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Deer Hunting - Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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The hunt application process Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is no longer being handled by workers at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge in place in Grayson County

Taking over the application process for the 11,320-acre Hagerman NWR archery deer hunts this year will be the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which will now include the long-standing hunts as a part of TPWD’s Public Hunts System.

Hagerman archers will now apply for permits through TPWD’s Drawn Hunts Catalog. The online information on the local refuge bowhunt went live on July 1. The application process will remain open until the Sept. 1, 2020 deadline. Check Hagerman bowhunts.

These hunts will be conducted by National Wildlife Refuge staff. National Wildlife Refuge rules and regulations will apply. Hunts may or may not be supervised. Proof of completion of Bowhunter Education will be required for al drawn hunters. Contact Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge at 903-786-2826 for more information. Hunting Compartments: Harris Creek, Big Mineral, and Sandy. No standbys available.

With a total of 233 drawn permits being awarded this fall, hunts will take place in the Harris Creek, Big Mineral and Sandy units of the refuge. Hunt segment dates — known as Hunt Segment A, B, and C in the past — are Nov. 6-8, Nov. 20-22, and Dec. 4-6.

The bag limit for this year’s Hagerman NWR deer hunt segments remains the same as the regulations that other Grayson County archers will see in place this fall. That’s a limit of up to four white-tailed deer with only two of those being antlered and only two of those being antlerless. The bucks must have an inside spread of 13 inches or greater or have at least one unbranched antler to be legal.

Online applications for Hagerman permits can include from one to four people this year with the application fee being $3.00 per adult and the actual hunt fee being $80.00 per adult (if drawn).

There is no cost for youth to apply or to hunt (if drawn), but a youth hunter must fall between the ages of 9 and 16.




Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at: tbehrcomm@gmail.com


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