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NameHope Upland WMA
WMA Zone360
County CoverageHempstead
It is in Hempstead County, 3 miles north of Hope. 
Seasons and Regulations
See Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA.
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 5-6, 2016.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Four does with archery.
• During youth permit hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) or up to two does with 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.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017. Tuesdays only. Daily limit - 4, possession limit -8. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only). Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only). Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 19, 2017. Open Thursdays and Saturdays only. No limit.
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • A free Sweet 16 WMA permit is required to hunt any species on this WMA. Click here to receive your permit.
  • The area is closed to vehicles.
  • Bobcat hunting is allowed sunrise, July 1-sunset, Feb. 28. Hunting allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours. Bag limit is two per day.    
  • Coyote hunting is allowed sunrise, July 1-sunset, Feb. 28. Hunting allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours. Dogs are not allowed to hunt coyote. No bag limit.    
  • Dove hunting is allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during statewide dove seasons.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
This 2115-acre area is owned by the AGFC.
The area was established in portions during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. 
The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities. 
Upland mixed pine/hardwood stands dominates this area.
A large food plot system is interspersed on the area. The area also includes a large number of firelanes that are annually planted in wheat and provide excellent browse.
Take Hwy. 278 north from Hope for approximately 6 miles, turn east on Hwy. 32 and continue approximately 1 mile, turn north on County Rd. 26 and go approximately 3 miles and turn back east on gravel road and it takes you to the area main access gate.
Hunting Opportunities
Deer, quail, squirrel dove, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. See current regulations for seasons and permit requirements. 
Management Practices
An intensive management habitat plan including forest prescriptions, prescribed burning and open land management is implemented on this area. This habitat management plan greatly benefits both game and nongame wildlife species.  
Recreation Other Than Hunting
This area provides excellent bird watching opportunities. 

Old Washington Historic State Park is located 3 miles north. Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie WMA is located approximately 10 miles to the northwest. Millwood Lake is approximately 15 miles to the west. 
Camping is available at the Fair Park campgrounds in Hope. 
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Facilities are located in Hope and Washington.

A system of mobility impaired trails are available on the area.
This property was once included in the Southwestern Proving Grounds, a military ammunitions testing range in the early 1940’s. Should you encounter any type of unexploded ordnance, please do not attempt to move or remove the ordnance yourself. Mark the location of the ordnance and contact the Southwest Regional Office of AGFC immediately.