Somerville WMA: Hunting

Phone: (979) 289-2392
6280 FM 180
Ledbetter, TX 78946

Contact: Darrell Fischer

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


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.

Public hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, mourning dove, squirrel, rabbits, hares and furbearers.

Firearms are not allowed for hunting deer or hogs. Gun-deer hunting is by special permit only.

Archery Only: Seasons for either sex deer and bucks is permitted with HARVEST GUIDLINES established.

Please refer to the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet for special regulations and legal dates. The hunter check station is located at Nails Creek State Park at the very end of FM 180. Commercial facilities are available at Giddings, Brenham and in the vicinity of Lake Somerville. Camping for hunters is available subject to entrance and camping fees at nearby Nails Creek (979) 289-2392 or Birch Creek (979) 535-7763 State Parks.

YOUTH ONLY WATERFOWL HUNTS: Check the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet (front section) and map page for Special Youth Hunt information and regulations.

Weapons Restriction: Small game hunting firearms are restricted to shotguns with non-toxic shot or no larger than #4 lead shot.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS: No trapping is allowed and the use of horses is prohibited. Only hunters are required to possess the APH Permit.

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