Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program
Located in the central mineral region of the Texas hill country, about six miles northwest of the town of Mason, is Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
It’s a pretty unique region in Texas, where you have the huge granite boulders that have uplifted; it’s an extension of the same uplift that created Enchanted Rock.
Mark Mitchell is a biologist at the 53-hundred acre site.
We’ve got some bottomlands, we’ve got the granite gravel uplift. We’ve got the more traditional hill country habitat such as the limestone hills.
The site supports diverse native flora and fauna, including: six hundred fifty identified plant species, spiny crevice lizards, black bellied tree ducks, white tailed deer, javalina, and black-capped vireos, just to name a few.
I think for the hill country and a 53-hundred acre management area, we may have as much diversity as you can possibly find.
Because of exotic species like gemsbok and impala and outstanding facilities on the site when the agency acquired it, the WMA is self-supporting.
We don’t receive tax dollars for operation and maintenance of the area; we have to generate our own income. And we do that through — primarily – guided hunts. And because of the facilities that were here when we obtained the place, we can host conservation meetings.
Access to Mason Mountain WMA is limited to hunters with a Special Permit, or to groups that make prior arrangements. That’s our show… made possible by a grant from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.