The Annual Public Hunting Permit provides nearly year-round hunting on nearly one million acres of land.
Popular dove hunting areas are offered through this system.
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Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit - $48
- A valid Texas hunting license along with any required stamp endorsements is required in addition to the APH Permit to participate in hunting opportunities offered through the public hunting program.
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- Hunt white-tailed deer, feral hogs, dove, quail, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit, squirrel and more
- Over 180 hunting areas, including wildlife management areas, state parks and approximately 120 dove and small game areas leased from private landowners
- Youth Only and Youth/Adult hunts for deer, waterfowl, dove, rabbit, squirrel and feral hogs
- Youth under age 17 may access these areas for free with a permitted adult.
- Fishing, camping, hiking, nature watching, photography and equestrian use are also available on these areas
- A $12 Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit provides access to the same areas as the APH at a reduced cost for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, picnicking, wildlife viewing and equestrian use
- Any of the TPWD offices, including the headquarters in Austin. Permit holders receive a Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands listing available areas, facilities, maps, rules, and schedules.
- Any retail hunting and fishing license dealer (such as sporting goods stores)
- The license sales phone line at 1-800-TX-LIC-4U and online here by paying with Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
APH and LPU permits are available at:
Regular Permit Hunts - $20
- A Regular/Daily Hunting Permit purchased at the hunting area is available for some of the small game hunts.
- Youth under age 17 are free with permitted adult.
- Hunts for dove, quail, squirrel, and waterfowl are offered at designated times on designated hunting areas.
- Several hunts are designated as Youth Only where only supervised youth are allowed to hunt and some are Youth/Adult hunts where each hunting party MUST contain at least one youth participant.
Mentored Hunting Workshops - $25
- Designed to introduce and educate beginning hunters
- Workshops are followed by a supervised hunt
- The Mentored Hunting Permit (MHP) is required for each workshop and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis