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Cape Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 1,380
  • Habitat:  Bottomland hardwood forest, early successional reforested crop fields, wetlands and shallow water sloughs. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • All hunters must sign in prior to hunting and must sign out and report harvest each day at the registration boxes before leaving the site.
  • Stands may be left unattended September 15 – January 31.Stands must be legibly marked with hunter’s name, address and telephone number.
  • No ATV’s or bicycles are allowed.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations
  • Firearm
    • Statewide regulations
  • Muzzleloader
    • Statewide regulations


  • Statewide regulations


  • Statewide regulations
    • No permanent blinds or pits may be dug or constructed. All blinds must be portable or established with natural vegetation and must be removed or dismantled at the end of each day’s hunt.


  • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail, Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations


  • Trapping
    • Site’s trapping permit is issued from the Union County Refuge office.
    • Only Egg Traps, D-P (dog proof) Traps, Lil Grizz Get’rz, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.
  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.