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.
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.
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.