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Live Oak, McMullen
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James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area
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James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 4,400 acre WMA is located on the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The WMA occupies five noncontiguous parcels adjacent to the lake. TPWD took over management of the property in 1981. The land is rough with habitat consisting of thorny scrub brush. Activities include hunting and nature study. Amenities include an interpretive nature trail, and a primitive campground used only for those hunting with Special Permits. The campground will open the evening prior to scheduled hunts. WMA access is limited. It is closed for Special Permit Hunts. Bring your own potable water. The WMA is located between Tilden and Three Rivers, Texas.
 
Choke Canyon Reservoir Information:
The 141 foot tall Choke Canyon Dam was built in 1981 and 1982. The 25,670 surface acre Choke Canyon Reservoir was impounded on the Frio River in 1982. The lake has a maximum depth of 95.5 feet. The lake is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. It is one of the City of Corpus Christi’s water sources and is managed by the city. The lake is located four miles west of Three Rivers, and 65 miles south of San Antonio, Texas.
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Choke Canyon State Park Information:
This 1,485 acre park is located on the 26,000 surface acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, part of Corpus Christ's water supply source. The reservoir was formed when the Frio River was dammed a few miles upstream from where the Rio, Atascosa, and Nueces Rivers merge near Three Rivers, Texas. Ghost trees are still visible on some portions of the lake. The park consists of two units. The 1,100 acre Calliham Unit is located on a peninsula on SH 72, eleven miles west of Three Rivers in McMullen County. The 385 acre day use only South Shore Unit is located in Live Oak County below the dam on SH 72, 4 miles west of Three Rivers, Texas. Camping and other amenities are available in the Calliham Unit. Amenities at the South Shore consist of a day use area. Park habitat consists mainly of thick mesquite forest. The South Shore unit features a 75 surface acre man-made lake. Each unit entrance has a park headquarters. Wildlife sightings include turkey, whitetail deer, javelin, coyote, opossum, fox squirrel, armadillo, raccoon, alligators and skunks. Park entrance and camping fees apply.For more park information, read the Park Brochureand view the Park Video. The South Shore Unit is located 3.5 miles west of Three Rivers, Texas, on SH 72. The Calliham Unit is located 12 miles west of Three Rivers on SH 72 (to Tilden).
Choke Canyon State Park Facilities Map
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Brush Country Loop:  Three Rivers, Dinero, Lagarto, Midway, Sandia, San Patricio, Orange Grove, Alfred, Agua Dulce, Alice
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Hunting the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area:
The Choke Canyon Reservoir is considered part of the WMA for purposes of waterfowl hunting. Alligator hunting is by compartment. Archery and gun hunts for white-tailed deer, feral hogs, and coyote are by compartment. Some permanent box blinds available; hunters may bring portable blinds. The WMA offers special youth only hunts and special javelina hunts. Spring turkey hunts are available. The San Miguel boat ramp is closed during flooding, and closed to the general public during hunting dates. Primitive camping is available on the WMA, and camping is also available at the Calliham Unit of the Choke Canyon State Park.  James E. Daughtrey WMA Hunting Information & Map
 
Hunting the North Shore Unit at Choke Canyon State Park:
The 1,700 acre North Shore Unit is undeveloped. This unit offers archery hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs. Hunting is by compartment; baiting is permitted. There are no blinds. Hunters are encouraged to bring portable blinds. Multi-purpose campsites are available at Choke Canyon State Park South Shore Unit. Call the South Shore Park for further information. (361) 786-3868). Access to the North Shore Unit is limited to hunter use during hunting season. The hunter check-in station is located at the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area headquarters between Tilden and Three Rivers. Click the above link for a map. From Jourdanton go approximately 29 miles south on SH 16 to FM 3445 located 3 miles north of Tilden. Go east (left) on FM 3445 and drive 5.5 miles to the WMA entrance.   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. 
                      
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James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area Directions:
The WMA is located between Tilden and Three Rivers. From Jourdanton go approximately 29 miles south on SH 16 to FM 3445 located 3 miles north of Tilden. Go east (left) on FM 3445 and drive 5.5 miles to the WMA entrance.