Guadalupe Delta WMA: Hunting

Phone: (361) 552-6637
2200 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Bay City, TX 77414

Contact: Kevin Kriegel

Dates Open: Portions are open daily for fishing and nonconsumptive use. Contact the Area Manager for hunting or tour dates.


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.

For current APH information see the Annual Public Hunting page.

Special Permit Hunts (Drawn Hunts) can be found on the Public Hunts Drawing System.

  • See Prohibited Acts for further restrictions.
  • Youth Hunts
  • See APH Youth Hunting Information and Regulations for more information.
  • Special Regulations and Rules for All Four Units of Guadalupe Delta WMA

    Regular Permit Hunts

    Regular permits are issued at the check station beginning two hours before sunrise to 30 minutes before legal shooting time.
    Hunt Dates: Each day of the South Zone Dove season. Hunting is permitted inside dove hunting areas. Daily Bag Limit: 12 mourning, white-winged and white-tipped (white-fronted_doves in the aggregate, to include not more than twp whitetips; Possession Limit: twice the daily bag limit.
    Early Teal:
    Each day of the early season. Shooting hours end at noon.
    South Zone Duck and Eastern Zone Goose: Season (including any Special Conservation season):
    On Sunday-Friday, shooting hours end at noon. On Saturday, the shooting hours end at sunset.
    Gallinule, Rails, and Snipe:
    Non-toxic shot only. May be taken only on waterfowl hunt dates that occur during the open seasons for these species.


    • Means Restrictions: Shotguns with non-toxic shot or no larger than #4 lead shot are the only means that may be used or possessed during these hunts.
    • All persons using these units must read and obey all regulations posted at the information stations.
    • Entrance on the property begins after 4:00 a.m.
    • Scouting for waterfowl hunting may be conducted the day before the start of the teal season and each split of the duck season.
    • All hunters and anglers must exit by 1/2 hour after sunset.
    • Dove hunters are not required to park in designated parking areas but may not drive off designated gravel roads.
    • Waterfowl hunters must park in the designated numbered parking area for the numbered hunting site used.
    • All hunters must possess a current (APH) Permit. Anglers 17 years of age and older must possess a current APH or (LPU) Permit.
    • See the Prohibited Acts media download(PDF 82.3 KB) for further restrictions.
    • Hunting permits are issued at the check station beginning 2 hours before sunrise to 30 minutes before legal shooting time.
    • There are no permanent blinds permitted on the Area and hunters must use available vegetation for concealment.
    • It is the hunter's responsibility to maintain a 200 yard minimum distance between other hunting parties.
    • Hip boots or waders are recommended for hunter comfort.
    • Youth Hunts : The /huntwild/hunt/public/annual_public_hunting/need-to-know/#youth" title="Public Hunting Map Booklet: Youth Hunting Information and Regulations"> Public Hunting Map Booklet media download(PDF 55.2 KB) has more regulation information on youth hunting.
    • Weapons Restrictions: Shotguns with non-toxic shot are the only firearms allowed.

    Special Regulations:

    • Boats must be hand launched and only electric motors are allowed.
    • No trailers.
    • Gates open two hours before legal shooting hours.
    • All hunters are required to check in by one half hour before shooting time and check out by noon at the check station.
    • Hunters may use the Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit or may purchase the Regular Permit (daily) at check in.
    • The regular permit fee is waived for persons possessing an APH Permit and for supervised minors.
    • Permits for mornings only waterfowl hunts (including rails, snipes and gallinules) will be issued at the area check station beginning two hours before legal shooting time and continuing until 30 minutes before legal shooting hours.
    • (No permits will be issued within the 30 minutes before legal shooting time).