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NameBeryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA
WMA Zone025
County CoverageAshley, Union
The area is 15 miles west of Crossett between Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas and Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 10-18, 2017. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Turkey Permit:
Turkey hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
See Area Notes for Access Regulations
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18 and Dec. 26-28, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Six deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Six does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take six deer, no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to six does.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
May 15, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 19, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except traditional jerk strings.
  • Hunters may not enter the hunting area before 4 a.m. (excluding the Ouachita River).
  • All duck hunting equipment (blinds, guns, decoys, etc.) must be removed by noon each day. Fishing and non-hunting activities allowed.
  • Click here for additional boating regulations on WMAs 
  • Only Arkansas-approved non-toxic shot may be possessed and used while hunting small game with shotguns.
  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Beryl-Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA (excluding the Ouachita River) during duck season.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
The area was named after a former AGFC commissioner who assisted with acquisition of the area. Before it was renamed, this area was known as Lower Ouachita WMA.
This 7,020-acre area is owned by the AGFC. It includes Coffee Prairie Natural Area, which belongs to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
The AGFC purchased the land in 1987.
The area was purchased in order to provide hunting fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities in south Arkansas.
The Beryl Anthony WMA comprises seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods.  A few pine ridges and prairie remnants also occur on the area.
There are two access roads on the Union County side of the WMA. One road exists along the west side of the river. The other road coming off First Street on the west side of the WMA is seasonally gated when the WMA is flooded.
Hunting Opportunities
The area provides excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities when the Ouachita River floods. Deer and squirrel hunting is fair to good.
Management Practices
Management goals for this area are to sustain bottomland hardwood habitat by protecting the existing young hardwood forest from disease and year-round flooding caused by beavers.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
The Ouachita River, oxbows and sloughs provide excellent fishing opportunities.
Currently, two designated primitive campsites exist along the access road on the west side of the river.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Nearest towns are Huttig, Crossett and El Dorado.
Care should be taken when driving along the access road. There are a couple of places where it gets very near the high bank of the Ouachita River. Care should also be taken when the area becomes flooded.