Hunting Regulation for San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Texas. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Hunting Regulations San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge has three public hunting areas and one Permit hunting area. All of the public hunting areas are accessible by boat only. The Cedar Lake Public Waterfowl Hunting Area is south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Smith Marsh Public Waterfowl Hunting Area is on the west side of Cedar Lakes Creek. Salt Bayou Public Waterfowl Hunting Area is accessible from Cedar Lake Creek, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway or through the shallow Cowtrap Lakes systems. • All public waterfowl hunting areas are open every morning beginning at 4:00 AM, closing at 12:00 PM (Noon) during the state waterfowl hunting seasons. Access to the public hunting areas is by public water routes. A refuge boat ramp is available on Cedar Lake Creek for small boats. Dredge disposal areas along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway are not open for publis hunting. We Require the following: The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt at San Bernard NWR offers a controlled hunting opportunity with walk-in access. The hunt is held each Saturday and the following Wednesday during waterfowl season. Hunters must apply for the lottery in accordance with Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt guidelines. The regulations listed below supplement the general regulations that govern activities on National Wildlife Refuges set forth in Title 50, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Waterfowl hunting is allowed at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations on areas posted as open to hunting and as shown on the map on the reverse side of this pamphlet. Hunters age 17 and under must be under the direct supervision of an adult 18 or older. We permit the following: • • • Hunting of ducks, geese, mergansers, and coots only. Hunters to enter the refuge hunt units no earlier than 4:00 AM. Use of approved non-toxic shot only. • • • • • • • Use of the area on a first come, first served basis. Use of retriever dogs, which must be under the control of the handler at all times. The use of motorized boats, including airboats, in open tidal waters. Motorized boats may only enter shallow water by drifting, polling, or by means of trolling motor where it does not cause damage to vegetation or the bottom. Vehicles to park in designated parking area, and in such a manner as to not obstruct normal vehicle traffic. Removal of decoys, boats, spent shells, marsh chairs, vegetation (blind material) and other equipment and trash from the refuge daily. Shotguns to be unloaded and cased or broken down when transported in vehicles. Hunters to maintain a minimum distance of 200 yards between parties. We Prohibit the following: • • • • • • • • • Building or use of pits or permanent blinds. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages in all public hunting areas and parking lots. Off road vehicle travel or ATV use on the refuge. Target shooting or target practice. Dog training–with or without the use of firearms. The use of plastic flagging, reflectors or reflective tape. Blocking gates and roadways. Entry (Scouting) in Public Hunting Areas prior to the opening of State specified waterfowl hunting season. The operation of motorized boats on or through emergent and submergent wetland vegetation, or in shallow water where bottom gouging could occur. San Bernard NWR is located 10 miles west of Lake Jackson. Take FM 2004 and FM2611 to FM 2918, then turn east one mile to CR 306. For More Information For inquiries about the program, contact: San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge 6801 CR 306 Brazoria, TX 77422 979/964/3639 979/964/3210 Fax www.fws.gov/refuge/San_Bernard Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex 2547 CR 316 Brazoria, TX 77422 979/964/4011 979/964/4021 Fax July 2020 To SH 2611 c N Br az or ia M at ag o da Co .5 Ce 0 a rd SH 45 7 31 /2 1 l sta oa rac Int Smith Marsh Waterfowl Hunt Area Creek 2 x ay w er at W 3 tal as co ra Int Tra p ke 4 Miles La ulf G ay 4 rw te Wa s Lake Salt Bayou Waterfowl Hunt Area Cow ke Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt Area y nt Co u La to Mi les Sa N h Sloug Tower Co r k bu e kl 457 306 Sa n 2611 rn a of rd e Lak 3 Sargent Be o xic e M Cedar Lake Creek Waterfowl Hunt Area r da Ce ay rw ate lW sta coa Creek ree eC ey MAY 2009 N ak rL da Can 457 Sa n 2611 2004 Ri ve 288 er Riv N 10 e r Lak Ceda 1 0 N 20 Fishing Area Headquarters Boat Ramp Hiking Trail Paddling Trail Unimproved Road Gravel Road Refuge Boundary Hunt Area Refuge Legend r da Ce ke La 2 r Rive lf Gu o ic ex M Pelican of Lake 523 30 Miles Surfside To Galveston Freeport Quintana 332 To Houston ay rw ate lW rMcNeal asta o c a Lake Intr 36 288 B Lake Jackson San Bernard NWR 2918 rd a Intr 521 River 524 332 Brazoria rna Moccasin Pond Auto Tour Rail Pond ard ern nB Sa Old Ocean Be Ce Wolfweed Wetland 6 30 San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge s CR 306 CR 18 29 azo r Br Bayou da McNeal Ce SH U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service r un ty rge nt