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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 12-13, 2014. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 19-21, April 26-28 and May 2-4, 2014. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal bag limit).
Archery Hunt (no permit required):
April 22-24, and April 29-May 1, 2014. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take on e 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.
Deer:
Deer Archery: Sept. 27-Dec. 31, 2014.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 18-22, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun (youth permit hunt): Nov. 22-23, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired (permit hunt): Oct. 25-27, 2014.
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 does with archery, muzzleloader permit or modern gun permit.
Deer Notes:
15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam rule. No dogs. A doe must be harvested and checked on this WMA before a buck may be harvested during any hunt, except during the modern gun youth permit hunt. Limit during the modern gun youth permit hunt is three deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and two does.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Quail:
Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Rabbit:
Sept. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
Squirrel:
May 15, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Crow:
Sept. 1, 2014-Feb. 21,2015. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
CLOSED:
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Elk
Area Notes:
  • A free Sweet 16 WMA permit is required to hunt any species 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. 22-Jan. 22 (except in Mississippi River).
    No boats allowed from 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1 (except in Mississippi River).
    Closed to all access (except in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and boat staging areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 22-Jan. 25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1 (except in Mississippi River).
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
Ownership
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