Mason Mountain WMA: Hunting


Phone: (325) 347-5037
Address:
PO Box 1140
Mason, TX 76856

Contact: Mark Mitchell

Dates Open: Access is limited to hunters with a Special Permit. Contact Area Manager for specific dates.

Registration is required.

Hunting

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.


Annual Public Hunting Permit Hunts

Hunting on Mason Mountain WMA is utilized as a population management tool to maintain wildlife populations at or below the carrying capacity of the habitat. As a result, the deer density is lower than most of a hill country deer herds. The added presence of exotic ungulates means that the desired white-tailed density is even lower than expected for a well-managed ranch.

The entire WMA is enclosed and crossed fenced into seven pastures by an 8-foot deer-proof fence. This creates seven different deer herds and allows for different management schemes and goals. Population estimates in the fall of 2001 ranged from one deer per 28.7 acres to one deer per 9.6 acres. Herd composition likewise varies throughout the ranch.

For current APH information see: Mason Mountain (#749)-Mason Mountain WMA Map and Hunting Regulationsmedia download(PDF 138.5 KB).

Special Permit Hunts (Drawn Hunts)

Check the Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands for the information of special drawn hunts.

*Those hunting under a special drawn permit do not need to purchase an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit.

All big game hunts are by drawing only. If you fail to apply for drawn permit hunts, standby positions are generally available. See the standby policy.

Mason Mountain WMA also offers some upland hunting in the form of early and late season dove. These hunts are by regular permit and Annual Hunting (APH Permit). Call the Area headquarters for information and reservations (325) 347-5037.

Although quail, squirrel, and migratory waterfowl are found on the area, their populations and habitat is limited, therefore, no hunting of these species is available.

Guided Hunts

Since the acquisition of Mason Mountain WMA, guided hunts for native and exotic wildlife have played a major role in the operation and funding of the area. From the inception, these hunts have been well accepted and supported by hunters. Due to past success we will continue to offer these "once in a lifetime" hunts until populations are reduced to acceptable levels. Information from past Guided Hunts at Mason Mountain WMA.

Hunters selected for these hunts need bring only their weapon, clothing, and a camera full of film. All meals, lodging, and on site transportation are provided. No hunt or trophy fees are ever added. So, if selected, you will get a hunt of a lifetime for $10.00. And if not selected, it is good to know your $10.00 application fee goes directly into the operation and maintenance of Mason Mountain WMA.

Applications and instructions on how to apply for guided hunts on Mason Mountain WMA can be found in the annual TPWD Applications for Drawings on Public Hunting Lands booklet. The booklets are available at most TPWD field offices or can be obtained by calling TPWD in Austin at 800-792-1112.

Hunt Package: These will be guided hunts. Food and lodging and on-site transportation will be provided during the hunt.

Special Restrictions: Centerfire Rifles are the only legal means that may be used or possessed during these hunts. Limit of two (2) applicants per card. No standby positions will be available.

Hunting on Mason Mountain WMA is utilized as a population management tool to maintain wildlife populations at or below the carrying capacity of the habitat. As a result, the deer density is lower than most of a hill country deer herds. The added presence of exotic ungulates means that the desired hite-tailed density is even lower than expected for a well-managed ranch.

The entire WMA is enclosed and crossed fenced into seven pastures by an 8-foot deer-proof fence. This creates seven different deer herds and allows for different management schemes and goals. Population estimates in the fall of 2001 ranged from one deer per 28.7 acres to one deer per 9.6 acres. Herd composition likewise varies throughout the ranch.

Rules and Regulations

  • Visitors 17 years of age and older must posses an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit or Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit to utilize the WMA (no permit required for the driving tour and nature trails).
  • No camping is allowed on the area. Lodging is available on the area in the hunting lodge. Rooms rent for $80.00 per night and sleep four people. Single beds may be rented in the dorm room for $20.00 per night. Two bathrooms are available and shared by everyone in the lodge, as is the kitchen and living room. Lodging is available off of the area (hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping) in Mason (6 miles).
  • Hunters take their own vehicle to the hunting area. A 4-wheel drive is recommended for some areas and a high clearance is recommended for all areas. Use of all terrain vehicles (ATV's) is prohibited, except by disabled persons.
  • Hunter education is required of hunters born on or after September 2, 1971 (See Hunting Guide for more information).
  • On all hunts, except archery (ADE) and dove, all hunters must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange material with orange headwear and 144 inches appearing on both the chest and back.
  • Hunters should report to the check station by 11:00 am on the first day of the hunt. Hunts end at 12:00 noon on the last day of the hunt.
  • All standby hunters are required to be at the check station before 12:00 noon on the first day of the hunt. Standby hunters arriving after 12:00 noon will not be allowed to participate in the drawing.
  • All general permit hunts are by assigned compartment or blind. Most blinds are box blind type but do not have roofs; therefore rain protection may be necessary.
  • All hunters must check in and out at the hunter check station located at the area complex.
  • Non hunting persons will not be allowed to accompany hunting permit holders onto hunting areas with the exception of a non-hunting adult assisting a permitted disabled hunter or youth during the youth only (YDE) hunt.
  • It is an offense for a person to be under the influence of alcohol or consume an alcoholic beverage while engaged in a hunting activity, or to publicly consume or display an alcoholic beverage while on a wildlife management area.
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