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NameFreddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area East Unit
WMA Zone133
Region3
County CoverageDesha
Phone877-367-3559
Seasons and Regulations
Turkey:
Youth Hunt (permit required): April 9-10, 2016. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 16-18, April 23-25 and April 29-May1, 2016. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal bag limit).
Archery Hunt (no permit required):
April 19-21, and April 26-28, 2016. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal bag limit).
Turkey Permit:
Turkey hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Waterfowl:
See Area Notes for Access Regulations
Deer:
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Jan. 14-16, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Dec. 3-5, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun (youth permit hunt): Nov. 26-27, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired (permit hunt): Oct. 22-24, 2016.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks and two does, which may include:
• One buck with archery,
• One buck with muzzleloader permit,
• One buck with modern gun permit,
• Two antlerless with archery, muzzleloader permit or modern gun permit.
• During youth permit hunt, youths may take three deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and two does with permit.
• During mobility impaired permit hunt, mobility impaired hunters may take three deer, one buck and two does with permit.
Deer Notes:
15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam rule. No dogs. Hunters must harvest and check a doe on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area prior to harvesting a buck. A youth is not required to harvest a doe before harvesting a buck during any hunt.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Quail:
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 7, 2017. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Rabbit:
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
Squirrel:
May 15, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Crow:
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 21,2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
CLOSED:
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • A free Sweet 16 WMA permit is required to hunt on this WMA. Click here to receive your permit.
  • Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area East Unit closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Arkansas City reaches 31 feet and remains closed until the gauge falls to 29 feet or below. Click here for details.
  • Horses and mules are prohibited during deer season.
  • No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 21-Jan. 28.
    • Exception 1 - Boats allowed within the Mississippi River.
    • Exception 2 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 6.
    • Exception 3 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the following waters:
      • Kate Adams Lake, Pothole Lake and Rocky Hole Lake.
  • Closed to all access (except in Mississippi River, designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and boat staging areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 21-Jan. 31 and Feb. 6.
  • Click here for additional boating regulations on WMAs 
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
Ownership
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