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NameWinona WMA
WMA Zone680
County CoverageGarland, Perry, Saline
Perry and Saline counties. 4 miles south of Perryville. 
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 10-25, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017.
WMA Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
• Three does with archery,
• One doe with muzzleloader or modern gun.
• During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) and one doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Bear Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30, 2016.
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23, 2016.
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 7-30, 2016.
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016.
Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. No dogs.
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.
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • Refer to USDA Forest Service website for more information.
  • Central Arkansas Water policy restricts ATV use or camping on CAW properties immediately surrounding Lake Winona.
  • CAW lake project office can be reached by calling 501-594-5261.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
Derived its name from a lake on the area of the same name.  
Primary ownership is by the USDA and Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
It was established in 1968. 
The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas. 
Consists of 174,782 acres of moderate to rugged mountain terrain and narrow valleys. The predominate timber types are upland hardwoods, shortleav pine and mixed pine-hardwood. Typical of the Ouachitas, the ridges run in an east-west fashion. Hardwoods are generally found on the north and east aspects of the mountains while pine occupies the south and west aspects. Numerous streams are found on the area, including the headwaters of the Maumelle and Saline Rivers. The South Fouche LaFave river cuts across the northwest corner of the area. A few man-made lakes including Lake Winona, Lake Sylvia and Bear Creek Lake are found on the area.
The area can be reached from Perryville via AR 9 south 4 miles. From Little Rock, take AR 10 west for 30 miles to junction of AR 9. From Hot Springs, take AR 7 north, 25 miles or AR 5 north, 20 miles then AR 9 north, 15 miles. 
Hunting Opportunities
Numerous hunting opportunities exist on the area. Deer, turkey, squirrel, bear, furbearers, cottontail, bobwhite, raccoon, mourning dove, coyote, woodcock, snipe and ducks.  
Management Practices
Include 109 food plots, several hundred acres of controlled burning, overstory mast development to increase acorn production, honeysuckle planting, timber harvesting, water hold development, midstory thinning and bush hogging.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Hiking and back packing, the Ouachita Trail transverses the area from AR 9 to AR 7, passing through the Flatside Wilderness Area. Fishing opportunities for bass, crappie and catfish can be found on Lake Winona.   
There are no developed campsites, but USDS allows unrestricted camping where you want. Camping is not allowed within the Central Arkansas Water Use Area immediately surrounding Lake Winona. 
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Restaurants and motels can be found at nearby Perryville. Groceries can be found at William’s Junction, Perryville, Brown’s Center and Hollis.
There are some safety considerations to be considered. There is a possibility of being temporarily lost. Keep in mind that the ridges run east-west and you should be able to travel in a consistent direction and eventually hit a main road. Potential bear problems will be avoided if you use common sense in dealing with garbage and cooking materials.