hunting


Hunting on public lands like Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is an important recreational and habitat management activity. The refuge offers several different types of hunts for white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hogs, and doves. Call the refuge office at 512-339-9432 to learn more or visit the refuge website for more information.


Dove hunt

Each year on the first four days of dove season, the refuge opens a 279 acre tract where native sunflowers are cultivated for dove hunting. This is a first come, first served hunt that begins at noon each day and ends at sunset. The cost is $20 cash for a permit and it’s valid for all four days. The rules for the 2021 hunt season can be found here.


archery hunt

Together with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the refuge offers archery hunting for white-tailed deer through the Annual Public Hunting Permit. Click here for more information from the TPWD hunting website.


big game hunt

Each fall the refuge offers one youth hunt and three general big game hunts. These hunt permits are chosen by TPWD’s lottery system. If chosen, the youth hunt is free and the general hunting permit fee is $80. All prospective hunters must apply through TPWD’s online drawing system. Click here for more information.

About Us

The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the mission of the Refuge in restoring and protecting the habitat. The Friends are committed to building a diverse, vibrant community that appreciates, supports, and connects with nature in a meaningful way.

Become a Member

Join the Friends in protecting the wildlife and habitat, and supporting the mission of the Refuge. Start by taking a hike or  attending an event, by watching the seasons change through what’s blooming, or by just watching a hawk soar, or even just sitting still and listening to the songbirds sing. You can have a positive impact. Come find your refuge at the Refuge and join the fun!

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