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Hunting at Lake Georgetown

The 1200-acre Hunt Hollow Wildlife Management area managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Georgetown is available for hunting by holders of small game and archery-only hunting permits. In addition, Archery-Only areas are available to archery permit holders. All hunting is closed from the last day of February to the beginning of dove season. All hunting except archery is closed during the archery season for deer set by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Deer hunting is managed by USACE using the Managed Lands Deer Program tags issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Feral hogs may also be harvest under this permit. Seasons and bag limits are set by TPWD but may be further restricted by USACE. Hunters must use legal archery equipment and hunt during legal hours. Hunting at night is not allowed. Hunters must abide by all USACE hunting rules and policies in addition to TPWD regulations.

Deer harvest limits depend on spotlight survey data collected during the late summer each year. In previous years, hunters were required to harvest two mature doe (age 2.5 or older) before harvesting a buck. Deer bag limits and restrictions will be discussed during hunter orientation.

Designated hunting areas may be accessed using public parks and access points. Hunters will not be allowed to drive to hunting locations. Legal blinds and feeders may be used as determined by USACE and TPWD. One hunting location is authorized per hunter. Stalking and still hunting of game is not allowed. Refer to the Lake Georgetown Hunting Policy and Lake Georgetown Hunting Rules for more information on hunting restrictions.

Hunting is allowed by permit only. Permits must be obtained through the Lake Georgetown office. All persons eligible to hunt within the State of Texas except employees of the Capital Regional Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their family members are eligible to apply for permits.

Lake Georgetown Hunting Policy

Applications: Archery Applications for the Lake Georgetown 2022-2023 Archery Hunting Season will be accepted June 15, 2022 - June 30, 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Lake Georgetown Archery Deer Hunt Page in Recreation.gov. A $10.00 application fee applies. Physical applications will not be accepted at the lake office. Applicants will be entered in a standard lottery through Recreation.gov. They will be notified of their selection after the application period has ended. If an individual wins the lottery, they will be required to submit a non-refundable payment of $100.00 lake recreation fee to reserve their permit. The Recreation.gov permit letter alone does not guarantee the applicant the right to hunt. Applicants must attend hunter orientation and complete additional requirements to received official hunting permit from the lake office. Refunds will not be granted. Applications must be submitted through Recreation.gov online or through the call center on behalf of the individual. Only one hunter will be allowed to hunt under each permit. Applicants may only submit one application per season. Applicants must be 9 years of age or older to enter the lottery. Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian while hunting. Only the permitted hunter will be allowed to harvest an animal. Both parties must possess a valid TPWD hunting license and meet TPWD hunter's education hunting requirements. Visit the Lake Georgetown Archery Deer Hunt Page in Recreation.gov for more information Click Here .

NOTICE: The Hunting Mobile Map has been changed.

To view and interact with the Lake's Hunting Map from your smartphone, please scan the QR code below with your smart phone.

A Print Version of the hunting map may be found Here

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has depicted this spatial data as a representation of the various geographic information gathered from multiple sources. This data should be viewed only as a representation of the data, and should not be used for any other purpose. No guarantee is made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the accuracy or completeness of the data or their suitability for a particular use.

Drawing:

The drawing for the 2022-2023 Archery Deer Hunt at Lake Georgetown will be ran through Recreation.gov and those successful in the draw will be notified via email.

Exemptions:

Hunters from the 2021-2022 season who harvested TWO mature does may be considered exempt for the 2022-2023 season. Those hunters that qualified to be exempt have been notified via email. These hunters will still need to come to the Lake Georgetown project office for the mandatory orientation date to pay and obtain their permit.

Orientation:

Date of the orientation will be August 20th, 2022 at 10:00 AM, further information will be provided to those hunters successful in drawing. All hunters will be required to sign the Lake Georgetown 2022-2023 hunting Policy Form to verify that they have reviewed the orientation and hunting policies during the mandatory orientation. Hunters will be expected to know and follow all rules and restrictions listed on these documents.

Permit Pick-up:

Drawn and exempt hunters will only be able to pick up their permits at the Lake Georgetown Office during the mandatory hunt orientation. Please check back later for more information. The following will be required to receive your archery hunting permit:

  • Hunters will be required to successfully complete a proficiency test, dated May 1, 2022, or later, with a score of 80% or more. The test must be taken on a standard IBO course (10-8-5-0 scoring, see www.IBO.net) with no target more than 30 yards and a minimum of 14 targets. A scorecard, signed by a range officer, will suffice as proof of proficiency. Lake Georgetown will not conduct proficiency tests on site.
  • Hunters must meet all Texas Parks and Wildlife licensing, stamp and education requirements.
  • Hunters must sign waiver of liability and hunting rules provided by the lake office.
  • Hunters must attend orientation at the Lake Georgetown Office to recieve their hunting permit.

Required Documents:

Drawn hunters will NOT be permitted to set up hunting blinds until they have received their permit from the lake office. Hunting Blinds must be tagged with the hunter-s permit number. All unidentified and unmarked blinds may be removed by Corps personnel. Additional information will be covered during the Hunter Orientation. For additional information, please visit the Lake Georgetown Archery Deer Hunt Page in Recreation.gov

  • Hunters will be required to provide a completed proficiency test, dated May 1, 2022, or later, with a score of 80% or more. The test must be taken on a standard IBO course (10-8-5-0 scoring, see www.IBO.net) with no target more than 30 yards and a minimum of 14 targets. A scorecard, signed by a range officer, will suffice as proof of proficiency. Lake Georgetown will not conduct proficiency tests on site.
  • Hunters must a Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunting License, and proof of hunters education.
  • Hunters must sign waiver of liability and hunting rules provided by the lake office.
  • Hunters must attend orientation at the Lake Georgetown Office to recieve their hunting permit.
  • Hunters must provide their Recreation.gov issued permit letter (proof of recreation fee payment).
  • Hunters are required to provide proof of current Drivers License.

Archery Equipment Set Up:

After the mandatory hunt orientation on August 20th, 2022. All hunters will be required to sign the Lake Georgetown 2022-2023 hunting Policy Form to verify that they have reviewed the orientation and hunting policies during the mandatory orientation. Hunters will be expected to know and follow all rules and restrictions listed on these documents.

Lake Office Address:


Lake Georgetown Office
Attn: Hunting Program Coordinator
500 Lake Overlook Rd.
Georgetown, TX 78633

Lake Office Email: ceswf-od-nf@usace.army.mil

Questions can be directed to Josh Houghtaling by lake office email above.

Small Game Hunting

New information

The Small Game Permit allows the holder to hunt dove, waterfowl, rabbit and squirrel during the season set by TPWD except during the white-tailed deer archery season. Small game hunting is permitted only in the General Hunting Area. Hunting quail, turkey, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes is prohibited at this time. Small Game hunting is not allowed during Archrey Only season set by TPWD. Hunters must meet state hunter education requirements and a 2022-2023 TPWD hunting license. For more information on Small Game Permits please read the Lake Georgetown Hunting Policy.  All applications must be submitted to the Lake Georgetown Project Office between July 11, 2022 and August 5, 2022. A $25 non-refundable administrative fee must be included with the application. Applications can only be obtained at the project office M-F 8:30 AM -3:30 PM. Recommended that you call 512/930-2283 prior to driving to the office to make sure some one is available to take your fees/application. The Lake Georgetown Office will only issue 50 small game permits each season. Small game permits will be administered through a random drawing process. Drawn hunters will receive an email notification with further information no later than August 19, 2022.

For information concerning hunting and fishing at other Corps of Engineer Lakes in the Forth Worth District, SWF Hunting Guide .

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