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 1. Hunters must have their current Texas hunting license in order to get a hunting permit.
2020-21 Hunting Seasons and Legal Means
Refer to State of Texas regulations for species-specific seasons and limits.
*During the special/extended hog season, hunters may hunt feral hogs in any of the hunting units (except Lake Bayou).
Squirrel and Rabbit
Hunting Unit Maps
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Feral Hog Trapping
Big Thicket National Preserve issues free permits for the public to trap feral hogs in the preserve. Permits for 2021 will be issued first-come, first-served beginning February 1 and will allow trappers to set 1 hog trap per year within designated areas in the preserve.
Hog Trapping Units
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Find information on seasons, legal methods, requirements, and prohibited activities.
Learn about the preserve's strategies for combating feral hogs.
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.
Furbearer Trapping Unit Maps
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Last updated: April 4, 2021