Matador WMA: Hunting


Phone: (806) 492-3405
Address:
3036 FM 3256
Paducah, TX 79248

Contact: Chip Ruthven

Dates Open: Year round.
Exception: Entire Area Closed for Special Permit Hunts

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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.


White-tailed doe at Matador.

White-tailed doe at the Matador.

Annual Public Hunting Permit Hunts

Permission for Registered Hunts requires an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit. There are No White-tailed Deer Hunts available by APH Permit on this area.

Special Permit Hunts (Drawn Hunts)

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

Details on how to apply for these hunts can be found in the Special Drawing Permits for Hunting Opportunities on Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Hunting Areas.

  • Archery Deer (ADE)*:(by drawing only) Notice: These extended hunt periods will have a $125 permit fee; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: Two white-tailed deer (either sex, no more than one buck). Buck must have at least one unbranched antler OR a main beam spread equal to or wider than the ear tips. Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Archery Mule Deer (AMD): (by drawing only) Notice: These extended hunt periods will have a $125 permit fee; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: One mule deer (buck only). Bucks must have 4 or more antler points on one side. Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Gun Deer; Either Sex(GDE)*: (by drawing only) Notice: These extended hunt periods will have a $125 permit fee; Special Restrictions: No shotguns allowed during these hunts; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: Two white-tailed deer (either sex, no more than one buck. Bucks must have main beam spread equal to or wider than the ear tips OR have at least one unbranched antler.). Unlimited feral hogs and coyotes.
  • Gun Mule Deer (GMD)*: (by drawing only) Notice: These extended hunt periods will have a $125 permit fee; Special Restrictions: No shotguns allowed during these hunts; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: One mule deer (buck only). Buck must have 4 or more antler points on one side. Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Gun Deer, Antlerless (GDA): (by drawing only) Special Restrictions: No shotguns allowed during these hunts; Hunt Method: By compartment. Bag Limit: 2 antlerless only white-tailed deer. Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Feral Hog (GFH)*: (by drawing only) Hunt Method: By compartment. Baiting allowed; Bag Limit: Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Spring Turkey (GTS)*: (by drawing only) Special Restrictions: Only Two Names Per Card maximum for these hunts. Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: One turkey (gobbler only).
    Notice for Spring Turkey Hunt: Shotguns with birdshot (buckshot is prohibited), Archery and Crossbows are the only means which may be possessed or used during these hunts, unless otherwise specified.
  • Youth Only Gun Deer; Antlerless/Spike (YDA)*: (by drawing only) Special Restrictions: No shotguns allowed. No standby positions will be available for this hunt; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limits: Two white-tailed deer (anterless only). Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Youth Only Feral Hog (YFH)*: (by drawing only) Special Restrictions: No standby positions available. No shotguns allowed; Hunt Method: By compartment; Bag Limit: Unlimited feral hogs.
  • Youth Only Spring Turkey (YTS)*: (by drawing only) ; Special Restrictions: No more than two youth with supervising adults per card. No standby positions available; Hunt Method: By compartment Bag Limit: One turkey (gobbler only).

    Notice for Youth Only Spring Turkey: Shotguns with birdshot (buckshot is prohibited) are the only means that may be possessed or used during these hunts.
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