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Holland Bottoms WMA

2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunts): Oct. 21-23 and Nov. 24-26, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018.

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

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

Deer Notes:

  • A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to hunt deer with firearms on this WMA. Click here for details.
  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloader rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed during the modern gun youth permit hunt.
2017 Crow

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

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

Youth Hunt (permit required): April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
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: 

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.
  • The Holland Bottoms Natural Area Willow Oak Forest Preserve is open to waterfowl hunting.
  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
Camping

Camping is available in three designated camp sites.

Description

Bumping up against Jacksonville's city limits, Holland Bottoms WIldlife Management Area's 6,190 acres are a few minutes' drive from more than a quarter million people in the Little Rock area.

Hunting Opportunities

Hunting opportunities exist for deer, small game and waterfowl.

Management Practices

Management practices include: prescribed fires, timber harvest and water level control.

Notes
  • Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through the area is considered part of the WMA for season and regulations purposes.
  • Lake Pickthorne WRA closes to access Nov. 1 and reopens to access Feb. 16.
  • The WMA access gate near Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne will open for open hunting seasons with the exception of the summer furbearer seasons.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Holland Bottoms WMA (except Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne) during duck season.
  • No boats allowed from noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 18-Jan. 28.
    • Exception 1 - Boats allowed on Tommy Sproles Lake Pickthorne for angling.
    • Exception 2 - Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 3.
  • Closed to all access (except anglers on Tommy Sproles Lake Pickthorne and in designated campsites and parking areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 18-Jan. 28 and Feb. 3.
Ownership

AGFC/Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Phone

877-734-4581

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Public fishing is available at Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne on the west side of the WMA.The lake is popular for bass, crappie and bream.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Numerous services can be found in the cities of Cabot and Jacksonville

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