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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.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

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

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2016 through June 2017)
Archery

September 24 through October 23

Muzzleloading Gun

October 28-30

General Gun

November 5-27

Small Game

December 17 through February 12

Trapping

January 7 through March 1

Spring Turkey - Youth

March 11-12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Spring Turkey

March 18 through April 9 (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 2016 through June 2017)
Archery

October 1-30

General Gun

November 5 through January 1

Small Game

January 2 through February 26

Trapping

January 9 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 18 through April 23 (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 2016 through June 2017)
Archery September 24 through October 23
Muzzleloading Gun October 28-30
General Gun November 5 through January 1
Small Game January 2 through March 5
Trapping January 9 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 11-12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 18 through April 23 (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 2016 through June 2017)
Archery September 24 through October 23
Muzzleloading Gun October 28-30
General Gun November 5 through January 1
Small Game January 2 through February 26
Trapping January 9 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 11-12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 18 through April 23 (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 2016 through June 2017)
Archery

September 24 through October 23

General Gun

November 5 through January 1

Small Game

January 2 through February 26

Trapping

January 9 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 18 through April 23 (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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