Mason Mountain WMA: Hunting
Phone: (325) 347-5037
PO Box 1140
Mason, TX 76856
Dates Open: Access is limited to hunters with a Special Permit. Contact Area Manager for specific dates.
Registration is required.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have rules and regulations for hunting not required on private property. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, the appropriate tags and stamps, as well as the proper public hunting permit. Permits include: Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), computer drawn Special Permits, and the Regular Permit, which allows daily small game hunting on some areas. Hunters 16 years of age and younger are not required to have a hunting permit, but must have a hunting license and be supervised by a licensed, permitted adult, 18 years of age or older. Hunters and non-hunters must wear hunter orange during daylight hours at any time when firearm hunting for any species is authorized on the unit (except turkeys, waterfowl, and dove). For more details see the rules page for this WMA, the Summary of Fishing and Hunting Regulations and Public Hunting Lands Information and Maps.
Annual Public Hunting Permit Hunts
Hunting on Mason Mountain WMA is utilized as a population management tool to maintain wildlife populations at or below the carrying capacity of the habitat. As a result, the deer density is lower than most of a hill country deer herds. The added presence of exotic ungulates means that the desired white-tailed density is even lower than expected for a well-managed ranch.
The entire WMA is enclosed and crossed fenced into seven pastures by an 8-foot deer-proof fence. This creates seven different deer herds and allows for different management schemes and goals. Population estimates in the fall of 2001 ranged from one deer per 28.7 acres to one deer per 9.6 acres. Herd composition likewise varies throughout the ranch.
For current APH information see: Mason Mountain (#749)-Mason Mountain WMA Map and Hunting Regulations(PDF 138.5 KB).
Special Permit Hunts (Drawn Hunts)
Check the TPWD Drawn Hunt System for information on special drawn hunts.
*Those hunting under a special drawn permit do not need to purchase an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit.