Postcard Hunts | PDF
- Ten Commandments of Shooting Safety
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