National Wildlife Refuges Preparing for September Teal-Only Season
ANAHUAC, August 28, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and 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 September teal-only season. The teal-only season will take place on the refuges September 15th - 30th, 2012, and all Refuges have recovered to normal hunt operations since drought in the 2011 teal-only season.
During the September teal-only season, the Pace Tract and portions of the Middleton Tract will be open daily on Anahuac NWR. Portions of Texas Point NWR, as well as the Central Hunt Unit, Star Lake/Clam Lake Hunt Unit, and the Mud Bayou Hunt Unit on McFaddin NWR will also be open daily during the teal-only season. Hunters should refer to the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting regulations and maps for current hunt unit locations. The East Unit on Anahuac NWR and the Spaced Hunt Unit on McFaddin NWR are closed during the early teal season.
Waterfowl hunters are reminded that scouting potential sites can only be conducted the 7 days before the regular season youth hunt, from 7:30am – 4:00pm. All hunters are required to possess a signed waterfowl hunting permit while hunting on all hunt units of these refuges. This free permit may be obtained by contacting the Refuge offices during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday), at the Visitor Information Station on Anahuac NWR, or on-line at www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/txrefuges.html.
Last years permits are no longer valid and all hunters must obtain new permits for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season. All state and federal regulations are applicable. For additional information and complete refuge hunting regulations, please contact Tami Schutter at 409-267-3337.