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Dr Lester Sitzes, III Bois D'Arc WMA

Zone: 180

County: Hempstead

2019-20 Waterfowl

View Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits.

Waterfowl Notes:

  • 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.
  • See Area Notes for Access Regulations
  • Nonresidents need a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on this WMA. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 23-Dec.2, Dec. 27-Jan. 5 and Jan. 22-Jan. 31.
2020-21 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
2020-21 Crow

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 21, 2021. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2020-21 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021
Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area: Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 2020  and Feb. 20-28, 2021
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 17-25, 2020  and Nov. 7-8, 2020
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 14-22, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 7-8, 2020
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Four does with archery,
  • One buck and two does with muzzleloader permit,
  • One buck and two does with modern gun permit.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, 1 buck (no antler restrictions) and 1 doe

Deer Notes:

  • A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to hunt deer with firearms on this WMA. Click here for details.
  • 12-inch inside spread or 15-inch main beam rule.
  • No dogs.
2020-21 Quail

Nov. 1, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2020-21 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2020-21 Squirrel

May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020 Alligator

Sept. 18-21, 2020 and Sept. 25-28, 2020. Permit required.

2021 Turkey

Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 19-May 9, 2021. Closed during gun hunts. One legal turkey.
Firearms Youth Hunt (permit required): April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 19-21, 2021 and April 24-26, 2021. One legal turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

Turkey Notes: 

A WMA Turkey Hunt Permit is required to hunt turkeys on this WMA. Click here for details.


From Hope, take Ark Hwy. 29 south about 6 miles, take Ark. Hwy. 355 west toward Springhill and follow into the area. The west side of the area can be accessed from U.S. Hwy. 67 west of Hope.


The area was established as a WMA in 1950s.


Primitive campsites are available around the lake and on the west side of the WMA.


The area consists primarily of bottomland hardwood habitats. This includes a 660-acre greentree waterfowl area. Little Grassy Duck Area is a 150-acre moist-soil management unit.

Hunting Opportunities

Waterfowl, deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits.


The WMA is 16 miles south of Hope.

Management Practices

A system of levees and water control structures facilitate inundating the area for waterfowl habitat. A forest management prescription and open lands management system provide excellent wildlife habitat.

  • Everyone 16 and older must have a free WMA General Use Permit to hunt, fish or camp on this WMA. 
  • Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area closes to acces Nov. 1 and will reopen to access Feb. 16.
  • Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D'Arc Lake is closed to hunting (fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed).
  • No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 23-Jan. 31.
    • Exception - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 8.
  • 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. 23-Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.
  • Boats are not allowed on the greentree waterfowl area 14 days before duck season opens.
  • Boats with outboard motors larger than 25 horsepower, surface-drive motors larger than 37 horsepower and airboats may not be used (except for Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake).

This 13,658-acre area is composed of 5,866 acres of state-owned land and 7,792 acres leased from Red River Texarkana(managed by Hancock Forest Management) and Potlatch timber company.




The primary objective of this management area is to provide high-quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Bois d'Arc Lake provides excellent fishing and bird-watching opportunities.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Springhill and Hope.


Bois d'Arc Lake and the associated creeks and sloughs are also home to the American Alligator. Caution should be used at all times, especially during warm weather, and swimming is not allowed. The lake also has numerous stumps and logs which require slow boat operations.

WMA Master Plan

View the master plan for this AGFC-owned WMA

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