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Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area
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The Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area is now part of the South Llano River State Park

Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area Information:

This 2,133 acre Wildlife Management Area is located 5 miles southwest of Junction at the south fork of the Llano River, adjacent to the South Llano River State Park. The land for both the WMA and the park were donated by Walter Buck in 1977. Habitat consists of limestone hills covered with dense stands of juniper, live oak and Spanish oak. More than 150 bird species have been viewed in the area. The endangered Black-capped Vireo and the common Western Screech Owl have been documented on the WMA for the past several years. Amenities include 16 miles of roads and trails, hunting blinds, and a bird blind with water and feeding stations. Activities include birding, hunting, and hiking and biking. There are no restroom facilities; bring your own drinking water.For more information, call the adjacent South Llano River State Park at (325) 446-3994. From Junction, take U.S. 377 southwest for approximately 5 miles to the South Llano River State Park Entrance.
 
South Llano River State Park Information:
This 524 acre park is located 5 miles southwest of Junction on the south fork of the Llano River, adjacent to the Walter Buck WMA. The park has 2 miles of river frontage. The land for both the WMA and the park were donated by Walter Buck in 1977. The park opened to the public in 1990. The habitat of both sites consists of limestone hills covered with dense stands of juniper, live oak, and Spanish oak. Buck Lake is a short hike from the camping area. The river is a favorite swimming spot due to its fairly constant water level. The South Llano River flows from artesian waters located at an Edwards County Ranch, 50 miles south of the park. The river flows north and meets the North Llano River at Junction, Texas. Wildlife includes an abundance of wild turkeys, particularly from October through March when turkeys roost within the park. At this time the park and the river bottom are closed to the public to protect the roosts. The bridge is the only river access during the roosting season. Other wildlife includes axis deer, white-tailed deer, black buck antelope, fallow deer, javelina, fox, beaver, bobcat, cottontail, and armadillo.The original Buck family ranch home serves as the park headquarters building, and offers exhibits. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information, watch the Park Video.  From Junction, take U.S. 377 southwest for 5 miles to Park Road 73. Proceed on Park Road 73 to the park.  
  
Llano River:
The Llano River rises in two spring-fed branches, the North and South Llano Rivers. The North Llano rises in west central Sutton County and flows generally east for approximately forty miles to its confluence with the South Llano, just east of Junction in Kimble County. The South Llano rises in northwestern Edwards County and flows northeast for fifty-five miles to meet the North Llano River. The Llano River proper flows east for approximately 100 miles, crossing Kimble, Mason, and Llano Counties on its way to its mouth on the Colorado River, at Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) near Kingsland. Settlement of the Llano River valley began in the mid-to-late 1840s, when German Americans from Fredericksburg moved north. The communities of Castell, Hedwigs Hill, and Llano had been established by the mid-1850s, and the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s led to the flourishing of Kingsland and Junction. The Telegraph and Roosevelt communities, in the river's upper reaches, were not established until the 1880s, when the threat of Indian raids had been eliminated. The river has a constant flow and provides excellent opportunities for canoeing. The South Llano River State Park offers camping and other recreation activities.South Llano River Fish Stocking History 
 
Hiking and Mountain Biking:
There are approximately 16 miles of roads/trails suitable for hiking and mountain biking; a trail map is available at the South Llano River State Park headquarters. The WMA’s 4 hunting blinds may be used for Wildlife viewing. The bird blind has benches and large windows overlooking water features, feeding stations and brush piles.
 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
 
Birding South Llano River State Park & Walter Buck WMA:
The South Llano River State Park has 2 miles of Llano River frontage. Both the park’s and the WMA’s habitat of escarpment canyons, juniper and oak woodlands, and pecan and oak river bottoms attracts more than 150 species of birds in the park and at the WMA. The park features 4 blinds, including the popular Agarita Bird Blind. The WMA has one bird blind with benches and large windows overlooking water features, feeding stations and brush piles. The WMA’s hunting blinds may be used for wildlife viewing during non-hunting and non-roosting seasons. The Black-capped Vireo and the common Western Screech Owl have been sighted for the past several years. Other birds include painted buntings, Pyrrhuloxias, eastern bluebirds, house finches, golden-cheeked warblers, and all three kingfisher bird species. The WMA also has a blind. Birding is best at dusk and dawn. 
 
Birding - Heart of Texas West Birding Trail:
Llano Loop:  Junction, Telegraph, Segovia, Roosevelt
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for the Edwards Plateau; Central Texas
Kimble County Bird Checklist
South Llano River State Park & Walter Buck WMA Bird Checklist, Junction
 
Hunting Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area:
The WMA offers archery hunting of white-tailed deer, exotic mammals, feral hogs, and feral Spanish goats by assigned blind or by compartment. Gun hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs is by assigned blinds. Baiting with deer protein pellets is permitted. Special youth hunts are available for fall deer hunting and the spring turkey season. Other spring hunting season wild game includes exotic mammals, feral hogs, and feral Spanish goats. Camping and fires are prohibited on the WMA. Camping is available at the adjacent South Llano River State Park. If driving off-road, a higher riding 4-W drive vehicle is recommended. The park and the Walter Buck WMA are closed to the public during public hunts. (325) 446-3994.
 
Hunting South Llano River State Park: 
The park offers gun hunting of white-tailed deer, axis deer, sika deer, fallow deer, and unlimited feral hogs from assigned blinds. There is hunting in stands. Baiting is permitted. Youth gun hunts for feral hogs and a variety of deer species is available. The park and the Walter Buck WMA are closed to the public during public hunts.  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
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