All individuals applying for 2021-2022 lottery deer hunts may do so between August 15 and September 30th.  If you are applying as a group, please carefully follow directions below! 



Application Period & Hunt Dates 

The application period for quota deer hunts will open on Sunday, August 15th and will remain open through Thursday, September 30th.  The drawing will take place the week of Oct 4th. Hunters will be notified by Saturday, October 9th. You MUST use this iSportsman site to apply.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted. 

The 2021 Lottery Modern Firearm Deer Hunts will be held on November 26-27 and December 11-12.  This year, hunters will have the option to select first and second preference for the hunts. Due to this, no secondary lottery drawings(re-draw) will be conducted. One drawing will occur per hunt. 

  • Example: If a hunter wishes to have first preference to participate in the December hunt, he/she will select this as first hunt option and November as second option. When lottery drawing is conducted, drawing will occur based on 1st preference to fill initial slots. Remaining slots will be filled based on second preference selected. 



There is no fee to apply.  If you are drawn, you must then purchase a $20.00 Annual Public Use Permit (if you have not done so already).  There is no additional lottery hunt permit fee. 

Cash or money orders are not accepted at the Headquarters Office to purchase the Annual Public Use Permit. 
Annual Public Use Permits must be purchased through iSportsman. 

Group Applications

Applying as a group is a little different with this new system.  All group members must have an individual account as detailed below.  When the first group member applies, they will need to select "Create a group entry" on the first dropdown menu ("How are you entering?)".  With that selected, they will be provided with a group number to go along with their application.  THE GROUP LEADER MUST PROVIDE THIS NUMBER TO ALL OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS/HER GROUP.  When other group members apply, they will  select "Join an existing group entry" at the first dropdown menu. Groups allow up to 5 people per group.

If you are a new user, please create your account using the New User tab above. We realize that having to create an account is an additional step for our users, but these accounts will enable you to track your application status, permits, and purchasing without having to use complicated confirmation numbers and will simplify your life in the long run!


Youth Lottery Guided Hunt

Application Period & Hunt Dates

The application period for quota deer hunts will open on Monday, August 30th and will remain open through Thursday, September 30th.  Hunters will be notified of their drawing status no later than 11:59 pm on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  You MUST use this iSportsman site to apply.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

The 2021 Lottery Youth Hunts will be held on November 27th and December 18th.  Just like in previous years, youth hunters may only apply for one of these hunts.  Duplicate applications will be disqualified. Groups are not allowed in Youth Lottery Hunt. 

Youth hunters must register with iSportsman. Youth hunters must have their own account & username but they can use a parent’s email address to register. If the youth hunter does not register, they will not be able to enter the youth lottery. Parents cannot use their iSportsman account to enter a youth into the lottery, only registered youth hunters 15 and under can enter the lottery. If assistance is needed in profile creation, Tensas River NWR staff are available by phone Tuesday –Thursday from 8:00 am- 3:00 pm.


Hunt Eligibility

Youth hunter or parent/guardian will have to show proof of eligibility on the day of the hunt. Youth hunters that cannot show proof of eligibility will not be allowed to participate in hunt. Proof of eligibility must be done by proving documents to verify date of birth. For the Youth Lottery Hunt, Youth Hunters are defined as those between the age of 8 and 15 years old. Accepted items are: driver’s license, state issued ID card, a birth certificate, Student ID, or passport.




There is no fee to apply.  If you are drawn, youth hunters are not required to purchase a $20.00 Annual Public Use Permit for this hunt.