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Waterfowl Hunting Areas
The Upper Texas Coast's public waterfowl hunting opportunities on national wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas for the 2004-05 season:

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SAN BERNARD NWR

· Teal season -- The Cedar Lakes (2,400 acres), Smith Marsh (1,400 acres) and Salt Bayou (3,600 acres) hunting areas will be open each day of the teal-only hunting season.

The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Unit Hunt Area will not be open during the teal-only season.

· Regular duck season -- Cedar Lakes and Smith Marsh public hunting areas will be open for waterfowl hunting each day of the South Duck Zone duck season.

The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Unit Hunt Area will not be open during the Sept. 27-Oct. 3 segment of the South Duck Zone season, but will be open during the Nov. 13-Jan. 18 portion of the season.

No entry fee charged for regular daily-access areas, and all are accessible only by boat.

The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt Unit (2,900 acres) area will be open to hunting on Mondays ,Wednesdays and Saturdays during second portion of the South Duck Zone season. A limited number of hunting permits are issued for the permit area.

Reservations are accepted for Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt Unit hunts, with participating hunters charged a $15 fee, collected the morning of the hunt. Reservations can be made only by calling 979-849-6062 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special-permit hunts are for groups of no more than four hunters, and hunters are assigned areas with blinds.

For information, contact refuge manager, 1212 North Velasco, Suite 200, Angleton, TX 77515; phone: 979-849-6062.


BRAZORIA NWR

· Teal season -- The Middle Bayou (3,300 acres) and Christmas Point (4,000 acres) public hunting areas will be open each day teal season.

· Regular duck season -- Public hunting areas of the refuge will be open each day of duck and goose season in the South Duck Zone. No entry fee. For information, contact refuge manager, 1212 North Velasco, Suite 200, Angleton, TX 77515; phone: 979-849-6062.


BIG BOGGY NWR

· Teal season -- The Pelton Lake (1,100 acres) and Matthes Field (200 acres) public hunting areas are open each day of teal season.

· Regular duck season -- Pelton Lake and Matthes Field areas will be open each day of duck and goose seasons in the South Duck Zone.

The Pelton Lake Unit is brackish marsh. The Matthes Field Unit is open prairie, and is used almost exclusively for pass-shooting geese. No entry fee. For information, contact refuge manager, 1212 North Velasco, Suite 200, Angleton, TX 77515; phone: 979-849-6062.


ANAHUAC NWR

· Teal season -- Public hunting areas of the Pace and Middleton tracts will be open each day of the teal-only season.

The East Unit will be closed during the teal-only season.

· Regular duck season -- The East Unit will be open to a 100-hunter maximum each Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday of regular duck and goose seasons. Morning-only hunts.

A $10 fee will be charged East Unit hunters. A $40 Anahuac NWR annual permit, valid only on the East Unit, also will be offered. All hunters accessing the East Unit via boat from Jackson Ditch or East Bay Bayou are required to possess the refuge-issued annual permit.

A Spaced Blind Area is in place on the agricultural fields on the north end of the East Unit in an effort to prevent overcrowding. One permit, good for a group of no fewer than two or more than six hunters, will be issued for each of the Spaced Blind fields. Permits will be issued on a first-come basis the morning of the hunt. Each hunter will be charged the same $10 fee as others using the East Unit and the group must remain together on their designated unit.

A special blind accessible to disabled hunters is available on a first-come basis. Call the refuge headquarters for more information.

A portion of the refuge's Middleton Tract will be open for waterfowl hunting Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during waterfowl season. No fee is required, access is boat-only and hunting is limited to mornings.

The Pace Tract is open each day of duck and goose seasons. No entry fee. Morning-only hunts. Boat access only.

Access to the Middleton and Pace tracts is not allowed before 4 a.m. All public hunt areas are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Hunters using the Anahuac NWR's public hunting areas must have in their possession a signed Anahuac NWR permit. The permit, available at no charge, lists refuge regulations and holds maps of the hunting areas.

For information, contact refuge manager, P.O. Box 278, Anahuac, TX 77514; phone: 409-267-3337.


McFADDIN NWR

· Teal season -- The Central Hunt Unit and the Mud Bayou Unit will be open each day of the teal season.

The Spaced Hunt Unit of the McFaddin NWR will not be open during teal season.

· Regular duck season -- The Central Hunt Units (Star Lake, Clam Lake, Five-Mile Cut and White's Levee) and the Spaced Blind area will be open for hunting until noon Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays during duck season. The area is closed on holidays.

