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Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area
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Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area Overview:
This 3,311 acre WMA has 18 units in Cameron, Hidalgo and Presidio Counties in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The units were purchased to preserve native brush nesting habitat, and some farmland and wetlands for white-winged doves. The tracks range in size from 2 to 604 acres. None of the units have restrooms or drinking water. All are managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The units are open year round except when special permit hunts are scheduled. Hunting is not permitted on the Voshell Unit. Hunting is permitted on Unit #710, Unit #715, Unit #718, the Arroyo Colorado Unit (#739), the Carricitos Unit (#714), the Ebony Unit (719), the Longoria Unit (#741) and the Tucker Unit (#740). Hunting is generally permitted for mourning doves, quail, rabbits and hares. Dove hunting is the main use of the WMA. Public Hunts are scheduled when conditions warrant. Onsite registration is required. Trapping and horses are prohibited. This page does not provide adequate links for most units because the original website used for information is no longer valid. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and directions to the units.  Hunting the Las Palomas WMA Units
 
**NOTE: The majority of the original below links to these units are no longer available, however, the information is correct.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Lower Gulf Coast Region:
Arroyo Colorado Loop:  Harlingen. Rio Hondo, Los Palomas WMA, Adolph Thomae Jr. Co. Park
Longoria Loop:  west of Harlingen; Santa Rosa, Combes, Sebastian
Los Loros Loop:  Harlingen Area
Laguna Madre Loop:  Los Fresnos, Palo Alto Battlefield, Laguna Vista, Port Isabel
Texas Birds Checklist
Birds of the South Texas Brushlands
Cameron County Butterfly Checklist
Harlingen Arroyo Colorado WBC Bird Checklist
Rio Grande Valley Rare Bird Alert:(956) 584-2731.
 
Mosquito Information:
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. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Anacua Unit of Los Palomas WMA, 222 Acres, Santa Maria & Harlingen TX Area:
The Anacua Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area has two separate land sections, the north and the south sections. Both sections were originally farmland, but now consist primarily of reforested white-wing dove breeding habitat. There are designated dove hunting areas in both sections. Bring your own drinking water. Unpaved roads may be difficult to navigate during heavy rains. The hunter check-in station is located in the north section parking lot. Lodging is available in Harlingen. (956) 565-1223. The Anacua Unit is located in Cameron County, approximately 0.5 miles south of Santa Maria, and 10 miles southwest of Harlingen. From U.S. 281 (Old Military Highway), go south on River Road and drive 1 mile to the entrance. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the units.  Anacua Unit Hunting Information  Topo Map
 
Arroyo Colorado Unit #739 of Las Palomas WMA, 787 Acres:
The Arroyo Colorado Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area has been permitted to mostly revert to native brush. A portion of this property is privately owned. Wild game species include white-winged dove, quail, rabbits, and hares. Primitive camping is permitted for hunters. There are no restrooms or potable water. An information station is located off FM 2925. Access is restricted. To bird the WMA call for permission to enter. The unit is located on FM 2925 in Willacy and Cameron Counties. From Rio Hondo, take FM 106 east for 3 miles. Go north 5.5 miles on FM 2925. (956) 501-4793. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the unit.  Hunting Information  Topo Map
 
Carricitos Unit #714 of Los Palomas WMA, 118 acres, San Benito:
Game at the Carricitos Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area includeschachalaca, quail, rabbits & hares, and white-winged dove. This unit is located southwest of Lantana off SH 345, or 2.5 miles northeast of San Benito. From San Benito go 0.75 miles northeast on FM 345. Go east on FM 3426 (San Jose Ranch Road) 0.4 miles to Kornegay. Drive approximately 1 mile until the road dead ends at the unit. (956) 501-4793. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the unit.  Map
 
Ebony Unit #719 of Los Palomas WMA, Harlingen & Rangerville, TX:
Habitat at the Ebony Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area is mostly farmland tough some areas have Texas ebony brush and trees. Game includes quail, rabbits & hares, and white-winged Dove. Facilities on Jimenez Road include a small area with parking, primitive camping, an ADA compliant observation platform, and an information kiosk. There are several bodies of water on the land including the Resaca del Rancho. The unit is located in Cameron County, southwest of Harlingen and south of Rangerville off FM 1479. From U.S. 77/83 in Harlingen, go 6.5 miles south on FM 1479 (Ranger Highway) to Jimenez Road; this road is unpaved. Go left on Jimenez Road and drive 0.5 mile to the parking lot on your right. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the unit.  Map   
 
Longoria Unit #741 of Los Palomas WMA, 373 Acres, Santa Rosa:
Habitat at the Longoria Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area includes old growth trees, new restoration sites, farm fields and food plots. Game includes white-winged dove, chachalaca, quail, rabbits and hares. Facilities include a designated parking area, an information kiosk, and a 1,100 foot ADA compliant trail with benches and a shaded gazebo. October is a great time to watch for butterflies. The unit is located in Cameron County, north of Santa Rosa off FM 506, and 4 miles west of Sebastian.(956) 501-4793. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and for more complete directions to the unit.  Longoria Unit Hunting Info  Topo Map
                                                                                        
Penitas Unit Hunting & Birding, La Joya:
The grassy fields near the entrance and other areas are great for birding. An information kiosk is located at the entrance; check for hunting season closures. (956) 447-2704. The Penitas Unit is located in La Joya, Texas on the south side of Military Road (FM 1427), and southeast of Walter Lake.  Map
 
Resaca de la Palma & Brazil Units of Las Palomas WMA, Brownsville:
The Resaca de la Palma (Lake) winds through the Resaca de la Palma and Brazil Units of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management area providing excellent fishing and birding. From U.S. Business 77 in Brownsville, go west on U.S. 281 (Military Highway) approximately 4.6 miles to Old Carmen Avenue. Turn right (north) on Carmen and proceed 1.1 miles to the entrance. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the units.  Map
 
Tucker Unit #740 of Los Palomas WMA, 175 acres, San Benito:
Game at the Tucker Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area includes white-winged Dove, chachalaca, quail, rabbits and hares. Water features include an irrigation canal and the Resaca Del Rancho. An information station and a designated parking area are located on Tilden Road. The unit is located in Cameron County in the vicinity of San Benito. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and to check directions to the unit.  Topo Map
 
Units # 710, 715, 718, (Baird, Chapote & Taormina Units) of Las Palomas WMA, 942 acres, Donna & Weslaco, Texas:
Units #710, #715 and #718 of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area are located near Weslaco and Donna, Texas. The Units are named the Baird, Chapote and Taormina Units. The hunter check-in station is located on the east side of the Taormina Unit on Victoria Road. Depending on the unit, game may include chachalaca (Baird unit only), quail, rabbits & hares and white-winged dove. These units are located on the western edge of the Llano Grande Lake in Hidalgo County. Lodging is available in Donna and Weslaco. Call (956) 565-1223 for information and directions to the units.  Baird Unit Map  Chapote Unit Map  Taormina Unit Map  
 
Voshell Unit of Las Palomas WMA, 64 Acres, Brownsville:
The 64 acre Voshell Unit of the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area has no facilities. Activities include hiking and birding. From Brownsville, take U.S. 77/83 to the end of the freeway. Turn left onto International Boulevard and drive 0.75 miles. Turn right at Southmost Road (FM 1419), drive 2.8 miles, then turn left onto FM 511. Drive 0.5 miles; the area will be on your left after crossing Resaca de la Palma; there is no developed parking lot.  Topo Unit 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. 
                      
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