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Anderson, Brazoria
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Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area
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Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 15,612 acre Wildlife Management Area is located on the Brazos River within a league of land deeded to Stephen F. Austin by the Mexican government in 1830. The tract was known as Peach Point Plantation. The portion of Peach Point Plantation that contains the Justin Hurst WMA was donated to Austin College by Mrs. Lucy Harvey. The property was later sold to a consortium of six major petro-chemical corporations. Development plans included construction of an offshore pumping station for oil tankers. However, plans were canceled due to the decline in the oil based economy. The Nature Conservancy eventually acquired the 8,580 acre tract. Between 1985 and 1987, TPWD purchased the land from the Nature Conservancy using funds from waterfowl stamp sales.An additional 1,627 acres were acquired as mitigation from the Brazos River Harbor District. The two WMA units include the Main Unit at Jones Creek and the Bryan Beach Unit located south of Freeport. Habitat consists of upland hardwood, prairie, and freshwater and saltwater marshes. The Live Oak Loop nature trail is ADA compliant. Activities include hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Bring your own drinking water. Portions of the units are open year round, except during Special Permit hunts and scheduled tours.
 
Brazos River:  
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It runs 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050 mile long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney. Fish Stocking History 
 
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
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. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites. 
 
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area Activities:
Activities include hunting, bicycling, fishing, hiking, and birding and other wildlife viewing. Portions of this WMA are open year round, except during special permit hunting and scheduled tours.  
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Coastal Plains Loop:  Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Bailey’s Prairie, Oyster Creek, Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, San Bernard NWR, Chocolate Bayou
San Bernard Loop:  San Bernard NWR, Jones Creek, Freeport, Surfside, Quintana, Justin Hurst WMA
Texas Birds Checklist
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Bird Checklist, Angleton & Brazoria-  The checklist was being revised as of August 2017. Click link for availability. 
 
Hunting Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area:
Unlimited feral hogs and coyotes may be hunted from assigned blinds by those randomly selected during special permits drawings; baiting and ATV or ORV use is permitted. The WMA offers a youth only feral hog hunt and deer hunting by gun. The WMA also offers waterfowl, rail, gallinule, and snipe hunting. An Annual Public Hunting permit is required to gain access during the designated hunting days. Amenities include game cleaning facilities. There are no game storage facilities. 
Justin Hurst WMA Hunting Brochure
Justin Hurst WMA 2017-2018 Hunting Details
Justin Hurst WMA Dove Hunting 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. 
                      
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
 
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area Directions:
To reach the Main Unit from Freeport, take SH 36 west for 5 miles to Jones Creek where the WMA Main Unit entrance is located on the south side of town. The headquarters is another two miles to your south.
 
The Bryan Beach Unit is located south of Freeport. Take SH 36/288 to FM 1495, and then turn right on FM 1495 and cross the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway. FM 1495 ends at CR 750 which leads to the beach. At the beach, turn right and follow the shoreline for about 3 miles.