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Opportunities available for hunters on public and private land.

New opportunities and scenery are available to hunters this fall through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn hunt permits program, now accepting applications for a shot at almost 10,000 permits in 62 hunt categories.

Through the drawings, participants are awarded certain dates and locations to hunt on public or private lands in Texas. Among the offerings available are hunts for white-tailed and mule deer, pronghorn, turkey, alligator, dove and guided packages for exotic species and bighorn sheep.

Hunts can be found at wildlife management areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, Forest Service lands and a variety of private lands. New areas included in this year’s drawn hunt catalog include Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Powderhorn State Park. Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, Lost Maples State Natural Area, Village Creek State Park and Stephen F. Austin State Park have re-entered the program this season.

An interactive map shows all drawn hunt opportunities by category or by area.

All applications, fee payments and permit issuance are handled electronically. To participate, applicants will need internet access, an email address and a credit or debit card. The customer ID number from the applicant’s hunting or fishing license is the most effective way to access the system.

Application fees are $3 or $10, depending on the hunt category. Some categories, such as the youth-only hunts, require no application fees or permit fees. Permits are open to resident and nonresident hunters alike.

The first application deadlines are in August. For more information, visit the TPWD drawn hunts webpage.

 TPWD Staff

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