WALLISVILLE, Texas– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, Wallisville Lake Project office is issuing small game hunting permits for the 2020 season as part of the Wildlife Management Program beginning Feb 1 and expiring Mar 31.
“This is the second year we’ve implemented the Wildlife Management Program at the Wallisville Lake Project” said Eric Angle, natural resource specialist with USACE Galveston District. “The aim of the program is to increase public hunting available at the Wallisville Lake Project.”
According to Angle, a total of 100 Small Game Hunting Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Small Game hunting permits are free of charge and can be obtained in person at the Wallisville Lake Project Office. Office hours are Mon-Sun: 8am-4pm except holidays. Applicant must have proof of hunter education unless exempted by state law, valid photo identification, and a current hunting license or a permit will not be issued. With local, state and federal laws enforced on all Corps-managed lands, it is every hunter's responsibility to know and understand the rules and regulations before hunting.
Hunters are only allowed to take squirrel, nutria, and rabbit species under the Small Game Hunting Permit from Wallisville Project Lands. Hunting hours shall begin at ½ hour before sunrise and shall conclude ½ hour after sunset, daily.
Shotguns are the only firearms allowed on the property under a Small Game Hunting Permit. The weapon must be unloaded while in transit to the hunting location. All shotguns must be removed from the project by 1p.m. Lead shot is not allowed on federal properties. Shot, larger than #2, is not permitted.
The Wallisville Lake staff advises hunters to check with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department concerning state regulations, hunting seasons and bag limits; contact the Wallisville Lake Project Office at (409) 389-2285 or view the USACE regulations at: http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Locations/WallisvilleLakeProjectOffice.aspx.
Located 40 miles east of downtown Houston at the Trinity River and Interstate 10, the Wallisville Lake Project is designed to primarily prevent the intrusion of saltwater up the Trinity River in order to conserve fresh water and to protect fresh water intakes for local municipalities, including the City of Houston. In addition to protecting the fresh water supply, the project supports navigation of commercial and recreational boats, serves as a water supply, is a favorite recreational destination among Houstonians and supports an array of fish and wildlife habitats.
For more information about the Wallisville Lake Project Office, call (409) 389-2285 or visit the office’s site online at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Locations/WallisvilleLakeProjectOffice.aspx. For more news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.