Texas Parks and Wildlife


The online-only drawing system.


The application period for 2018-19 closed on October 15, 2018. You can still login and check your application status or purchase a permit.
The 2019-20 drawn hunts catalog will be posted Summer, 2019.

2018-2019 Important Changes:

E-Postcard hunts and USFS Antlerless Deer permit applications will be available on August 15th. Additionally, adult applicants must possess an Annual Public Hunting Permit valid for the 2018-2019 season to submit e-Postcard and USFS Antlerless Deer permit applications. Youth applications will be limited to three per youth category.

Getting Started

Some things you should know before you apply:


  • Online-only applications.
  • Application deadlines on the 1st & 15th of each month.
  • Email notification will be sent to drawn applicants.
  • Your License ID number can be used as your identifier.
  • Pay with credit card on secure website.
  • Check status of application at any time.
  • Permits purchased online and sent by email.
  • Highlights

Detailed information about the system.

  1. Loyalty Points
    Formerly known as Preference Points
  2. Fees
    Application fees, permit fees
  3. Age Requirements
    Minimum age requirements for public hunts
  1. Youth and Youth/Adult Hunts
    Hunter education requirements, permits & fees
  2. Public Hunting Regulations
    Means restrictions, hunt methods, bag limits, prohibited acts
  3. Secondary Draw & Standby Permits
    Secondary draw process, standby instructions
  1. If You Are Drawn
    Before your hunt, cancellation of hunts, provisions for disabled hunters
  2. Previous Years Statistics
    Public hunt special permit statistics from previous years
  3. FAQs
    Frequently asked questions about the Texas drawn hunts system & application process

Additional Hunting Opportunities
Big Time Texas Hunts     Annual Public Hunting Permit

Secure Online Ordering
Throughout the transaction, sensitive personal information and credit card numbers are processed securely. The site is certified by Verisign. The Public Hunt Drawing System does not maintain credit card numbers on file after order processing.

Multiple Purchases
You can purchase applications or permits for yourself or additional individuals in a single transaction.

Online Payment
Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. Payment for this transaction will be processed by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service includes funds paid to Texas.gov that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. For example, if the transaction amount is $100, the total amount due will be $102.51.

Online Order Confirmation
A confirmation for your order will be emailed to the billing email address that you specify.

If you are applying for a hunt for a person other than yourself, you are confirming that you have the authority or consent of that person to apply for a hunt and to view that person's information. Under section Penal Code section 32.51, it is a state jail felony to use identifying information of another person without that person's consent.