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Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA/Deer Research Area East Unit

Zone: 133

County: Desha

2021-22 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
  • Alligator
2021-22 Crow

Sept. 2, 2021-Feb. 20, 2022. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2021-22 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 25, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Jan. 8-10, 2022
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Dec. 4-6, 2021
Deer Modern Gun (youth permit hunt): Nov. 27-28, 2021
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired (permit hunt): Oct. 16-18, 2021

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks and two does, which may include:

  • One buck with archery,
  • One buck with muzzleloader permit,
  • One buck with modern gun permit,
  • Two does with archery, muzzleloader permit or modern gun permit.
  • During youth permit hunt, youths may take three deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and two does with permit.
  • During mobility impaired permit hunt, mobility impaired hunters may take three deer, one buck and two does with permit.

Deer Notes:

  • 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam rule.
  • No dogs.
  • Hunters must harvest and check a doe on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area prior to harvesting a buck.
  • A youth is not required to harvest a doe before harvesting a buck during any hunt.
2021-22 Dove

Sept. 4-Oct. 24, 2021 and Dec. 8, 2021-Jan. 15, 2022

Mourning Dove and White-Winged Dove 
Daily Limit - 15, possession Limit - 45

Eurasian Collared-Dove
No daily or possession limit
Eurasian Collared Doves must remain fully feathered in the field and while being transported from the field.

Dove Notes:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission prepares a few fields each year for the opening weekend of dove season so the public has a place to enjoy this exciting form of wingshooting.

Dove fields on WMAs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. WMA acreage put into dove fields is relatively small because most hunters only pursue doves the first few days of the season. However, after opening weekend of dove season, many wildlife species feed in the fields, particularly those that were topsown with winter wheat.

2021-22 Quail

Nov. 1, 2021-Feb. 6, 2022. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2021-22 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2021-22 Squirrel

May 15, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2021-22 Waterfowl

The 2021-22 Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook should be posted online early October. Check back for complete WMA information.

2021 Turkey

Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 22-23, 2021 and April 27-30, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Youth Hunt (permit required): April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 19-21, 2021, April 24-26, 2021, May 1-3, 2021. One legal turkey.

Turkey Notes: A WMA Turkey Hunt Permit is required to hunt turkeys on this WMA during firearms hunts. Click here for details.

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 agfc.com or by calling 800-364-4263 or any regional office.
  • Check antler restrictions for important additional information.
  • Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area East Unit closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Arkansas City reaches 31 feet and remains closed until the gauge falls to 29 feet or below.
  • The West Unit does not flood and should remain independent of the East Unit.
  • Horses and mules are prohibited during deer season.
  • For access restrictions that affect all users during waterfowl season, check the waterfowl guidebook
Ownership

AGFC

Phone

877-367-3559

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