Departee Creek WMA
- 2022-23 Closed Seasons
- 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 or modern gun combined.
- During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to two does.
- Three-point rule.
- No dogs.
- 2022-23 Quail
Nov. 1, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
- 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
Departee Creek WMA was named after Departee Creek, a small bottomland creek that runs through part of the WMA.
Access can be gained by traveling north on Hwy 367 to Bradford exit. At Bradford turn south on the service road and travel approximately two miles to area boundary.
The area was established as a WMA in 1998.
- Area Notes
Previous land use consisted of row crop, rice farmland and commercial fishpond operation. Part of the area would be classified as upland and 154.4 acres would be described as a wetland/floodplain.
- Hunting Opportunities
Hunting on this area is regulated in accordance with the statewide seasons and bag limits. Most hunting opportunity consists of deer and small game hunting.
This area is near the city of Bradford in White County.
- Management Practices
Management plans for this property have been approved and will consist of hardwood reforestation and developing two wetland projects. Some of the old fishponds may provide the opportunity for some fishery management projects.
454 acres owned by AGFC
The property shall be managed for fish and wildlife purposes, in accordance with the management plan agreed to by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Public use and recreation will be allowed on the area.
- Recreation Other Than Hunting
The old fishponds and Departee Creek offer some fishing opportunity. Also these old ponds are excellent places for birdwatchers to observe wading birds and other migratory species.
- Restaurants and Other Facilities
Bradford is the nearest town with restaurants, gas stations and bait can be purchased there. Bald knob or Newport would be the nearest towns with overnight facilities.