|Name||Departee Creek WMA|
This area is near the city of Bradford in White County.
|Seasons and Regulations|Turkey:
Youth Hunt: April 9-10, 2016. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 16-24, 2016. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
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:
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.
• During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to two does.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 7, 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. 21, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
|Leased Land Permit Required||No|
|About the Name|
Departee Creek WMA was named after Departee Creek, a small bottomland creek that runs through part of the WMA.
The area was established as a WMA in 1998.
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.
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 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 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 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.