The Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Freestone County about 25 miles southeast of Corsicana. The WMA border the Trinity River and has healthy populations of white-tailed deer and feral hogs. The check station is located off of FM 488 between the Richland-Chambers Reservoir and the Trinity River. Richland Creek WMA is 13,884 acres of bottomland habitat. The majority of the area is heavily forested hardwoods with a moderately-heavy understory.
Portable deer hunting blinds and stands work great on the WMA. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department suggest that hunters use stands that do not damage trees. Pickups and/or four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for travel on the area. ATVs and ORVs can be used during special (draw) permit hunts, but they must be used in accordance with state laws regulating the use of these vehicles on Texas public hunting lands.
Richland Creek WMA also has a large amount of marsh acreage on the north side of the area that offers great duck hunting. This area is accessible to duck hunters that possess an APH Permit. Check the “Public Hunting Lands” map booklet for more information on the season dates and days that the WMA can be accessed. Hunters must typically enter these hunt through a postcard draw system.
There is a single primitive campground available to draw hunters and APH Permit holders. This campground is located just north of the Richland Creek WMA checkstation on FM 488. Hunters should take caution during rainy weather as this management area is subject to flooding caused by the river. High water may result in the cancellation of scheduled hunts on short notice. Also, it is recommended that deer and hog hunters bring rubber boots and a compass or GPS.
Standby hunters must report to the Richland Creek WMA office no later than 10:00 am on the first day of each scheduled hunt. Call the WMA headquarters for more information on standby positions or public hunting opportunities at 903-389-7080.