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NamePrairie Bayou WMA
WMA Zone535
County CoverageLonoke
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 10-18, 2017. 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 Modern Gun 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,
• Three does with archery.
• During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017. Daily limit - 6. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2016. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 32. Dogs allowed.
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.
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Deer modern gun
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
The name for the WMA is derived from the bayou that runs along the southwest side of the area.
Prairie Bayou WMA encompasses 453 acres in southeastern Lonoke County, south of Carlisle. The area was acquired through the Farmers Home Administration program in 1994. The WMA is part of the Grand Prairie Ecosystem.
Hunting Opportunities
Hunting opportunities exist for deer, turkey and small game.
Management Practices
Management practices include planting of native warm-season grasses, which provide habitat for rabbit and quail.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
A main recreation opportunity people pursue on this WMA is training dogs for rabbit hunting.
No camping is allowed on the WMA.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Restaurants and other facilities can be found in Carlisle.