Picnic tables at Hagan Cove
Betsy Purdum - Picnic Tables at Hagen's Cove

Throughout the year, each unit on the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area offers a special combination of recreational opportunities. Duck hunting is available 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.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

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

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery

September 26 through October 25

Muzzleloading Gun

October 30 through November 1

General Gun

November 7-29

Small Game

December 19 through February 14

Trapping

January 9 through March 1

Spring Turkey - Youth

March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Spring Turkey

March 19 through April 10 (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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery

October 3 through November 1

General Gun

November 7 through January 3

Small Game

January 4 through February 28

Trapping

January 11 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 19 through April 24 (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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 26 through October 25
Muzzleloading Gun October 30 through November 1
General Gun November 7 through January 3
Small Game January 4 through March 6
Trapping January 11 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 26 through October 25
Muzzleloading Gun October 30 through November 1
General Gun November 7 through January 3
Small Game January 4 through February 28
Trapping January 11 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery

September 26 through October 25

General Gun

November 7 through January 3

Small Game

January 4 through February 28

Trapping

January 11 through March 1

Spring Turkey

March 19 through April 24 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

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



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