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Dr Lester Sitzes, III Bois D'Arc WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
2017 Alligator

Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25, 2017. Permit required.

2017 Crow

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2017 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area: Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2017 and Feb. 14-28, 2018.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 21-25 and Nov. 4-5, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 11-15, 2017.
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.

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.
2017 Quail

Nov. 1, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2017 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2017 Squirrel

May 15, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2017 Turkey

Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 10-25, 2017. Closed during gun hunt. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit). Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12 and April 15-17, 2017. One bearded 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.

2017 Waterfowl
  • 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 Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.

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 noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 18-Jan. 28.
    • Exception - Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 3.
  • 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. 18-Jan. 28 and Feb. 3.
  • 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.

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