Justin Hurst WMA: Activities at a Glance

Phone: (979) 233-8729

Contact: Owen Best

Dates Open:

Due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Early Teal hunt by Annual Public Hunting Permit scheduled for the Justin Hurst WMA (Unit #721) on September 14, 2021 has been canceled.

Jones Creek and Live Oak Nature Loops are open year round. Portions of the Justin Hurst WMA are open for Special Permit hunts and scheduled tours. Contact the Assistant Area Manager for specific 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.

Detailed Hunting Information for the Justin Hurst WMA


Biking Permitted

Bicycling is a healthy and enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.

The WMA has two trails on the Main Unit as you enter the area off Highway 36. The first trail consists of a half mile of pavement and the other trails is 2.5 miles of unimproved paths through a wetland area (See Nature Trail map for details).


Fishing Permitted

For general information on fishing requirements and restrictions, see the Outdoor Annual Fishing Regulations. For information on fishing licenses, stamps, and tags see Outdoor Annual Fishing Licenses.

Fishing is allowed in the channels of Jones Creek and Redfish Bayou only. Due to public hunts (November 1 to January 31), fishing is only allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Hiking Permitted

Hiking is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas. Since potable water is not available on many of the Wildlife Management Areas, it is a good idea to bring plenty of drinking water.

Detailed Hiking Information for the Justin Hurst WMA

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Permitted

Viewing wildlife is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.

Detailed Wildlife Viewing Information for the Justin Hurst WMA


Primitive camping is available on the beach or on the dunes at the Bryan Beach Unit. Fishing and hunting are also permitted. An Annual Public Hunting Permit and Hunting/Fishing License are required.

Note: Fishing the shore area is easier to access by boat.