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NameTrusten Holder WMA
WMA Zone630
County CoverageArkansas, Desha
Arkansas and Desha Counties; 35 miles SE of De Witt, near Lock and Dam no. 1 on the white River. In Desha County, area located 15 miles NE of Dumas near Pendleton bridge on the Arkansas River. 
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 10-25, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (Youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal bag limit).
See Area Notes for Access Regulations.
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 15-19, 2016.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Four does with archery,
• One buck with muzzleloader permit,
• Two does with muzzleloader permit.
Deer Notes: 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam rule. No dogs.
A special mobility impaired permit hunt is open each year. Applications are accepted from July 5-Sept. 5. Visit www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/pinebluff/hunting.htm for details.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Bear Archery: Nov. 26-Dec. 4, 2016. Closed on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service property on Trusten Holder WMA.
Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. No dogs. Season closes early if bear zone quota is reached.
Alligator (permit hunt): Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26. Permit required.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
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 modern gun
Area Notes:
  • A free Sweet 16 WMA permit is required to hunt any species on this WMA. Click here to receive your permit.
  • Portions of this area is in Flood Prone Region F and other portions are in Flood Prone Region H. Click here for details. 
  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except traditional jerk strings.
  • Horses, mules and ATVs are not allowed on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.
  • The Trusten Holder WMA has been expanded to include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands north and east of the Arkansas River downstream from the Pendleton Bridge to just below Dam 2 (Wilbur D. Mills Dam) and to Lock No. 2, including Merrisach Lake, Arkansas Post Canal, Moore Bayou to the old Highway 1, one lane bridge and Post Lake to Highway 169. Hunting equipment on this portion of Trusten Holder WMA is limited to archery equipment and shotguns using T-shot or smaller. Muzzleloader deer season is closed on this expanded portion of Trusten Holder WMA.
  • The National Park Service has made changes to the hunting boundary surrounding the Arkansas Post National Memorial. In areas where the park boundary follows the shoreline, a marked “no hunting” buffer zone (marked with signs or buoys) has been established to insure the safety of visitors to Arkansas Post National Memorial. Possession of a loaded firearm or discharge of a firearm within this boundary or the no hunting buffer zone is prohibited.
  • Portions of Trusten Holder owned by the USFWS are closed to bear hunting.
  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Trusten Holder WMA (excluding Arkansas River, Arkansas Post Canal, Merrisach Lake, Moore Bayou and Post Lake) during duck season.
  • No boats allowed from noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 19-Jan. 29.
    • Exception 1 - Boats allowed within the Arkansas River, Arkansas Post Canal, Merrisach Lake, Moore Bayou and Post Lake.
    • Exception 2 - Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Jan 27-29 and Feb. 4.
  • 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 (except within the Arkansas River, Arkansas Post Canal, Merrisach Lake, Moore Bayou and Post Lake).
  • Click here for boating regulations on WMAs
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
The area was named after Trusten Holder, a biologist and Federal Aid Coordinator for the AGFC in the 1950s. 
AGFC: 4,406 acres; USFWS: 1,490 acres; US Army Corps of Engineers: 4,372 acres.
Purchased in 1973. 
The area was bought for the purpose of protecting prime bottomland hardwood tracts which had been dwindling in eastern Arkansas in the early 1970s because of increased farming activities. 
The area is a typical overflow bottomland hardwood area with overcup oak, Nuttall oak, sugarberry, ash and persimmon being the dominate species. An oxbow lake, named LaGrues Lake, provides excellent wetlands habitat for the area’s native wildlife and migrating waterfowl. 
To reach the area in Arkansas county, take Hwy 165 south of DeWitt toward Gillett 10 miles to the junction of Hwy 164 and Hwy 44, then east on Hwy 44 to Tichnor. At Tichnor take the paved county road south 10 miles as indicated by the directional sign toward Lock and Dams 1 and  2 and Merrisach lake. Upon reaching the Lock and Dam and Merrisach Lake turn-off continue south across the Post Canal Bridge at Lock 2 immediately over the bridge turn left as indicated follow the gravel road 1 mile.

To reach the area in Desha County. From Pine bluff take Hwy 65 south toward Dumas for 30 miles to Gould, take Hwy 212 east for 10 miles to the junction of  Hwy 212 and Hwy 65 at Pendleton Bridge of the Arkansas River, continue on 212 east toward the Pendleton Park Area and Dam 2. Green and yellow info signs indicate area boundaries.
Hunting Opportunities
Deer; excellent, area restricted to primitive hunting only. Permit is required for Muzzleloading hunts.

Turkey, good; squirrel, good; rabbit, excellent; furbearers, good; quail, good; dove, good; waterfowl, good; snipe, poor; woodcock, poor.
Management Practices
Include scheduled selective timber harvest which include clearcutting of wildlife openings in the scheduled harvest areas. These openings are 1 to 5 acres in size and are controlled burned at 3 to 5 year intervals. Other practices on the area is the planting of 10 acre food plots. In the spring a mixture of soybeans, cowpeas, millett and sorghum are planted on 5 acres; then in the fall all 10 acres is planted in winter wheat.  
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Fishing on the area is best during the spring and early summer when the water is receding and the rivers are clear. During the winter, you can observe Bald and Golden eagles along the Arkansas White ship canal. 
There are 5 primitive camping areas located in Arkansas County.. Located 3 miles from the adjacent to Lock #2 is Merrisach Park. It is a fee area with all the modern facilities.

Located along Hwy 212 East is Pendleton park. The park has water and electrical service at each of its 13 sites, a fee is charged and the park is open year round.

Wilbur D. Mills Park is just down stream of Dam # 2 on the Desha County side of the river and offers the same services as Pendleton park, March through October.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
The area may flood between Dec. and May. Periods of torrential flooding can happen in October.