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WMA Operations Update.

Campgrounds at TPWD Wildlife Management Areas are closed to overnight camping. Winners of drawn hunts need to contact the hunt managers for further information.

See list of temporary closures and operations adjustments.


Gene Howe WMA: Equestrian

Phone: (806) 323-8642

Contact: James B. Baker

Dates Open: Open year round, except entire area closed for special hunts

Registration is required.


Horsing Around Permitted
  • While in designated campsites, horses should be kept haltered on a lead or in a pen area authorized by department personnel.
  • All horses must be certified to be free of Equine Infectious Anemia. Horse owners/riders must carry such certification (negative Coggins Test results) during their stay and present such documentation upon request.

Horseback riding is permitted at times when hunts are not ongoing and only on designated trails. The dates available for horse riding usually range from May 1 through August 31. A six mile horse riding trail starts at the campground and leads north through DeArment Pasture. The trail leads through North, Middle, and Persimmon pastures and crosses Persimmon Creek and then circles back, passing windmills through prairie chicken and quail, and white-tailed deer habitat. A permit is needed.

Horses are not permitted off the trail. A member of each party should arrange to meet briefly with WMA staff before setting out on the first day for any special instructions.