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NameDepartee Creek WMA
WMA Zone175
Region2
County CoverageWhite
Location
This area is near the city of Bradford in White County.
Phone877-734-4581
Seasons and Regulations
Turkey:
Youth Hunt: April 12-13, 2014. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 19-27, 2014. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer:
Deer Archery: Sept. 27, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 18-26 and Dec. 29-31, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 8-Dec. 14 and Dec. 26-28, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 1-2, 2014 and Jan. 3-4, 2015.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
• Three does with archery,
• Two does with muzzleloader or modern gun combined.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt is three deer: no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or two does.
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:
This area is in Flood Prone Region B. Click here for details.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
Departee Creek WMA was named after Departee Creek, a small bottomland creek that runs through part of the WMA.  
Ownership
AGFC
Age
The area was established as a WMA in 1998. 
Purpose
The property shall be managed for fish and wildlife purposes, in accordance with the management plan agreed to by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Public use and recreation will be allowed on the area. 
Description
The property consists of 448 acres. Previous land use consisted of row crop, rice farmland and commercial fishpond operation. Part of the area would be classified as upland and 154.4 acres would be described as a wetland/floodplain. 
Access
Access can be gained by traveling north on Hwy 367 to Bradford exit. At Bradford turn south on the service road and travel approximately two miles to area boundary. 
Hunting Opportunities
Hunting on this area is regulated in accordance with the statewide seasons and bag limits. Most hunting opportunity consists of deer and small game hunting.
Management Practices
Management plans for this property have been approved and will consist of hardwood reforestation and developing two wetland projects. Some of the old fishponds may provide the opportunity for some fishery management projects. 
Recreation Other Than Hunting
The old fishponds and Departee Creek offer some fishing opportunity. Also these old ponds are excellent places for birdwatchers to observe wading birds and other migratory species.  
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Bradford is the nearest town with restaurants, gas stations and bait can be purchased there. Bald knob or Newport would be the nearest towns with overnight facilities. 
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