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Dimmit, La Salle
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South Texas Plains
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Chaparral Wildlife Management Area
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Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 15,200 acre Wildlife Management Area is a research and management facility serving the Rio Grande Plains area. Research includes studies of the white-tailed deer, feral hogs, javelina, bobwhite quail, Texas tortoise, and Texas horned lizard. WMA habitat consists of thorny brush such as mesquite, prickly pear cactus, granjeno and leatherstem. The WMA is enclosed in a deer proof fence. 1,200 acres are accessible by car, foot or bike. Activities include hunting, camping, driving tours, hiking and biking, primary and secondary school field trips, college field trips, wildlife management field days, workshops and nature tours. Bring drinking water. The ADA compliant 0.5 mile Arena Rojo Nature Trail circles around the headquarters office. The ADA compliant restroom at the main campsite is available for visitors except during hunts when the facility is reserved for hunters. Call the WMA office for a bird checklist. For more complete WMA information, read the Park Brochure. The WMA is open year round, except it is closed to the general public during hunting season. Uninterrupted general public access is available from April 1 through August 31. Go south on IH-35 Southwest to Artesia Wells, Texas. At Artesia Wells takes exit #56 onto FM 133. Go right (west) on FM 133 for 8 miles to the WMA headquarters. Hunting FacilitiesMap
 
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Camping:
A primitive campground features ADA compliant restrooms and potable water. An RV campground offers paved pull-throughs, but no hookups, restrooms or drinking water. The campground is open year round, but closed to the general public during hunting season. Registration is required. Other campgrounds are available for hunters. To reach the hunting campground, go south on IH-35 southwest to Artesia Wells, Texas. At Artesia Wells takes exit #56 onto FM 133. Go right (west) on FM 133 for 6.5 miles to the campground. Continue an additional 1.5 miles on FM 133 to the WMA headquarters.
 
Hiking and Biking Chaparral Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA is open for bicycling on the Paisano driving trail and the 2.5 mile Camino de Fiero Trail. The Paisano and Camino de Fiero are open daily 1 April to August 31. During the rest of the year it is open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, except during public hunts. Registration at the kiosk is required. Permits not required for the driving tour or nature trails. The ADA compliant 0.5 mile Arena Rojo nature trail circles the park headquarters, and is open to non-hunters year round.
 
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Driving Tour:
The 8.5 mile self-guided Paisano driving tour has 49 stops, and is open daily 1 April to August 31. During the rest of the year it is open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, except during public hunts. Registration at the kiosk is required. Permits not required for the driving tour or nature trails.
 
Wildlife Viewing at Chaparral Wildlife Management Area:
Checklists for birds, amphibians and reptiles, and mammals are available from the headquarters office and at the kiosks. White-tailed deer, javelina, feral hogs, coyotes, badgers, bobcats, dove, bobwhite and blue quail, and jackrabbits and cottontail rabbits may be viewed during the non-hunting season. Bird species include wrens, ground doves, Pyrrhuloxias and roadrunners. Also available are four species included on the Texas threatened list; Texas tortoise, Texas horned lizard, the reticulated collared lizard, and the Texas indigo snake. Rattlesnakes are usually active in late spring and early summer. The wildlife observation tower overlooking the waterhole at stop 30 is ADA complaint.
 
La Salle County Birding:
Texas Birds Checklist
Birds of the South Texas Brushlands
 
Hunting Chaparral Wildlife Management Area:
Hunting options include archery and gun hunting for white-tailed deer, coyote, and feral hogs. Also offered are special youth hunts, and special javelina hunts. Other hunts include mourning dove, scaled quail, and bobwhite quail. Hunting is by compartment; hunters may bring portable blinds. Baiting is permitted in 2017-2018. Special, regular, and annual hunting permits are available. This is one of the state’s most popular WMA hunting sites; 3,000 to 4,000 applicants compete for 50 permits. (830) 676-3413. To reach the hunting campground, go south on IH-35 southwest to Artesia Wells, Texas. At Artesia Wells takes exit #56 onto FM 133. Go right (west) on FM 133 for 6.5 miles to the campground. Continue an additional 1.5 miles on FM 133 to the WMA headquarters.  Email 
Hunting Chaparral Wildlife Management Area 2017-2018 Hunting Details
Hunting Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Hunting Brochure
Hunting Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Aerial Hunting Map   
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
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. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Directions:
Go south on IH-35 southwest to Artesia Wells, Texas. At Artesia Wells takes exit #56 onto FM 133. Go right (west) on FM 133 for eight miles to the headquarters office which is located on your right, just pas the La Salle County line. The Hunting Campground entrance is located on the right, one and a half miles before you reach the headquarters office.