Gene Howe WMA: Hunting

Phone: (806) 323-8642

Contact: James B. Baker

Dates Open: Open year round, except entire area closed for special 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.

Mature buck killed on the Gene Howe WMA

Note: *White-tailed Deer, Feral Hog (Gun hunt only) and Rio Grande Wild Turkey: Hunts by special drawn permit only.

All public users must perform on-site registration. Deer and turkey hunters must have deer and turkey checked by GHWMA staff before leaving area. No trapping, horses or ATV use allowed. For more information, call (806) 323-8642.

Annual Public Hunting Permit Hunt Information can be found on the APH page.

There are NO DEER HUNTS by APH Permit on this area.

Special Waterfowl Regulations
  1. Shooting hours end at noon.
  2. No hunting from the road in West Bull Pasture, including levee for West Bull Slough.
  3. Steel shot only, no lead shot shall be in your possession while hunting waterfowl.
  4. Pick up all shotgun hulls.
  5. Record harvest number of ducks and geese on registration cards.
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