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NameEthel WMA
WMA Zone217
County CoverageArkansas
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2015. Two bearded turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 18-May 3, 2015. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016.
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, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.
May 15, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2015-Feb. 21,2016. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Deer modern gun
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Elk
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name This WMA got its name from the town Ethel. Up until the 90s, this land was only accessible to people who lived in Ethel.
DescriptionEthel WMA comprises 176 acres in Arkansas County. The area was formerly managed for agriculture, but was transferred to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission through the Farmers Home Administration. This area is composed of early successional hardwoods intermixed with older bottomland hardwoods.
Hunting Opportunities The area is best known for its small game hunting potential, but offers limited archery hunting for deer.
Management PracticesThere are no active management practices at this time.
Recreation Other Than HuntingBecause of this WMA’s diverse plant and animal population, there is potential for people to observe various types of wildlife and vegetation.
CampingThere is no camping on this WMA.
Restaurants and Other Facilities

DeWitt and Stuttgart are the closest towns to find hotel and eating accommodations.

SafetyThis WMA has a healthy population of venomous snakes and mosquitoes. Be sure to pack insect repellent and watch for snakes.