Trinity River Refuge Hunt Opportunities
LIBERTY, August 12, 2013 - Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is offering hunting opportunities for the 2013/14 season for Archery Only, Upland Game, and Muzzleloader “mini seasons.” The application procedure, application period, number of permits issued, type of drawing, and Refuge season dates are listed at <http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/trinityriver/>. You can also type in Trinity River Refuge in any search engine to locate the website. All the units are described with maps and directions on the website. You must be 18 or older by October 1 of the hunt season to apply.
Lottery applications for the Refuge’s 23 day mini-season Archery Only hunt (deer and hog) will be accepted between August 19 and September 6, 2013. If selected, the permitted hunter will be allowed to bring 1 guest and 1 youth (age 12 to 17) OR 2 youths at no additional charge. Any applications received before August 19 or after September 6 will not be accepted.
First come, first serve applications for the 2013 Upland Game hunt (squirrel and rabbit) and Muzzleloader hunt (deer and hog) will be accepted starting August 19 until they run out. Each adult hunter must have a permit but will be allowed to bring up to two youth hunters (age 12 to 17) at no additional charge, but no adult guest. Any applications received before August 19 will not be accepted.
Since these hunts will be taking place on a National Wildlife Refuge, certain special regulations will be enforced as described in the application process. Additional hunting opportunities for the 2013 Big Game (deer and hog) will be released in the next couple of weeks. There will be NO Waterfowl hunting this year due to lack of water.
Some hunts have changed from past years, so please check which tract is open for a particular type of hunt. Also, eligibility rules have been changed to meet State standards for hunters with disabilities. A Special Use Permit will now be required for hunters with disabilities using all terrain vehicles.
Fully completed applications with a check or money order should be mailed and made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, PO Box 10015, Liberty, TX 77575. The public drawing for the Archery Only lottery hunt will be held on September 13 at 10:00am at the Refuge office located at 601 FM 1011, Liberty, TX. You do not have to be present to be selected. Those persons selected will be notified by mail within 10 days and given a Refuge hunt permit with a list of Refuge