Chaparral WMA Description and Directions

Map for Chaparral WMA The Chaparral WMA is a 15,200-acre research and management facility located 8 miles west of Artesia Wells, in Dimmit and LaSalle Counties. The Chaparral is representative of the South Texas Plains Ecological Region vegetated by thorny brush or "chaparral" dominated by mesquite, prickly pear, granjeno, black-brush, and leatherstem.

A primitive campground on the Area is available for use by hunters. Restrooms and potable drinking water are available at this campground, although hook-ups are not available. A RV campground is available that features paved pull-throughs but has no hook-ups or facilities. Campground will be open at 8:00 a.m. on the day prior to scheduled public hunt periods. Commercial lodging and restaurants are located in Catarina, Carrizo Springs and Cotulla. Cold storage facilities are present at the check station for use by hunters. NOTE: All hunters must sign in at check station. Standby hunters wishing to participate in special permit hunts must be at the check station by 11:00 a.m. (10:00 am for youth hunts) on the scheduled hunt start date. Baiting is not allowed.

Public access to non-consumptive users will not be available during scheduled regular or special permitted hunt periods. Generally, public hunts are scheduled from September through March. The Chaparral WMA will be open for non-consumptive use access during the period of April 1 through August 31, through an access point located at the campground. Call the Area headquarters for further information (830/676-3413) or e-mail the WMA at