Tony Houseman/Blue Elbow Swamp WMA: Hunting

Phone: (936) 553-7641
8096 FM 2782
Nacogdoches, TX 75964

Contact: Hope Zubek

Dates Open: Open year round.


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 is permitted for feral hogs, waterfowl, woodcock, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, squirrel, rabbits, hares, furbearers and predators. Refer to the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet for legal species, season dates and bag limits for the current year. Some portions of the WMA are off limits for hunting because it's within the city limits of Orange. Check with the Area management for boundaries.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS: Permitted hunters may enter the area at 4:30 am and must leave the area by one-half hour after sunset. No hunting is allowed in that portion of the Unit which lies within the city limits of Orange. No trapping except for crawfish. No unattended fishing lines or crawfish traps allowed.

YOUTH /ADULT SQUIRREL HUNTS AND YOUTH ONLY WATERFOWL HUNTS: Check the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet (front section) and map page for Special Youth Hunt information and regulations.