Big Thicket National Preserve issues free hunting permits for several units of the preserve, enabling hunters to harvest white-tailed deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl, and feral hogs. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the preserve visitor center beginning September 1st. Hunters must have their current Texas hunting license in order to get a hunting permit.
Hunting Unit Maps
Big Thicket National Preserve issues free trapping permits for furbearing animals for several units of the preserve. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis through the preserve's Resource Management office. Hunters must have their current Texas trapping license in order to get a permit. For more information contact the wildlife biologist at 409-951-6823.
Furbearer Trapping Unit Maps
Feral Hog Trapping
In May 2019, Big Thicket National Preserve began issuing free permits to enable the public to trap feral hogs in the preserve. Permits for 2021 will be issued beginning February 1 on a first-come, first-served basis through the preserve's Resource Management office, and will allow trappers to set 1 hog trap per year within designated areas in the preserve. For more information, or to make an appointment to get a hog trapping permit, call the preserve's Biologist at (409) 951-6823.
Find information on seasons, legal methods, requirements, and prohibited activities.
Learn about the preserve's strategies for combating feral hogs.
Last updated: September 30, 2020