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Caldwell, Cottle
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Panhandle Plains
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Matador Wildlife Management Area
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Matador Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 28,183 acre Wildlife Management Area is located 7 miles north of Paducah at the end of FM 3256. It was purchased in 1959 for the purposes of wildlife research, wildlife management, and public use. Habitat includes mesquite uplands, oak range land and gravelly hills consisting of red berry juniper and mesquite mix, and bottomland. Activities include camping, horseback riding, driving tours, hiking, hunting and fishing. Amenities include two 0.10 acre fishing ponds, the Pease River, designated primitive camping areas, horse pens and roads. The WMA is open year round except during special permit hunts. A special use permit or hunting permit is required. Some roads require a 4-wheel drive vehicle with plenty of ground clearance. From Paducah, take U.S. 83 North to FM 3256; drive to the end of FM 3256. The WMA is located 7 miles north of Paducah.
 
Pease River:
The Pease River is a tributary of the Red River. It has 3 main branches, the North Pease, Middle Pease, and Tongue (South Pease). The North Pease River rises 9 miles southeast of Cedar Hill in eastern Floyd County and flows eastward for 60 miles across Motley County, Hall County, and north Cottle County to join the Middle Pease River 5 miles north of Swearingen in Cottle County. The Middle Pease rises 8 miles northwest of Matador at the confluence of Mott and Boggy Creeks in western Motley County; it flows 65 miles in an eastward direction before joining the North Pease in northeastern Cottle County, 20 miles northeast of Paducah, Texas. The Tongue River (South Pease) rises 8 miles south of Matador in southwestern Motley County and flows 40 miles east and northeast to its mouth on the Middle Pease River in western Cottle County within the boundary of the Matador Wildlife Management Area near Paducah, Texas. The main stem of the Pease River begins 20 miles northeast of Paducah and flows to its mouth on the Red River 8 miles northeast of Vernon.
 
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 - Texas Panhandle Plains Birding Trail:
Comanche Loop:  Paducah, Childress, Quanah, Crowell, Truscott
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for High Plains & Rolling Plains of Texas
 
Camping at Matador Wildlife Management Area:
Two primitive camping areas are located west of the headquarters. Bring potable water and camp stoves. Fires are prohibited when the area is dry, and firewood may not be available. All campers must possess an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit or Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit. The WMA is open to hunters only during special permit hunts.
 
Matador Wildlife Management Area Equestrian Use:
When in camping areas horses must be kept haltered on a lead or kept in a pen area. Horses must have proof of a negative Coggins Test. Horseback riding is prohibited during hunting season. Approximate equestrian riding times are 1 May through August 31st. All riders must possess an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit or a Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit. The WMA is open to hunters only during special permit hunts.
 
Matador Wildlife Management Area Hunting:
The WMA offers great quail and mourning dove hunting. Dove season is September through October; call the WMA for more information. Hunting permits are available archery hunting and gun hunting of white-tailed deer and mule deer. Hunting is also available for feral hogs, spring turkey, youth only feral hog, and youth only spring turkey. Hunting is by compartment. Read the 2017-2018 Hunting Details for more hunting information and for hunting brochures.  
 
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
 
Matador Wildlife Management Area Directions:
From Paducah, take U.S. 83 North to FM 3256; drive to the end of FM 3256. The WMA is located 7 miles north of Paducah.