Hunting season at Big Thicket National Preserve runs from early October to late February. With a free permit, hunters can harvest white-tailed deer, feral hogs, squirrels, rabbits, and waterfowl from designated hunting units of the preserve.
Get Your Permit
Hunters can pick up a free permit at the visitor center beginning September 1 of each year. Permits are issued first-come, first-served.
Hunters with Disabilities
Hunters with documented disabilities may qualify for a special use permit that allows the use of an ATV, UTV, or RTV in certain areas. Please contact us for more information.
Big Thicket offers 7 units of the preserve for hunting. Each unit has a limited number of permits available. See the park map for the location of each unit.
Special Hog Season
Starting January 1, hunters may hunt feral hogs in any hunting unit of the preserve—except Lake Bayou—through the end of the winter squirrel season. This applies to feral hogs only. Other game may be hunted only within the unit specified on the permit.
The Lake Bayou Hunting Area is located in the Beaumont Unit. Comprised primarily of marshlands, it is open only for waterfowl hunting and requires a boat to access.
Hunter Report Card
Return your "Hunter's Report" card by April 1 following the end of hunting season. You can drop off your card at the visitor center or mail it to us. Hunters who do not submit their report card by the deadline will not be eligible for a permit the following season.
2021-22 Hunting Seasons and Legal Means
*During the special hog season, hunters may hunt feral hogs in any of the hunting units (except Lake Bayou).
Squirrel and Rabbit
**Refer to state of Texas regulations for species-specific seasons and limits.
Hunters can get a free trapping permit to trap feral hogs and furbearing animals. Trapping Information »
Last updated: October 4, 2021