Picnic tables at Hagan Cove
Betsy Purdum - Picnic Tables at Hagen's Cove

Throughout the year, each unit on the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area offers a special combination of recreational opportunities. Duck hunting is available on Hickory Mound Impoundment. In late September the early duck hunting season begins to coincide with the blue-winged teal migration from the northern U.S. and Canada. Each unit except Snipe Island has a boat ramp providing access to the Gulf. Spotted sea trout are abundant in March, April, October, and November. Crabbing is best in the summer, and the scalloping season is in July and August (the exact dates vary from year to year).

Hickory Mound Impoundment and Hagen's Cove are excellent spots for viewing wading and water birds year-round. During spring and fall, the trams on Tide Swamp are good spots for observing migratory warblers and other birds. Fall through spring is generally the best time to sea kayak. The summer is hot, buggy, and frequently stormy.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

Snipe Island:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 20 - October 19
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun November 1-23
Small Game December 27 through January 25
Trapping January 3 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21 – April 12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Hickory Mound:
Hunting Regulations and MapHunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 27 through October 26
General Gun November 1 through December 28
Small Game December 29 through February 22
Trapping January 5 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Spring Creek:
Hunting Regulations and Map PDF : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 20 through October 19
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun November 1 through December 28
Small Game December 29 through March 1
Trapping January 5 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Tide Swamp:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 20 through October 19
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun November 1 through December 28
Small Game December 29 through February 22
Trapping January 5 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Jena:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 20 through October 19
General Gun November 1 through December 28
Small Game December 29 through February 22
Trapping January 5 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

*(Calendars do not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.PDF)



FWC Facts:
Cranes are quite omnivorous. They feed on seeds, grain, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish, but they do not "fish" like herons.

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