For Hunting Season 2013-2014: permits are no longer needed. Please abide by all Federal and State Hunting Laws. Hunt only in hunting areas marked on the Bardwell Hunting Map and also read the District Hunting Guide.
All maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here.
It is the policy of the Corps of Engineers to provide the public with safe, healthful and varied outdoor recreation opportunities; promote the enhancement of fish and wildlife resources; protect endangered species and their habitats, assure aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings; maintain an environment which supports diversity; and strive for a balance between public use and maintenance of a quality environment.
Our natural resource management goal is to ensure the conservation, preservation, protection, and enhancement of those resources so present and future generations may use and enjoy them.
Stewardship (management) of forest, range, wetland, and park vegetation resources is essential to achieve these goals. Lake lands are managed to provide for clean water, erosion control, wildlife, timber, aesthetics, and recreation. Habitat diversity is a cornerstone of our stewardship program.
Public hunting is utilized by the Corps of Engineers as a management tool to achieve our natural resource goal while providing recreational opportunities to the public. There are approximately 148,000 acres of Corps of Engineers lands and water available to hunt in the Fort Worth District.
The Corps of Engineers public hunting program continues to evolve based on input from the public and as the State of Texas laws and regulations change. Changes to the Corps’ hunting program are made in an effort to provide the best possible cost efficient and safe public hunting opportunity while continuing to preserve our natural resources.
The strength of our public hunting program is its diversity. Each hunting program is developed at the lake site in close coordination with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists to achieve our management goals. Restrictions placed on the hunter are necessitated by reason of public health, public safety, maintenance, conservation of our natural resources, and/or to provide a safer hunting opportunity to the hunter. For further information about our hunting opportunities, please call or write the hunting coordinator at the lake of your choice.
Our district affords many hunting opportunities throughout the state. Each year the Corps publishes a public hunting guide containing the basic policies and contact information for the lakes within our district. Click on the following link for a copy: District Hunting Guide
Cold Early Morning Duck Hunt
This site last updated on
October 26, 2016