Special-permit required on the Spaced Blind portion (holding 28 hunt locations) of the McFaddin NWR public hunting area east of the refuge entrance road. A $10 fee, cash only, will be charged hunters participating in special-permit hunts. No entry fee charged for other areas.

Reservations for each week's special permit hunts may be made only from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. the Friday before the hunt week. Reservations will be accepted in-person at the refuge check station or by telephone requests to (409) 971-0337. No more than four people per party in permit area.

The Mud Bayou Unit (West Unit) of the refuge will be open for morning-only public waterfowl hunting Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays of the regular duck season.

All hunters using the area must possess a signed McFaddin NWR waterfowl hunting permit. The permit, available at no charge, lists hunting regulations and includes maps showing hunting area.

For information, contact refuge manager, P.O. Box 609, Sabine Pass, TX 77655; phone: 409-971-2909.


TEXAS POINT NWR

· Teal season -- Open each day of the teal-only season.

· Regular duck season -- Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays during duck season. Morning-only hunts. No entry fee.

All hunters using the area must possess a signed Texas Point NWR waterfowl hunting permit. The permit, available at no charge, lists hunting regulations and includes maps showing hunting area.

For information, contact refuge manager, P.O. Box 609, Sabine Pass, TX 77655; phone: 409-971-2909.



MAD ISLAND WMA

· Teal season -- Open Saturday and Sunday during teal season.

· Regular duck season -- Open Saturday and Sunday during duck season. Also, hunts will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23, Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 24.

Hunting is morning-only, and all hunters must register at the WMA check station.

Entry fee, $15 per hunter; fee waived for persons holding a TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit.


J.D. MURPHREE WMA

· Teal season -- Open each day of the nine-day teal season. All hunters must check in at the WMA headquarters on Highway 73.

· Regular duck season -- Big Hill Unit (north of Intracoastal Waterway) open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during duck season, except the area will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Hunters using the Big Hill Unit must register at the Murphree WMA headquarters check station located along Highway 73.

Salt Bayou Unit (south of Intracoastal Waterway) open Sunday, Wednesday and Friday during duck season.

Hunters using the Salt Bayou Unit must register at the Lost Lake check station located on the west side of Highway 87 four miles south of Port Arthur .

Entry fee for either unit is $15 per hunter; fee waived for persons holding a TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit. Hunting is morning-only.


PEACH POINT WMA

· Teal season -- Open Saturdays and Sundays during the teal-only season.

· Regular duck season -- The 15,612-acre wildlife management area will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the last Sunday of each season segment of the South Duck Zone duck season. The area will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Entry fee, $15 per hunter; fee waived for persons holding a TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit. Hunting is morning-only, and all hunters must register at the area's check station.

The Bryan Beach Unit of Peach Point WMA is open all day each day of the duck and goose seasons. An Annual Public Hunting Permit is required, but hunters are not required to check in.


GUADALUPE DELTA WMA

· Teal season -- The Mission Lake Unit will be open for hunting on Saturdays and Sundays during the nine-day teal-only season.

The Hynes Bay and Guadalupe River units will be open each day of the teal season.

· Regular duck season -- The 4,400-acre Mission Lake will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and the last Sunday of each season segment during South Duck Zone duck season, except the area will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day..

Entry fee is $15 per hunter, with the fee waived for persons holding a TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit.

The Hynes Bay Unit and Guadalupe River Unit are open for waterfowl hunting each day of the duck and goose seasons. Hunting is morning-only and all hunters must possess a TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit.

Hunters using the Hynes Bay or Guadalupe River units are required to hunt at designated areas identified by numbered stakes. Hunters wanting to hunt a particular area are required to park their vehicle at a corresponding numbered stake in the adjacent parking lot.


MORE INFORMATION

Information on public waterfowl hunting on federal wildlife refuges along the upper Texas coastal, including maps, contact numbers and printable annual permits can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 2 Web site, http://southwest.fws.gov/texas.html.

Further information on state WMA hunts is available in Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands, 2004-05," a booklet produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The free booklet is available from TPWD headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin TX 78744, or regional TPWD offices.

Information on most of the WMAs and many other state-controlled areas offering public waterfowl hunting is available in "Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet, 2004-05" a publication issued only to those buying a $48 TPWD Annual Public Hunting Permit.

-- SHANNON TOMPKINS

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