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Bayou Des Arc WMA

Zone: 005

County: Prairie

2022-23 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
2022-23 Crow

Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 20, 2023. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2022-23 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2022- Feb. 28, 2023
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 2022 and Dec. 29-31, 2022
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18, 2022  and Dec. 26-28, 2022.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2022 and Jan. 7-8, 2023.

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to two does.

Deer Notes:

2022-23 Quail

Nov. 1, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023.  Daily limit - 6, possession limit - 12.

While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit. This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.

2022-23 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2022-23 Squirrel

May 15, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2022 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 9-10, 2022. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 18-26, 2022. One legal turkey.

About the Name

This 953-acre wildlife management area received its name from the city of Des Arc, a historical river town on the White River in Prairie County.


Access to the WMA is limited to walk-in visitors. Parking is available at lake parking facilities.


Des Arc WMA was created in 1966 after the acquisition of property for the construction of a 320-acre public fishing lake. After the creation of Lake Des Arc, bottomland hardwood habitat remained outside the levee system, providing an opportunity for development of this small management area.

Area Notes

A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap on WMAs. Permits are available online by clicking "Buy Licenses" at or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office.

Area Type



Primitive camping is available.


The 300-acre area is a bottomland hardwood overflow tract.

Hunting Opportunities

Swamp rabbits, deer, ducks and squirrels are the most frequently hunted species. Raccoons may be taken and hunting is good to excellent depending upon water levels.


Bayou Des Arc is 5 miles north of the city of Des Arc on Highway 11.

Management Practices

The hardwood habitat is managed as other typical bottomland areas. Timber inventories evaluate the vigor and quality of the habitat for wildlife. The 320-acre lake is managed by an AGFC fisheries biologist.


The AGFC owns the lake and Wildlife Management Area.




This tract provides additional public use opportunities close to a public fishing lake.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

This management area provides an opportunity to observe many species of wetland birds and Neotropical migrants for bird enthusiasts and photographers.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

The nearest facilities are in Des Arc and Hazen. Several restaurants provide various types of food and small grocery stores provide camp foods.


When accessing the WMA by boat across Lake Des Arc, make sure proper personal flotation devices for all members are aboard the vessel.

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