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NameDr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA
WMA Zone180
County CoverageHempstead
The WMA is 16 miles south of Hope. 
Seasons and Regulations
Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 10-25, 2017. Closed during gun hunt. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12 and April 15-17, 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.
Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area: Sept. 24-Oct. 31, 2016 and Feb. 16-28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 15-19 and Nov. 5-6, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 12-16, 2016.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Four does with archery,
• One buck and two does with muzzleloader permit,
• One buck and two does with modern gun permit.
Deer Notes: 12-inch inside spread or 15-inch main beam rule. No dogs.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26, 2016. Permit required.
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. 21,2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Bear
Area Notes:
  • A free Sweet 16 WMA permit is required to hunt any species on this WMA. Click here to receive your permit.
  • 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.
  • Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area closes to acces Nov. 1 and will reopen to access Feb. 16.
  • Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc Lake is closed to hunting (fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed).
  • No boats allowed from noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 19-Jan. 29.
    • Exception - Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 4. 
  • 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. 19-Jan. 29 and Feb. 4.
  •  Click here for additional boating regulations on WMAs
  • Boats are not allowed on the greentree waterfowl area 14 days before duck season opens. Boats with outboard motors larger than 25 horsepower, surface-drive motors larger than 37 horsepower and airboats may not be used (except for Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc Lake).
  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
This 13,658-acre area is composed of 5,866 acres of state-owned land and 7,792 acres leased from Red River Texarkana(managed by Hancock Forest Management) and Potlatch timber company. 
The area was established as a WMA in 1950s. 
The primary objective of this management area is to provide high-quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.  
The area consists primarily of bottomland hardwood habitats. This includes a 660-acre greentree waterfowl area. Little Grassy Duck Area is a 150-acre moist-soil management unit. 
From Hope, take Ark Hwy. 29 south about 6 miles, take Ark. Hwy. 355 west toward Springhill and follow into the area.
The west side of the area can be accessed from U.S. Hwy. 67 west of Hope. 
Hunting Opportunities
Waterfowl, deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits.
Management Practices
A system of levees and water control structures facilitate inundating the area for waterfowl habitat. A forest management prescription and open lands management system provide excellent wildlife habitat. 
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Bois d’ Arc Lake provides excellent fishing and bird-watching opportunities. 
Primitive campsites are available around the lake and on the west side of the WMA.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Facilities are located in Springhill and Hope. 
Bois d’ Arc Lake and the associated creeks and sloughs are also home to the American Alligator. Caution should be used at all times, especially during warm weather, and swimming is not allowed. The lake also has numerous stumps and logs which require slow boat operations.