J.D. Murphree WMA: Rules


Phone: (409) 736-2551
Address:
10 Parks & Wildlife Dr.
Port Arthur, TX 77640

Contact: Jim Sutherlin

Dates Open: Fishing, wildlife viewing and other non-consumptive uses are available seasonally as provided by information in the TPWD Public Hunting Lands Permit Map Booklet. These activities are limited during scheduled public hunts for September teal and regular waterfowl, feral hog and alligator seasons.

General Access

The WMA is divided into three units:
Big Hill Unit - Open to hunters only on designated days and to fishers during daylight hours only from March 1 through August 31. Big Hill is located north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and is the check station for waterfowl hunts. Big Hill Bayou is open to fishers from the Monday following the close of the South Zone duck season until October 31. Open for wildlife viewing any day a hunt is not in progress.
Hillebrandt Unit - Open to hunters only on designated days. Open for wildlife viewing any day a hunt is not in progress.
Salt Bayou Unit - Open to hunters only on designated days and to fishers during daylight hours only during the period of March 1 through August 31. Keith Lake, Johnson Lake and Salt Bayou are open to fishing 24 hours a day year-round. Open for wildlife viewing any day a hunt is not in progress.

Permits Required

Visitors 17 years of age and older must possess an Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), Limited Public Use Permit (LPU) or Texas Conservation Passport (TCP).

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