|Name||Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA|
Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA is composed of 4,501 acres in western Poinsett County. The area lies along the Bayou DeView River from Arkansas Highway 14 to just north of Arkansas Highway 214.
|Seasons and Regulations|Waterfowl:
See Area Notes for Access Regulations
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Three does with archery.
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.
May 15, 2016-Feb. 28, 2016. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 21, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
- Deer muzzleloader
- Deer modern gun
- This area is in Flood Prone Region A. Click here for details.
- Lake Hogue is closed to hunting except early teal season.
- Nonresident waterfowl hunters need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit.
- No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 21-Jan. 28.
- Exception 1 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 6.
- Exception 2 - Boats allowed from 1.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the following waters:
- Thompson Tract boat ramp and boat run.
- North Oliver Campground primitive boat access, including the natural slough.
- 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. 21-Jan. 31 and Feb. 6.
- Click here for additional boating regulations on WMAs
- Airboats may not be operated within Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA during duck season.
|Leased Land Permit Required||No|
|About the Name|
For many years the Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA was known as the Weiner Area or Bayou DeView. The name Bayou DeView originated from the Bayou DeView River that meandered through the area years ago, but was channelized many years ago to provide improved drainage for the ever-increasing farming community. On December 17, 1984, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission voted to re-name the area in memory of Earl Buss who was a caretaker for the Thompson Duck Club, a privately owned entity, that through acquisition, became a part of the management area.
Acquisition of the area began in 1958 and continued through 1967.
The area was purchased many years ago in response to public interest in land acquisition programs by the commission. The Weiner area is one of the principal rice-producing areas in the state and is considered by many sportsmen as one of the best duck hunting areas in Arkansas.
The area comprises three tracts of land, namely, the Thompson, Oliver and Martin tracts. The Oliver tract is the southernmost tract and is bounded on the south by Ark. Hwy. 14 and on the north by a county road west of Weiner. The Thompson tract is immediately north of the Oliver tract, bounded on the north by Ark. Hwy. 214. The Martin tract is the northernmost of the three tracts and lies about 1/2 mile north of the Thompson tract and extends to a county road that ends on the eastern border.
The area can best be reached by county roads west out of Weiner on Ark. Hwy. 49 or off Ark. Hwy. 14 or 214.
The Thompson and Oliver tracts were developed specifically as wintering waterfowl areas. Fall squirrel hunting is also a heavily used resource. The squirrel population tends to cycle with acorn abuncance in the bottomland hardwoods of the area. The area supports a healthy deer population. Hunting has been limited to archery in recent years due to the small size of the area. Trophy-class bucks are taken on and around Bayou DeView area every hunting season.
Waterfowl management is emphasized on the Thompson and South Oliver tracts. Flooding of these impoundments is not always possible by the beginning of duck season because of the lack of rainfall in early fall. Some management practices include water level manipulation, beaver population control, specialized plantings of small grain crops and legumes and forestry management. Selective thinning of trees has improved forest health and increased habitat diversity for a wide variety of species.
|Recreation Other Than Hunting|
Lake Hogue, 300-acre impoundment on the east side of the Bayou across from the south end of the Oliver tract offers excellent fishing for crappie, bream, bass and catfish.
Primitive camping areas are provided on each of the management area’s three tracts. Except for graveled parking areas, there are no other improvements to camping facilities.
|Restaurants and Other Facilities|
Accommodations may be found in Jonesboro, 25 miles; Newport, 22 miles and Harrisburg, 25 miles. There are stores and a restaurant in Weiner.
Wade-in hunters should be aware of deep water in boat lanes and sloughs. Boating safety rules and laws are especially important in the Thompson tract Impoundment. The launching area may be crowded, especially on weekends and holidays.