National Wildlife Refuges Preparing for Waterfowl Season

ANAHUAC, October 25, 2012 - The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced that portions of the Anahuac, McFaddin and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) will be open to public waterfowl hunting during the upcoming 2012-2013 waterfowl season.

The regular waterfowl season in the Texas South Duck Zone runs from November 3rd– November 25th, 2012, and reopens December 8th, 2012 - January 27th, 2013. The youth-only season is set for October 27th and 28th. To participate, hunters must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. Adults may not hunt during the special Youth-only season. Goose season in the Eastern Goose Zone runs November 3rd - January 27th for light geese, September 15th - 30th and November 3rd - January 27th for Canada geese, and November 3rd - January 13th for white-fronted geese.

During the regular waterfowl season on Anahuac NWR, the East Unit will be open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from legal shooting time until noon. A $10.00 per day fee permit or a $40.00 annual fee permit is required to hunt on the East Unit. The Pace Tract will be open seven days a week, while the Middleton Tract will be open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the regular waterfowl season.

Designated hunt areas will be open for waterfowl hunting on Texas Point NWR on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays until noon. The Spaced Hunt Unit, Central Hunt Unit, and Star Lake/Clam Lake Hunt Unit at McFaddin NWR will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, while the Mud Bayou Hunt Unit will be open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays until noon. The Spaced Hunt Unit and Star Lake/Clam Lake Unit also require a $10.00 per day fee permit. Hunters may enter the refuge hunt units no earlier than 4:00am. Hunters should refer to the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting regulations and maps for current hunt unit locations and regulations.

All hunters are required to possess a signed 2012-2013 refuge waterfowl hunt permit while hunting on all hunt units of these Refuges. These free permits may be obtained by contacting the refuge offices during regular business hours (8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday-Friday), at the Visitor Information Station on Anahuac NWR, or on-line at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges . All state and federal regulations are applicable. For additional information please contact Anahuac NWR at 409-267-3337 ext 143 or McFaddin NWR at 409- 971-2909.


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