Rita Blanca National Grasslands



The Rita Blanca National Grasslands (NG) is located in Dallam County and consists of 77,463 acres in the extreme northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle. The area provides public hunting for pronghorn antelope and as would be expected this country is wide open. Rita Blanca (NG) is part of the National Forest System, but with an agreement between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), a limited number of buck antelope permits are distributed by TPWD to hunters through the public hunting (Special Permit) drawing program.

The Rita Blanca NG is neat place. The gently rolling prairie, which has both mid- and short grasses, is not just home to pronghorn. It also provides wildlife habitat to literally hundreds of different bird species and bird watchers love this place. The natural basins that collect rainfall and stay wet for months, and sometimes even years, attract both pronghorn antelope and migratory water birds. For visitors or hunters that have never been to this area of Texas, expect to see something totally different than you have ever seen before.

Selected hunters at Rita Blanca NG are not charged a permit fee for hunts and may camp overnight on the area in Thompson Grove Picnic Area if they so desire, and commercial lodging can be found in nearby towns. Keep in mind that there are no water or electrical facilities available in the picnic area. In addition, there are no standby permits are available for pronghorn antelope hunts. For additional information about the Rita Blanca National Grasslands contact the Forest Service office in Clayton, New Mexico at 505-374-9652.


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