Cooper WMA: Hunting

Phone: (903) 945-3132
829 CR 4795
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-0402

Contact: Howard Crenshaw

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 white-tailed deer (archery only), feral hog, dove, quail, waterfowl, woodcock, gallinule, rail, snipe, rabbit, hare, squirrel and frog.

Waterfowl hunting by boat is allowed. Check with the manager for access points. Consult APH map for detailed description of areas of the lake open for hunting.

Except for general feral hog hunts, firearms are restricted to shotguns with non-toxic shot or no larger than #4 lead shot.

All deer taken on the WMA must be registered at a Hunter Check Station within 48 hour from the time of harvest. No trapping is allowed and the use of horses is prohibited. Entrance at designated entry points is required. Waterfowl decoys may not be left set out overnight. Only hunters are required to possess the APH Permit.. See Prohibited Acts for further restrictions.

Find more information about hunting on the WMA on the Annual Public Hunting page.