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James E. Daughtrey: Wildlife Viewing (DWMA)

Phone: (830) 676-3413
Fax: (830) 676-3493
South Texas Ecosystem Project Office
64 Chaparral WMA Dr.
Cotulla, TX 78014

Contact: Stephen Lange, Area Manager

Dates Open:

Limited access by permit only. Area closed to the general public during hunt dates. General Public Use is allowed only from July 1- August 1. Contact the Area Manager for details.

San Miguel boat ramp is closed during special permit hunt dates and during low water conditions.

Bank access to the lake through the WMA is not allowed.

Lake access is allowed only by boat through designated boat ramps or by bank at the Choke Canyon State Park units (Calliham, South Shore, Mason Point, HWY 99).

Area Biologist: Chris Mostyn

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Permitted

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

The James E Daughtrey WMA's location by Choke Canyon Reservoir makes the area attractive to many species of wildlife. The Area is known for the variety of birds attracted to the lake and surrounding habitat. A bird checklist is available at the Choke Canyon State Park HQ office. Predominant birds that visit are wading and shorebirds, waterfowl, North American migratory birds and native southern Texas species. Game animals can be seen when hunting season is over. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, feral hogs, foxes, bobcats, coyotes and javelina can be observed in specific sections. An area near the WMA headquarters permits the visitor to take a self-guided tour along a Native Trail. A booklet describing native vegetation is available at the entrance.