Gene Howe WMA - W.A. "Pat" Murphy Unit: Hunting

Phone: (806) 323-8642
Canadian, TX 79014

Contact: James B. Baker

Dates Open: Open year round, except closed for Special Permit hunts.

Registration is required.


Hunting Permitted

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.

For current APH information see: W.A. (Pat Murphy Unit) Gene Howe WMA Map and Hunting regulationsmedia download(PDF 155.8 KB)

  • Mourning Dove: Daily Bag Limit: 15.
  • Quail:Daily Bag Limit: 15.
  • Rabbits/Hares: Bag Limit: None. Concurrent with dove and quail hunt dates.
  • Means Restriction: Shotguns are the only means that may be used or possessed on these hunts.
Special Regulations
  1. On-site registration is required.
  2. This is a walk-in only area.
  3. No trapping allowed, and the use of horses or motorized vehicles (including ATV's) is prohibited.
  4. Hunters should take all trash and debris, including shotgun hulls, with them upon departing.
  5. See Prohibited Acts media download(PDF 82.3 KB) offering Hunts by Special or Regular Permit.
  6. For more information, call (806) 323-8642.
Additional Hunting Requirements
  • Refer to the map page of the Murphy Unit within the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet for location information.
  • Hunter education is required of Texas hunters born on or after September 2, 1971. (See hunting guide for more information)
  • Hunters may not bait for wildlife.
  • Hunters may not use recorded or electrical calling devices to take wildlife resources.
  • Quail hunters must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange material with orange headwear and at least 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back during daylight hours while on the Murphy Unit.
  • Shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, unless otherwise authorized.
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