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Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area
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Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 23,147 acre Wildlife Management Area is located in West Texas, approximately 25 miles south of Alpine. Habitat consists of desert shrub. The WMA was acquired through private donation in 1985 for the purpose of conservation and development of desert bighorn sheep and large game animals, wildlife-oriented research, and compatible recreational uses including public hunting. Desert bighorn sheep have been released in the area. They reside on top of the mountain and are off limits to visitors. Hunting is available. Hunting dates are usually mid-December through February. Limited permits for desert bighorn sheep hunting have been issued through the Texas Grand slam program. Primitive camping is permitted. Bring your own wood and potable water; a composting toilet is available. The Driving Tour is open May 1 through August 31. It is closed for Desert Bighorn Sheep lambing season from 1 January through April 30th. There are no designated hiking trails. The wildlife viewing station is ADA compliant. Visitors must register onsite. The WMA is located along the east side of SH 118, approximately 26 miles south of Alpine, in Brewster County.(432) 837-3251. The WMA is located approximately 26 miles south of Alpine, in Brewster County on SH 118. From the east, take exit #248 on IH 10 west of Fort Stockton then travel south to Alpine on U.S. 67. Alpine is also accessible via U.S. 90 from the east. From the west take exit #140 at Van Horn and travel east to Alpine on U.S. 90. The self-registration station is approximately one quarter mile from the entrance.(432) 837-3251.
 
Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area Activities:
Activities include stargazing, hunting, birding, camping in the designated primitive campsites, hiking and driving. There are no designated hiking trails, except for a nature trail, but the roads may be used for hiking. The slopes and top of Elephant Mountain are closed to public access to protect the desert bighorn sheep. The 14 mile round trip driving tour is open May 1 through August 31, except it is closed for the Desert Bighorn sheep lambing season and January 1 – April 30 for hunting season. The driving tour begins at the self-registration station and crosses the nearby Calamity Creek. After crossing the creek, the tour turns south and crosses the desert scrub along the western flank of Elephant Mountain. At the south end of the mountain, the tour turns northeast and continues to the Wildlife Viewing Site where visitors may use binoculars or spotting scopes (best) to look for Desert Bighorn sheep. Permits are not required for the driving tour. The WMA supports over 65 species of mammals, eight amphibian species, 40 species of reptiles, 160 species of birds and 50 species of butterflies.  Alpine Texas Clear Sky Chart
 
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Hunting the WMA: Hunting Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area:
The special Texas Grand Slam offers one person four separate Texas Big Game Hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, and desert mule deer. These hunts are held at Elephant Mountain WMA, Sierra Diablo WMA, Black Gap WMA, and on private Texas ranches. Limited permits for desert bighorn sheep hunting have been issued through the Big Time Texas Hunts. Small game hunting at Elephant Mountain WMA includes mourning and white-winged doves, rabbits, hares, and scaled quail. Hunts for desert mule deer and white-tailed deer are administered through an annual computer drawing. Hunters holding an Annual Public Hunting Permit should register at the self-registration station located near the WMA entrance. Elephant Mountain WMA is located approximately 26 miles south of Alpine, in Brewster County on SH 118. From the east, take exit #248 on IH 10 west of Fort Stockton then travel south to Alpine on U.S. 67. Alpine is also accessible via U.S. 90 from the east. From the west take exit #140 at Van Horn and travel east to Alpine on U.S. 90. The self-registration station is approximately one quarter mile from the entrance.    
 
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More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
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