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Throughout the year, each unit on the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area offers a special combination of recreational opportunities. White-tailed deer and wild hog are popular on all units. Duck hunting is best on Hickory Mound Impoundment. In late September the early duck hunting season begins to coincide with the blue-winged teal migration from the northern U.S. and Canada. Each unit except Snipe Island has a boat ramp providing access to the Gulf. Spotted sea trout are abundant in March, April, October, and November. Crabbing is best in the summer, and the scalloping season is in July and August (the exact dates vary from year to year). Hickory Mound Impoundment and Hagen's Cove are excellent spots for viewing wading and water birds year-round. During spring and fall, the trams on Tide Swamp are good spots for observing migratory warblers and other birds. Fall through spring is generally the best time to sea kayak. The summer is hot, buggy, and frequently stormy. The 105-mile Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail offers outstanding opportunities for paddlers to explore the Big Bend Gulf Coast and observe wildlife such as wintering ducks.

 

Snipe Island:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery

September 23 through October 22

Muzzleloading Gun

October 27-29

General Gun

November 4-26

Small Game

December 16 through February 11

Trapping

January 6 through March 1

Spring Turkey - Youth

March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Spring Turkey

March 17 through April 8 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

 

Hickory Mound:
Hunting Regulations and MapHunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery

September 30 through October 29

General Gun

November 4 through December 31

Small Game

January 1 through February 25

Trapping

January 8 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Spring Creek:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 23 through October 22
Muzzleloading Gun October 27-29
General Gun January 1 through March 4
Small Game January 2 through March 5
Trapping January 8 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Tide Swamp:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 23 through October 22
Muzzleloading Gun October 27-29
General Gun November 4 through December 31
Small Game January 1 through February 25
Trapping January 8 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Jena:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery

September 23 through October 22

General Gun

November 4 through December 31

Small Game

January 1 through February 25

Trapping

January 8 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

*(Calendars do not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.)



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