Lower Neches WMA-Old River
Lower Neches WMA, Bridge City, TX 77611

Lower Neches WMA-Old River

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Marshy wildlife refuge featuring alligators & a variety of birds, plus viewing platforms.


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About the lease

Wild Game

According to information provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife, here is a list of the game available to hunt during the legally designated hunting season(s) in Texas.


  • Hunts begin at 4:30 AM and end at noon the same day.
  • Early Teal: Each day of the Early Teal Season.
  • South Zone Duck: Each day of the South Zone Duck Season as established for Orange County. East of Hwy. 87/73.
  • Only on Wed., Fri., and Sun. West of Hwy. 87/73: Only on Tues., Thurs., and Sat.
  • Motorized access restricted to perimeter waters of Wetland Restoration Area and the Leveed impoundment west of Hwy. 87.


  • During the established seasons for these species only on hunt dates and times designated for waterfowl.


  • Feb. 1-28 (no bag limit). Hunting from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.


  • Within the designated hunt area, fishing is allowed Sept. 1-Oct. 31 and Feb.1- Aug. 31.
  • Closed Nov. 1-Jan. 31.
  • Fishing is restricted to 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
  • No commercial crabbing or bait fishing allowed on the Area.
  • Bank anglers must possess a valid APH or LPU Permit.


  • Shotgun

Means restrictions

  • Shotguns with non-toxic shot only.

Special regulations

  • During the period of Sept. 1-Feb. 28, access to the WMA is restricted to foot and non-motorized boats EXCEPT from 4:30 a.m. to end of legal shooting hours on designated hunt days.
  • Temporary blinds may be constructed using natural vegetation (brush, cane, etc. - no lumber, wire, or other construction materials allowed).
  • The WMA is open year round to permitted users. See Prohibited Acts for further restrictions.


  • Motorboat operators are advised that disturbance of soils and plants on the WMAs is prohibited.
  • The hunt area between Lake Street and Hwy 87/73 is non-motorized access only.
  • Hunters may enter the WMA no earlier than 4:30 a.m.
  • Uprooting seagrasses using a propeller is prohibited by law.

Special season

  • Youth and Veteran/Active-Duty Military Only
  • Waterfowl: See TPWD Outdoor Annual for Special Season information and regulations.
  • Youth/Adult Only Area: Each day of Early Teal Season and each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of Regular Waterfowl Season as established for Orange County.
  • Hunts begin at 4:30A and end at noon the same day.
  • No more than 2 participating adults per party, each party is required to have one hunting youth participant (under 17).
  • Maxiumum of 5 hunters per party.

Required permits

Wildlife Game

a hog head
A dove icon
A rabbit icon
A deer icon
White-tail deer
A teal icon
A squirrel icon
A teal icon
A dove icon
A goose icon

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