|Name||Sulphur River WMA|
It is located in Miller County, 16 miles south of Texarkana.
|Seasons and Regulations|Turkey:
Youth Hunt (permit required): April 11-12, 2015. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 18-20 and April 24-26, 2015. One bearded turkey (youths may take one jake as part of their two-bird seasonal limit).
See Area Notes for Access Regulations.
Deer Archery: Sept. 27, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015.
Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area – Sept. 27-Oct. 31, 2014.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 18-26 and Dec. 13-15, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 8-Dec. 7 and Dec. 26-28, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 1-2, 2014 and Jan. 3-4, 2015.
WMA Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
• Four does with archery,
• Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt is four deer: two bucks (no antler restrictions) and two does.
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 except during firearms deer hunts.
May 15, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2015-Feb. 21,2016. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
- The Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area is closed Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
- Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
- Airboats may not be operated within Sulphur River WMA (excluding Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou) during duck season.
- No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 22-Jan. 25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
- Exception 1 - Boats allowed within the Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou.
- Exception 2 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Jan. 23-25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
- Closed to all access (except within the Sulphur River, Mercer Bayou, in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and boat staging areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 22-Jan. 25 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
|Leased Land Permit Required||No|
This 16,000-acre area is owned by the AGFC.
The area was established in the 1950's.
The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities. It is also managed for the protection and enhancement of the bottomland hardwood/wetland ecosystem that occurs there.
The area consists of one of the last remaining large tracts of bottomland hardwood habitat along the Red River Valley. The Sulphur River runs for approximately 10 miles through the management area. Mercer Bayou (an old river channel) located on the west side of the area consists of approximately 1000 acres and is approximately 9 miles long. Days Creek is a major tributary on the northeast side of the area. Bottomland hardwoods, cypress breaks, and the associated oxbows and sloughs dominate this area. A small portion of the area contains rolling hills with mixed pine-hardwood adjacent to the floodplain.
Access to this area is very limited, except by boat. The west side may be accessed by traveling south on SH 71 from Texarkana for approximately 15 miles and taking SH 237east, crossing Sulphur River and continuing 2 miles and turning left onto Canal Access road and traveling to the canal access boat ramp. This is a major access point for Mercer Bayou. Using the same directions, turning right off SH 237 at the Smith Park entrance, and traveling approximately 2 miles you can access Long Slough and the Sulphur River (there are boat ramps at both locations). The east side may be accessed by traveling south on SH 71from Texarkana approximately 20 miles to the Sulphur River bridge crossing. There is a boat ramp located at the bridge. Continuing 2 miles south, turn right on CR 6 at the AGFC sign. Follow the county road, taking all rights, approximately 3 miles to the area.
Waterfowl, deer, turkey, small game, and furbearers. The area is known for it's remoteness and lack of access; creating a challenging hunting environment. See current regulations for seasons and permit requirements.
The primary objective of this management area is to protect and enhance the unique bottomland hardwood/wetland habitats while providing recreational opportunities.
There are 2 moist-soil units comprising approximately 900 acres. These units are seasonally flooded to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring wetland plants for waterfowl food and habitat. The Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area (500 acres) is included within these units. Several fall and winter food plots are also present.
|Recreation Other Than Hunting|
Mercer Bayou provides excellent bass, crappie, and bream fishing. Sulphur River provides seasonal fishing opportunities. A tremendous variety of passerine and wetland bird species occurs on the area, resulting in excellent birdwatching opportunities.
Spring Bank and Lafayette Co. WMA's are approximately 7 and 10 miles to the east, respectively. Also, the states of Texas and Louisiana are very close to the West and South, respectively.
Camping is available at designated sites.
|Restaurants and Other Facilities|
Facilities are located in Fouke and Texarkana.
Boat ramps are located at Mercer Bayou (north and south) and at Smith Park (Long Slough and Sulphur River).
This area is very remote and access is limited. Maps and compass are needed for navigation and users should be prepared for emergencies. Additionally, Sulphur River water levels can fluctuate drastically due to dam releases from Wright Patman Lake. Always wear a life jacket and check river levels.