Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge announces changed to Waterfowl Hunt drawing

Photo pf wood duck courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Due to COVID 19 and other circumstances, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is changing its Waterfowl Hunt operations for the 2020-2021 season. The Refuge will not hold its customary lottery draw.

“We will be offering single day first-come, first-served permits by email for weekend hunt opportunities during the 2020- 2021 waterfowl hunt season. The cost per day will be $10 per person with a maximum of four hunters per hunt party,” said TRNWR’s Bonnie Campisi in an emailed statement.

Emails will be accepted with the waterfowl application (OMB 3-2439) the Tuesday before the hunt weekend from 8 to 10 a.m. Hunters who receive a spot will be notified Tuesday afternoon by 4 p.m. for their selected day hunt.

Only one application per email is allowed. (Example: If you want to hunt both days, two emails must be sent for each day.) Multiple applications in one email will not be accepted.

Payment will be due the morning of the hunt upon check in. Check or money order will be the only acceptable form of payment. No credit card or cash payments will be accepted. Hunters will receive the permit upon payment.

The Waterfowl Hunt Announcement and Application will be posted soon on the TRNWR Facebook Page and website.

For more information, contact Bonnie Campisi at or call 936-336- 9786.

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  1. So now in order to hunt just squirrel you have to put up a 25 dollar drawing fee and if you are drawn you then have to pay 130 dollars more. I can see that’s cheap to some people, but it’s not to me. It seems that all hunting entities are doing their best to keep poor people from hunting.

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