Trinity River Refuge Hunt Opportunities
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has listed the 2014/15 hunting opportunities on our website. Please visit Refuge links for: Our various types of hunts including the applications and regulations at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Trinity_River/visit/hunt.html; Maps of all the hunt units at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Trinity_River/map.html; and Directions to each unit at <http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trinity_river/plan/directions.html>. A new change this year is Lottery drawing applications are required for all Refuge hunts. Please be aware that different hunts have different dates for application submittals. The application period for Archery and Upland Game hunting is Aug 18 to Sept 13 while the application period for Big Game hunting and Muzzleload is Sept 2 to Sept 27. Any applications received before or after those dates will not be accepted.
Various tracts in Liberty County, totaling over 7,000 acres, will be open to Big Game Hunting for deer and hog and Upland Game hunting for squirrel and rabbit. These also include archery, general gun, and muzzleloader. Due to low water and dense vegetation growing throughout Champion Lake, there probably will not be any Waterfowl hunting this year.
If selected, you will be allowed to bring one adult guest and a youth (ages 12-17) or two youth hunters at no additional cost. A different number of applications are given out for various units, so please check the website for areas and types of weapons you may use at each site. Since you will be hunting on a National Wildlife Refuge, special regulations will be enforced as described in the application process. Eligibility rules have been changed to meet State standards for hunters with disabilities. A Special Use Permit will now be required for hunters with disabilities using all-terrain vehicles.
Fully completed applications, with a check or money order, (No Cash) should be mailed and made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, PO Box 10015, Liberty, TX 77575 ONLY DURING THE DATES ALLOWED. The public drawing for the Archery and Upland Game lottery hunt is on Sept 18 while the Muzzleloader and Big Game Hunt is on Oct 2 at 10:00am at the Refuge office located at 601 FM1011, Liberty, TX. You do not have to be present to be selected. Those persons selected will be notified by mail within 10 days and given a Refuge hunt permit with a full list of refuge regulations and map.
AmeriCorps Recognizes Trinity River Refuge
LIBERTY, June 17, 2013 - AmeriCorps National Conservation Civilian Corp-Southwest Region recognized Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for a job well done by awarding the Refuge the Sponsor of the Round Award! They were nominated by AmeriCorps Sun 8 Team for the outstanding support the Refuge provided, helping the team to be as successful as possible in achieving their mission of National Service. "This was a great all around experience", according to Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus, "and we hope to host a team again next year."
Trinity River NWR broke the urban myth that held no first time sponsor could be given this award. The Refuge strived to make the team feel like they were at home with family by assisting team members with professional, cultural, and personal development while doing everything possible to make the team's work as efficient and meaningful as possible. During the 5 weeks the 10 member Sun 8 team was here in April and May, the team engaged over 2,500 children while hosting educational events featuring live animals, sprayed over 50 acres of water hyacinth in Gaylor Lake, sprayed 50 acres of Chinese tallow trees around the Refuge, assisted in facilities maintenance and landscaping, ran the Earth Day events, and built and maintained 1.5 miles of new hiking trails as a part of the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Projects. The team also provided local community support by helping out with the Relay For Life and Shred-it Day events in Liberty during the weekends.
$45,00 Grant Awarded to Friends of Trinity River Refuge
The Friends of Trinity River Refuge (FOTRR) was just awarded a National Recreational Trails Fund Grant by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These grants provide funding for projects that create new and maintain existing recreational trails. FOTRR was awarded a $45,000 grant to enhance the From Crosswalks To Boardwalks Project. The funds from this grant will be used to construct a 500-foot boardwalk over Palmer Bayou and adjacent wetlands on the Knobby Knees Trail. The From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Project was designed by the Refuge and the City of Liberty to connect citizens to nature. This boardwalk will be located ½ mile past the Knobby Knees Trailhead in the Liberty Municipal Park and will connect visitors to the additional 9 ½ miles of trails located past Palmer Bayou on the Refuge. The boardwalk will be constructed from recycled plastic materials and completed in early 2014.
New Road Signs
On 1-11-13, TxDot placed two signs along FM 1011 on the outskirts of the Liberty City limits directing visitors to the new Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters facility. We have already seen a rise in visitors stopping by the new office, but this will really help people find the new Refuge office.
Earth Day 2012
The Trinity River Refuge Earth Day event held on April 21st at the Champion Lake Public Use Area was again a big success. The weather was cool and brisk winds kept the mosquitoes at bay. The kids had a great time participating in the "Wildlife Tracking Experience" by learning animal tracks, wearing an animal mask, and walking like a raccoon, deer, or alligator. A local hardware store, Potetz Hardware, donated numerous plants for the habitat display area where kids could follow the animal tracks. They also got hands-on experience in handling frogs, an alligator, and turtles. Nearly 100 folks were given a boat tour of the lake while fishing, dip netting, and kayaking were also very popular. Over 180 folks, a new record, participated during the 3 hour event.