Black Gap WMA: Hunting

Phone: (432) 376-2216
55 miles south of Marathon, 18mi down FM 2627
See maps and directions for specific location

Contact: Travis Smith

Dates Open: Open year round, except closed for Special Permit hunts. Contact the WMA for specific information.

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.

Special Regulations

  • On-site registration is required.
  • All adult hunters must possess an Annual Public Hunting Permit.
  • See additional, up-to-date information about hunting on the WMA on the Annual Public Hunting webpage.

Important Notice

The Rio Grande River adjacent to the WMA falls within that segment of the river designated by the federal government as a Wild and Scenic River. Please be advised that special federal rules may apply to certain river activities. A copy of these rules will be posted at the WMA self-registration station. For additional information call the Big Bend National Park at (432) 477-2251, menu option 3.