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Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area
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Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 11,624 acre Wildlife Management Area was the first WMA established in Texas. It was purchased in 1945 by TPWD to serve as a sanctuary for the restoration, conservation, and management of the remaining remnant of Texas desert bighorn sheep. The WMA contains the largest population of bighorn sheep in Texas. The WMA terrain is difficult with steep canyons and rugged hills where the sheep typically gather. Bighorn sheep are social and gather in small groups most of the year, During the August-September breeding season, they gather in larger groups. They breed at age 2.5 years and have one lamb born in February or March. Twinning is rare. In an effort to restore the bighorn sheep, the TPWD is transporting sheep from the Texas Panhandle. The refuge is closed except for hunting by drawn permits. Hunting for mule deer, elk, feral hogs and coyotes is by compartment. The only access to the WMA is by TPWD escort through private lands and locked gates. Hunters must camp in the area, remain in the area during the entire hunt, and bring all their supplies, including potable water. (432) 364-2228. The WMA is in Hudspeth and Culberson Counties, 11 miles west of Van Horn, Texas. From IH-10, take the Allamoore Exit 129 service road.
 
 
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Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area Hunting:
Hunters apply for drawn hunting permits. Youth hunts are available. There is no standby hunting. Hunting for mule deer, elk, and unlimited coyotes is by compartment. The special Texas Grand Slam offers one person four separate Texas Big Game Hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, and desert mule deer. These hunts are held at Elephant Mountain WMA, Sierra Diablo WMA, Black Gap WMA, and on private Texas ranches. Limited permits for desert bighorn sheep hunting have been issued through the Big Time Texas Hunts. Access to the Sierra Diablo WMA is by TPWD escort through private lands and locked gates. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. Hunters are escorted as a group. Hunters must camp in the area, remain in the area during the entire hunt, and bring all their supplies, including potable water.  2017-2018 Hunting Details
 
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Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management AreaDirections:
Access is restricted. Call (432) 364-2228 for directions. The WMA is in Hudspeth and Culberson Counties, 11 miles west of Van Horn, Texas. From IH-10, take the Allamoore Exit 129 service road.