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Thursday, 16 May 2013 18:07

Can't Afford an African Safari? Texas Might be the Answer

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Recently one of our members from Texas posted a photo of an Axis Doe he had the opportunity to hunt which got us thinking.  If you love to hunt and want a distraction from the usual game is there a potential answer in Texas?  Here is what we found to tempt ones mind at a fun hunting adventure at a reasonable price should you not want to afford a hunting guide or a hunting ranch (though there are many to choose from).  

The Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) of Texas offer a unique opportunity for the public to learn and experience the natural part of Texas and the systems that support life. WMAs are operated by the Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife. Today, they have 49 Wildlife Management Areas, encompassing some 769,242 acres of land. WMAs are established to represent habitats and wildlife populations typical of each ecological region of Texas. Today, nearly every ecological region in the state is represented, with the exception of the Cross Timbers and Prairies in north-central Texas.

 

 

Hunting exotics in Texas can include sable antelope, gemsbok, simitar-horned oryx, and axis deer.  Like many states that have had problems with Wild Hogs breaking loose from hunting ranches, Texas has had these exotics escape.  Since Exotic species are not indigenous to Texas, when on public hunting grounds they become fair game.  All it requires is a state issued permit and license.  Dependant on where you are in Texas it also opens up the opportunity to Hog hunt as well creating a mixed bag opportunity.  Check all local and state laws prior to your adventure but here is a start of last years information and links to check out.  Applications need to start being made should you want a guarantee.  If you have had the opportunity to hunt exotics in Texas leave your comments in the section below or post a photo and tell us your story.

guided gemsbok hunt package ™ hunt category code: gxx

Application Fee: $10 per adult applicant | Application Deadline: October 4, 2012 | No permit fee required

Application limited to adults only, 17 years of age or older.

mason mountain Area Code: mm HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01 Nov. 7-9

hunt package: This will be a guided hunt. Food and lodging and on-site

transportation will be provided during the hunt.

special restrictions: Centerfire rifles are the only legal means that may

be possessed or used during this hunt. No standby positions will be available.

No more than TWO NAMES per card.

Bag and Possession Limits: One gemsbok. Unlimited feral hogs and coyotes.

hunt method: Guided.

permits available: 2

last year: 3,158 applicants for 4 permits hunter success: 100%

guided bighorn sheep hunt package ™ hunt category code: bxx

Application Fee: $10 per adult applicant | Application Deadline: October 4, 2012 | No permit fee required

Application limited to adults only, 17 years of age or older.

bighorn sheep area Area Code: BH HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01 TBA

NOTICE: Hunt area(s) and hunts dates will be determined by the availability of a

bighorn sheep permit, and will be randomly assigned. Applications will be

accepted annually (one per person) until the permit is drawn. Hunt will be

conducted on the Black Gap, Elephant Mountain, or Sierra Diablo WMA. Anyone

with physical or medical disabilities needs to consider the elevation and extreme

ruggedness of the hunt areas and physical requirements of the hunt before applying.

hunt package: This will be up to a 5-day guided hunt. Food, lodging and on-site

transportation will be provided during the hunt. Personal gear and bedroll required.

special restrictions: Centerfire rifles of .243 caliber or larger are the only

legal means that may be possessed or used during this hunt. No standby positions

will be available. No more than ONE NAME per card.

Bag and Possession Limits: One desert bighorn sheep ram.

hunt method: Guided.

permits available: 1

last year: 2,856 applicants for 1 permit 2010-2011 hunter success: 100%

guided scimitar-horned oryx hunt package hunt category code: Sxx

Application Fee: $10 per adult applicant | Application Deadline: October 4, 2012 | No permit fee required

Application limited to adults only, 17 years of age or older.

mason mountain Area Code: mm HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01 Nov. 7-9

hunt package: This will be a guided hunt. Food and lodging and on-site

transportation will be provided during the hunt.

special restrictions: Centerfire rifles are the only legal means that may

be possessed or used during this hunt. No standby positions will be available.

No more than TWO NAMES per card.

Bag and Possession Limits: One scimitar-horned oryx.

hunt method: Guided.

permits available: 2

last year: No hunts were conducted in this category last year.


exotic only ™ hunt category code: exo

Application Fee: $3 per adult applicant | Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

Permit Fee: $80 per adult hunter except $130 for designated extended hunts

Notice: No white-tailed or mule deer may be taken during these hunts

caprock canyons Area Code: cc HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01_ Jan. 9-11


02_ Jan. 23-25


AA_Any above

Bag and Possession Limits: Unlimited aoudad (either sex). Unlimited feral hogs.

hunt method: By compartment.

permits available: 20

last year: 334 applicants for 20 permits hunter success: 30%

devils river Area Code: ds HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01_Dec. 28-31
02_Jan. 18-21
03_Feb. 15-18
04_Mar. 15-18
AA_Any above

NOTICE: These extended hunt periods will have a $130 permit fee.

SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS: No standby positions will be available.

Bag and Possession Limits: Unlimited exotic mammals and feral hogs. Note: feral

hogs are in limited numbers on the area.

hunt method: By compartment. Vehicles with high ground clearance recommended.

permits available: 100

last year: 1,976 applicants for 101 permits hunter success: 127%

garner Area Code: gn HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01_Dec. 10-12
02_Dec. 12-14
AA_Any above

SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS: CENTERFIRE RIFLES are the only legal means that may be

possessed or used during these hunts.

Bag and Possession Limits: Unlimited axis deer (either sex). Limit one fork

antlered axis buck. Unlimited feral hogs.

hunt method: By assigned blind. Baiting is allowed.

permits available: 36

last year: 2,437 applicants for 37 permits hunter success: 46%

MASON MOUNTAIN Area Code: MM HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01_Dec. 11-14
02_Apr. 23-26
03_May 14-17
AA_Any above

NOTICE: These extended hunt periods will have a $130 permit fee.

SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS: CENTERFIRE RIFLES are the only legal means that may be

possessed or used during these hunts. No standby positions will be available.

Bag and Possession Limits: One scimitar-horned oryx (either sex). Unlimited feral

hogs and coyotes.

hunt method: By compartment. Baiting is allowed.

permits available: 24

last year: 2,597 applicants for 16 permits hunter success: 94%

palo duro canyon Area Code: pd HUNT SCHEDULE

HUNT DATE CODES DATES

01_Jan. 23-25
02_Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
03_Feb. 6-8
AA_Any above

Bag and Possession Limits: Unlimited aoudad (either sex). Unlimited feral hogs.

hunt method: By compartment. Baiting is allowed (grain must have aflatoxin

level less than 20 ppb).

permits available: 30

last year: 767 applicants for 20 permits hunter success: 16%

 

 

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/public/recreational/index.phtml

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/lands/maps/