Kerr WMA: Wildlife Viewing


Phone: (830) 238-4483
Address:
2625 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78024

Contact: Donnie Frels

Dates Open: Open year round, except closed for Special Permit hunts. The office is open 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Registration is required.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Permitted

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

Annually, over 500 people from all over the world come to the Kerr Wildlife Management Area to enjoy the abundant bird life. Perhaps two of the most sought-after species are the endangered black-capped vireo (BCV) and golden-cheeked warbler (GCW). With a little assistance and some directions, most birders stand a good chance of viewing these two elusive species.

Since GCWs are generally located near stands of mature cedar (Ashe juniper), the best opportunities for viewing them on the Kerr WMA is in the Spring Trap pasture. This area can be accessed on foot only and is located approximately 0.6 mile east of the main entrance to the Area on FM 1340. The gate is marked with a sign indicating the Spring Trap. You may enter through the gate on foot (close it behind you!) and continue up the dirt road approximately 100 yards. At this point the road will intersect a foot path through the cedar which will eventually end up back at the dirt road. GCWs are frequently seen in this area. It helps to be familiar with their vocalizations in order to increase your chance of viewing this bird in the thick cover.

Black-capped VireoBlack-capped vireos are much more abundant on the Kerr WMA, with over 420 singing males documented during the 2002 survey. This species is mainly associated with low-growing brush, which is their preferred nesting structure. Males stake out a territory and call repeatedly throughout the day to attract mates and warn off other males. Again, familiarization of their calls will greatly enhance your chances of encountering this bird. BCVs are located throughout most of the WMA, however the best viewing opportunities are in the Doe and Fawn Pastures. From the headquarters, go north on the main paved road approximately 1.2 miles. You will intersect another paved road to the left which is closed to the public; however, you may park at this location and walk into the pasture a short distance. Another ideal location is down the main road another 0.3 mile where you will notice a tour shelter on your right.

Golden-cheeked WarblerRemember harassing endangered species is a violation of federal law. Please view at a distance with binoculars!

All birders need to register at the bulletin board located at the Area office. Additional information can be obtained from our courteous staff during office hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm). The Area will be closed to the general public when hunts are conducted.

The management area is open during daylight hours everyday of the week.

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