Regular (Daily) Permit Hunts
Public Hunting in Texas 2017-18

What is a Regular Permit?

A Regular Permit is available for certain small game and waterfowl hunts on specific areas on a first-come first-served basis.

Regular Permit hunts available for the current season are listed below.

Cost

A $20 fee is charged for each Regular Permit issued, however, the fee will be waived for youth hunters (under age 17) and for persons possessing an Annual Public Hunting Permit.

Requirements & limits

  • A valid hunting license and any required stamp endorsements are required to participate in these hunts.
  • All participants must check in and out each day at the area check station before entering the hunt area and before leaving for the day.
  • The check station will open one hour before legal shooting hours, except on waterfowl hunts when the station will open approximately two hours before legal shooting hours.
  • The department reserves the right to limit the number of hunters, cancel or modify hunts or hunt dates, alter bag limits, or modify hunt procedures at any time to address resource and safety concerns.
  • Refer to Prohibited Acts on Public Hunting Lands for additional information and restrictions.

Youth and Youth/Adult Hunts by Regular Permit

There is no minimum age to participate in these hunts. Youth must be accompanied by a supervising adult who is 18 years of age or older. Youth hunts are designated as either Youth Only or Youth/Adult. During Youth Only Hunts, only the youth is authorized to hunt.

During Youth/Adult Hunts, both youth and adults may hunt and require that each hunting party contain at least one hunting youth under 17 years of age.

Reminder

Vaccination of hunting dogs against rabies is required by Department of State Health Services and owners must be able to show documentation of current vaccinations whenever the animal is transported.

Hunts Available by Regular Permit
For 2017-18

Chaparral WMA

White-winged Dove

Dates
Sept. 2, 3, 9, and 10.
Bag and possession limits
Correspond to limits during the Special Season in the Special White-winged dove days in the South Zone.
Unlimited rabbits and hares may also be taken during these dates.
Hours
Afternoon hunting only. Shooting Hours are from noon to sunset.

Dove

Dates
Sept. 22-24, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 7-8, and Oct. 11 only,
provided that these dates occur during the season established for dove in the South Zone.
Bag and possession limits for dove
Correspond to limits during the Regular Season in the South Zone.
Unlimited rabbits and hares may also be taken during these dates.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Quail

Dates
Oct. 28-29, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec 30-31, and Jan. 6-7.
Bag and possession limits for quail
Correspond to limits for quail during the statewide season.
Unlimited rabbits and hares may also be taken during these dates.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Space Limited
All hunts are limited to the first 150 persons to register per day.

Youth/Adult Quail

Dates
Oct. 21-22,
provided these dates occur during the season established for dove in the Special White-winged Dove Area.
Unlimited rabbits and hares may also be taken during these dates.
Each hunting party of up to 4 persons must include at least one youth under 17 to participate.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Space Limited
All hunts are limited to the first 150 persons to register per day.
More information
Contact the WMA at 830/676-3413.

Huntsville State Park

Squirrel

Dates
Dec. 6 and 7.
Bag and possession limits
Correspond to limits for squirrel in Walker County.
Means
Shotguns with no larger than #4 lead shot are the only legal means allowed.
Restrictions
Use of dogs is prohibited.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.
Note
Park is closed to public during these hunts.
More information
Contact the park at 936/295-5644.

J. D. Murphree – Big Hill, Hillebrandt & Salt Bayou Units

Bag and Possession Limits
Correspond to limits for waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers), gallinule, snipe, and rail in Jefferson County.
Gallinule, snipe, and rail may be taken during concurrent hunt dates for waterfowl listed below.

Early Teal

Dates
Teal ducks may be taken each day of the Early Teal season, Sept. 9-24.
Hours
Hunts begin at 4:30 A.M. and end at noon each day.

Waterfowl

Dates - Big Hill Unit
Only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the Regular Duck season as provided for Jefferson County EXCEPT no hunts will be held on Thanksgiving Day.
Dates - Salt Bayou Unit
Only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays of the Regular Duck Season as provided for Jefferson County EXCEPT no hunts will be held on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Youth Only Waterfowl

Dates
Oct. 28-29.
Requirements
Only youth under 16 years old are eligible to hunt.
Youth must be supervised by a non-hunting, permitted adult who is 18 years of age or older.

Youth/Adult Waterfowl

Dates - Salt Bayou Unit
Only on the first Saturday of each split of the Regular Duck season and Jan. 27 provided these dates fall within the South Zone Duck season.
Dates - Big Hill and Hillebrandt Units
Nov. 22, 24, 26, and Dec. 22, 27, 29, 31 and Jan. 28.
Requirements
Each hunt party must have at least one participating youth and no more than two adults for each youth.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.
Check In
Starts at 4:30 a.m. and hunters must be checked out by noon through the WMA hunter check station.
More information
For more information contact the WMA at 409/736-2551.

Resaca de la Palma State Park

White-winged Dove

Dates
Sept. 2, 3, 9 and 10.
Bag and possession limits
Correspond to limits during the Special Season in the Special White-winged Dove Days in the South Zone.
Shooting Hours
From noon to sunset.

Mourning Dove

Dates
Sept. 23 and 24, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and Oct. 7 and 8.
Bag and possession limits for dove
Correspond to limits during the Regular Season in the South Zone.
Shooting Hours
From 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Note
Park will remain open.
Hunters will enter hunting area through the south gate ONLY.
More information
Contact the park at 956/350-2920.
Information valid September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018