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Ethel WMA

Zone: 217

County: Arkansas

2018-19 Closed Seasons
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Deer modern gun
  • Bear
  • Alligator
2019-20 Crow

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2019-20 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery.

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2019-20 Quail

Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 3, 2020. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2019-20 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.

2019-20 Squirrel

May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2020. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 13-28, 2020. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

About the Name

This WMA got its name from the town Ethel. Up until the 90s, this land was only accessible to people who lived in Ethel.


There is no camping on this WMA.


Ethel WMA comprises 176 acres in Arkansas County. The area was formerly managed for agriculture, but was transferred to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission through the Farmers Home Administration. This area is composed of early successional hardwoods intermixed with older bottomland hardwoods.

Hunting Opportunities

The area is best known for its small game hunting potential, but offers limited archery hunting for deer.

Management Practices

There are no active management practices at this time.





Recreation Other Than Hunting

Because of this WMA's diverse plant and animal population, there is potential for people to observe various types of wildlife and vegetation.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

DeWitt and Stuttgart are the closest towns to find hotel and eating accommodations.


This WMA has a healthy population of venomous snakes and mosquitoes. Be sure to pack insect repellent and watch for snakes.

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