Kerr WMA: Hunting

Phone: (830) 238-4483
2625 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78024

Contact: Ryan Reitz

Dates Open:

Open year round, except closed for Special Permit hunts. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Seminars and tours are annually hosted on the Kerr WMA.

Events include information on historical accounts of the Texas Hill Country and the Kerr WMA along with ecosystems management and taking a holistic approach to land improvement. The program will also include a summary of past and present deer research, over 40 years, from the Donnie E. Harmel White-tailed Deer Research Pens; an update on the status of feral hogs; a look at different survey techniques for deer and an overview of TPWD programs and how they can help you! A field tour of our WMA and research facilities will follow the classroom portion of the day.

For further information and registration please contact the Kerr WMA headquarters by calling 830-238-4483.

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.

Public hunting on the Kerr Area is a part of the wildlife research program, and does not indicate an overpopulation of wildlife, especially deer or turkey. Hunting on the Area may be difficult because of the excellent range conditions, dense brush areas and wary animals. In the past few years, about 1 of every 4 to 5 hunters killed a deer, while 1 of every 7 hunters during the turkey hunt was successful. Success will vary from year to year. Through providing hunting of deer and turkey on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is putting into effect what it advocates to landowners: (hunting is an acceptable method for controlling wildlife populations under normal conditions). Check out our Standby Policy. Hunts are by drawing only.

Average Calf Weights on Kerr WMA

2018-19 Hunting Information

There are NO APH Permit Hunts on the Kerr WMA.

Special Permit Hunts (Drawn Hunts)

Check the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet and the Drawn Hunts Online System for the information on the special drawn hunts.

*Those hunting under a special drawn permit do not need to purchase an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit.

Special Regulations

  • No camping or fires will be allowed on the Area. Camping facilities are available at the Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, Kerrville.
  • Hunters will take their vehicles to the pasture in which they are to hunt. Use of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) is prohibited, except by disabled persons.
  • Hunter Education is required of Texas hunters born on or after September 2, 1971. (See Outdoor Annual for more information.)
  • Hunters should report to the Check Station at Area Headquarters at 11:00 a.m. on the day they are to hunt. Hunting will start at 12:00 noon on the first day and will end at 12:00 noon on the third day during the dates assigned.
  • Deer and turkey hunts are by assigned compartment and adequate ground, house, and tower blinds are available in all compartments. Each individual hunting party or group will have their own assigned hunt compartment.
  • Baiting of wildlife is prohibited except when performed in accordance with written authorization of the Department. Check with area staff prior to the hunt.
  • All hunters must check in and out at the hunter check station located at the headquarters complex.
  • Shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • On all hunts, except turkey, archery deer hunts during the special archery season and migratory birds, all persons must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange material with orange headwear and 144 inches appearing on both the chest and back.
  • Visitors or family members will not be allowed to accompany hunting permit holders to hunting areas; except a non-hunting adult assisting a permitted disabled hunter will be allowed.
  • It is an offense for a person to be under the influence of alcohol or consume an alcoholic beverage while engaged in a hunting activity, or to publicly consume or display an alcoholic beverage while on a wildlife management area.

Additional Information

  • White-tailed deer, exotic big game, and Rio Grande turkey hunts are administered by Special Drawing. WE DO NOT allow for Quail and Mourning Dove Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit Hunts.
  • Because this is a research area, control of unsupervised public use must be by special permission to avoid interference with research and management activities. The Kerr WMA is not part of the annual public hunting lands program.