Matador WMA: Rules

Phone: (806) 492-3405
3036 FM 3256
Paducah, TX 79248

Contact: Chip Ruthven

Dates Open: Year round.
Exception: Entire Area Closed for Special Permit Hunts

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Registration is required.

General Access

All users must possess required permits, stamps or license. All public users (hunters and non-consumptive users) of the Matador WMA must check in upon entering and check out upon departure. This should be done at the self-registration station located next to the WMA headquarters. Users may not possess a firearm, archery equipment, crossbow, or other device for taking wildlife resources on the MWMA area except during designated hunts and with proper permits in possession. Persons may not enter Restricted Areas identified by boundary signs and/or marked on MWMA maps, or those areas identified verbally by WMA personnel.

For Rules, Regulations, and everything you need to know, visit the Public Hunting What You Need To Know page.

Users may not be under the influence of alcohol or consume alcoholic beverages while engaged in hunting activities, or publicly consume or display an alcoholic beverage while on the MWMA.

Permits Required

The Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit allows an adult access to WMA designated public hunting areas for dove and quail hunting without having to pay a daily entrance fee. An APH Permit is not needed for Special Permit hunts when drawings are conducted at Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters in Austin. All deer and turkey hunting is by Special Permit drawing. The Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit allows an adult to enter, camp, bird watch, hike, fish, horseback ride, etc. on the WMA but they may not hunt on the WMA or possess firearms or archery equipment.