Ray Roberts Lake: Hunting (WMA)
Phone: (940) 627-5475
Dates Open: Open year round for hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. No camping available at the WMA. For camping, go to Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
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.
Hunting opportunities on Lake Ray Roberts WMA include dove, quail, waterfowl, snipe, gallinule, feral hog, squirrel, rabbits and hares. Waterfowl hunting is very heavy, and the area gets very crowded on weekends. The best hunting is during the week. Hunting hours end at noon for waterfowl. Dove hunting opportunities are best along the northwest side of the area and at Culp Branch Native Prairie. Feral hog hunting is available January through September, and is by archery only. Quail hunting is available, but quail numbers are limited. Access points are indicated in the map booklet which is distributed with the purchase of an APH Permit or a LPU Permit.
SPECIAL REGULATIONS: All hunters must enter at a designated access point or boat ramp. It is an offense to hunt on the land or water within 100 yards of State Park boundaries. Use of horses, overnight camping, target shooting and trapping are prohibited. Only hunters are required to possess the APH Permit.
YOUTH ONLY WATERFOWL HUNTS: Check the Public Hunting Lands Map Booklet and map page for Special Youth Hunt information and regulations.
Weapons Restrictions: Shotguns with non-toxic shot or no larger than #4 lead shot are the only firearms permitted for small game.