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Hunting at Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Details and regulations governing hunting at Sam Rayburn Reservoir may be found by clicking on the Fort Worth District Hunting Guide above. Additional hunting information can be found at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunting webpage above. Sam Rayburn Reservoir borders five different counties, and State of Texas hunting regulations can vary in each county. Counties bordering Sam Rayburn are Jasper, Sabine, San Augustine, Angelina and Nacogdoches.
Whitetail deer, feral hogs, squirrels and waterfowl are the most popular game animals around the lake. Please note that Rifles and Pistols are prohibited for hunting at Sam Rayburn. See the Hunting Guide for more details. Also, please note that motorized vehicles of any sort are prohibited on US Government land except for designated roads (paved roads in the parks).
The land base at Sam Rayburn Reservoir is quite small in most areas, consisting of a narrow strip of Government property between the lakeshore and private property; however, the Angelina and Sabine National Forests border Sam Rayburn Reservoir, and provide thousands of acres of land for hunting. Information on hunting the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas may be found at https://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/hunting.shtml
It is the policy of the U.S. Army 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 GOALis 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 HUNTINGis utilized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a management tool to obtain our natural resource goal while providing recreational opportunities to the public. There are approximately 184,949 acres of Corps of Engineers lands and water available to hunt in Fort Worth District.
The CORPS PUBLIC HUNTING PROGRAMcontinues to evolve based on input from the public and as the State of Texas Laws and Regulations change for their hunting program. 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.