• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

Hunting Permit Registration Opens July 2

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Date: June 14, 2012
Contact: Leta Parker, (409) 951-6831

Big Thicket National Preserve will begin issuing free hunting permits on Monday, July 2, 2012. Permits will be issued as available until February 28, 2013.

Permits will be be issued at the Preserve Visitor Center, located 8 miles north of Kountze on US 69, from 9 am to 5 pm daily. These hunting permits allow hunters to take white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, feral hog, and waterfowl in season. Hunters may continue to hunt hogs during the extended hog-only season from January 6 to Feburary 28, 2013.

  • Everyone who hunts in the Preserve must have a valid hunting permit issued by the Preserve. This includes all minor children.
  • Hunters must get their permits in person and may hunt in only one unit.
  • Once issued, permits cannot be changed to other units.
  • In order to get a hunting permit, adults must have a drivers license or other form of official identification. Minors must have some type of official identification, such as a birth certificate or school ID card.
  • Hunters born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a State of Texas Hunter Education Training Course in order to hunt in the Preserve.
  • While hunting in the Preserve, all children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a licensed permitted hunter 17 years of age or older.

Hunters who failed to return their harvest cards for the 2011/2012 season by the April 8 deadline are not eligible to hunt in Big Thicket National Preserve for one year. The deadline for returning this season's harvest cards is April 1, 2013. There will be no grace period.

There is a limit on the number of available hunting permits for each hunting area, as follows: Beaumont Unit - 200; Beech Creek Unit - 150; Big Sandy Creek Unit - 400; Jack Gore Baygall - 400; Lance Rosier Unit - 900; and Neches Bottom - 150.

For more information, contact Big Thicket National Preserve at (409) 951-6700 or (409) 951-6831.

Did You Know?

Venomous Snake

Many kinds of snakes are found in the Big Thicket. Most are harmless, although the venomous cottonmouth, coral, copperhead, and various rattlesnakes do make this their home.