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Big Bend - Planning Your Visit

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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 typically from June to September (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.

Calendar

Big Bend Hunt Calendars

Hickory Mound Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Jena Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Snipe Island Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Spring Creek Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Tide Swamp Unit Year-at-a-Glance

Hickory Mound Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 29 through October 28
General Gun November 3-11, 12-18 and November 19 through December 30
Small Game November 12 through March 3
Trapping January 7 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 16 through April 21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Jena Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 22 through October 21
General Gun November 3-11 and November 12 through December 30
Small Game November 12 through March 3
Trapping January 7 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 16 through April 21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Snipe Island Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Date
Archery September 22-30 and October 1-21
Muzzleloading Gun October 26-28
General Gun November 3-11 and 12-25
Small Game November 12 through March 3
Trapping January 5 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 16-24, 25-31 and April 1-7 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Spring Creek Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 22 through October 21
Muzzleloading Gun October 26-28
General Gun November 3-11 and November 12 through December 30
Small Game November 12 through March 3
Trapping January 7 through March 1
Spring Turkey – Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 16 through April 21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Tide Swamp Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 22 through October 21
Muzzleloading Gun October 26-28
General Gun November 3 through December 30
Small Game November 10 through March 3
Trapping January 7 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 16 through April 21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Calendars do not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons. For specifics, please check the regulations summary for each unit above.