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Matagorda
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Gulf Coast
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Mad Island Wildlife Management Area
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Mad Island Wildlife Management Area Information:
Habitat at this Wildlife Management Area consists of 7,281 acres of fresh and brackish marsh bounded on the south side by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The WMA was purchased topreserve coastal wetland habitat for wintering waterfowl. Wildlife includes puddle and diver ducks, sandhill cranes, alligators, mottled duck, raccoon, river otter, mink, armadillo, white-tailed deer, bobcat, gray fox and cottontail, jack and swamp rabbits. Wildlife tours are offered in the spring and fall. Designated paths through the levees and around the lake and into the Texas Nature Conservancy land along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway offer bird watchers opportunities to observe over 300 species of birds. A bird checklist is available at the park entrance.Hunting for alligators, feral hogs and waterfowl is permitted through special scheduled hunts. Access to some boggy hunting areas requires a canoe or kayak. Conservation tours are scheduled during the year for visitors to observe hundreds of bird species along the Texas coast. Call for reservations. The WMA is located 9 miles east of Collegeport, and 5 miles west of Matagorda, Texas. From Bay City take SH 35 west 12 miles to FM 1095. Take FM 1095 south approximately 13 miles to Brazos Tower Road. Turn left on Brazos Tower Road and travel two miles to Franzen Road. Turn left on Franzen Road and follow the signs.
 
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Birding Mad Island Wildlife Management Area:
WMA Wildlife tours are offered in the spring and fall. Designated paths through the levees and around the lake and into the Texas Nature Conservancy land along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway offer bird watchers opportunities to observe over 300 species of birds. A bird checklist is available at the park entrance.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Matagorda Loop:  Brazosport, Angleton, Sargent, Matagorda, Big Boggy NWR
Rio Colorado Loop:  Eagle Lake, Bay City, Wadsworth, Matagorda, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, El Campo, Pierce, Glen Flora, Egypt, Buckeye, Markham, Wharton
Texana Loop:  Lake Texana, Ganado, Edna, Lolita, La Salle, Vanderbilt to La Ward to Point Comfort
Tres Palacios Loop:  Matagorda, Collegeport, Port Alto, Olivia, Lolita, La Ward to Port Lavaca 
Texas Birds Checklist
Matagorda County Bird Checklist
Matagorda County Birding Nature Center Bird Checklist
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Bird Species List, Angleton & Brazoria-  The checklist was being revised as of August 2017. Click link for availability.
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Butterflies & Dragonflies Checklist
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR Bird & Wildlife Checklist,  Eagle Lake
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist,  Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist,  Needville
 
Hunting Mad Island Wildlife Management Area:
Hunting for alligators, feral hogs, and waterfowl is permitted through special scheduled hunts. Youth only hunting dates are available for hog and white-tailed deer. Access to some boggy hunting areas requires a canoe or kayak.  2017-2018 Hunting Details
 
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
 
Mad Island Wildlife Management Area Directions:
The WMA is located 9 miles east of Collegeport, and 5 miles west of Matagorda, Texas. From Bay City take SH 35 west 12 miles to FM 1095. Take FM 1095 south approximately 13 miles to Brazos Tower Road. Turn left on Brazos Tower Road and travel two miles to Franzen Road. Turn left on Franzen Road and follow the signs.