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Kerr Wildlife Management Area
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Kerr Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 6,493 acre Wildlife Management Area is located in the rolling hills on the Edwards Plateau at the headwaters of the North Fork of the Guadalupe River. It was purchased by the TPWD in 1950 from the Presbyterian MO Ranch Assembly. Habitat consists of mature cedar stands (Ashe Juniper), live oak thickets, and fresh water springs. The site is used for researching wildlife populations and habitat, and for public hunting. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, javelina, wild turkey, mourning dove, fox squirrel, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, armadillo, ringtail "cat", rabbit, gray fox, and many species of reptiles and migratory birds. Bird species include the endangered black-capped vireo (BCV) and golden-cheeked warbler (GCW). Activities include birding, hunting, and hiking and bicycling. A 4 mile self-guided auto tour is available during daylight hours. Tour stops feature kiosks. Camping is prohibited. Biking and driving tours are prohibited during scheduled hunts. Bring your own drinking water. All visitors must register at the bulletin board located at the area office. Information is available from the staff during office hours. From Ingram take SH 39 west to Hunt. Continue through Hunt on RR 1340 for 12 miles to the WMA entrance.
 
Guadalupe River:  
The Guadalupe River rises in two forks in western Kerr County. Its North Fork rises just south of SH 41, four miles from the Real-Kerr County line, and flows east for twenty-two miles to its confluence with the South Fork, near Hunt, Texas. The South Fork rises three miles southwest of the intersection of SH 39 and FM187 and flows northeast for twenty miles to meet the North Fork. After these two branches converge, the Guadalupe River proper flows southeast for 230 miles as it passes through Kerr, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, and Victoria Counties. It then forms the boundary between southern Victoria County and Calhoun County and between Calhoun and Refugio Counties before reaching its mouth on San Antonio Bay near Seadrift, Texas. The river’s principal tributaries are the Comal and San Marcos Rivers. Lakes on the Guadalupe River include Canyon Lake, Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, Lake Gonzales, Wood Lake, and Meadow Lake. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority oversees the control, storage, and distribution of water from the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers. The river is favored by Canoers and kayakers, and favored in some areas for its tubing. Towns on the river include San Marcos, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, Gonzales, Victoria, Prairie Lea, Fentress, and others. Kerr County Guadalupe River Fish Stocking History
 
Lee and Ramona Bass Conference Facility:
This beautiful 2,300 square foot facility opened in 2010. It has over 8,000 square foot under roof and a large parking lot. The center has rain water harvesting, wildscape areas, demonstration areas, and a hunter check station. The center hosts tours, meetings and seminars on Texas Hill Country habitat management and ecological programs for landowners, students and researchers.
 
Birding Kerr Wildlife Management Area:
All birders need to register at the bulletin board located at the area office. The Spring Trap pasture’s habitat of mature cedar draws the golden-cheeked warbler. The pasture is assessable by foot only, and is located approximately 0.6 miles east of the main entrance on FM 1340. The gate is marked with a sign for the Spring Trap. Enter the gate on foot, close it behind you, and continue on foot approximately 100 yards. The road will intersect a foot path through cedar and will eventually end up back at the dirt road. BCV’s are found in the brush, and are located throughout the WMA, though the best areas are the Doe and Fawn Pastures. From the headquarters, go north on the main paved road approximately 1.2 miles to where the road intersects another paved road to the left. You may not drive this second paved road, but you may park and walk into the pasture. Another favored BCV location is at the tour shelter (on the left) located another 0.3 miles down the first paved road.
 
Birding - Heart of Texas West Birding Trail:
Little Deutschland Loop:  Camp Verde, Kerrville
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for the Edwards Plateau; Central Texas
Kerr WMA Bird Checklist, Hunt
 
Hunting Kerr Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA offers gun hunting for white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hogs, exotic mammals, and coyotes by compartment. Special youth hunts and spring turkey hunts are available. (830) 238-4483.
Kerr Wildlife Management Area 2017-2018 Hunting Details
Kerr Wildlife Management Area Hunting Brochure
 
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
 
Kerr Wildlife Management Area Directions & Map: 
From Ingram take SH 39 west to Hunt. Continue through Hunt on RR 1340 for 12 miles to the WMA entrance.