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Hope Upland WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Deer Muzzleloader
  • Bear
  • Alligator
2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Modern Gun Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 4-5, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include: 

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Four does with archery.
  • During youth permit hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) or up to two does with 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 Bobcat

Sunrise, July 1-sunset, Feb. 28. Open Tuedays, Thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours only. Daily limit 2.

2017 Coyote

Sunrise, July 1-sunset Feb. 28. Oopen Tuesdays, thursdays and Saturdays during daylight hours only. No limit. 

2017 Crow

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018. Open Thursdays and Saturdays only. No limit.

2017 Quail

Nov. 1, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018. Tuesdays only. Daily limit - 4, possession limit -8. Bird dogs allowed.

2017 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only). Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2017 Squirrel

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only). Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2017 Turkey

See Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA.

Access

Take Hwy. 278 north from Hope for approximately 6 miles, turn east on Hwy. 32 and continue approximately 1 mile, turn north on County Rd. 26 and go approximately 3 miles and turn back east on gravel road and it takes you to the area main access gate.

Age

The area was established in portions during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Camping

Camping is available at the Fair Park campgrounds in Hope.

Description

Upland mixed pine/hardwood stands dominates this area. A large food plot system is interspersed on the area. The area also includes a large number of firelanes that are annually planted in wheat and provide excellent browse.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, quail, squirrel dove, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. See current regulations for seasons and permit requirements.

Location

It is in Hempstead County, 3 miles north of Hope.

Management Practices

An intensive management habitat plan including forest prescriptions, prescribed burning and open land management is implemented on this area. This habitat management plan greatly benefits both game and nongame wildlife species.

Notes
  • The area is closed to vehicles.
  • Dove hunting is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only during teh statewide dove seasons.
Ownership

This 2115-acre area is owned by the AGFC.

Phone

877-777-5580

Purpose

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

Recreation Other Than Hunting

This area provides excellent bird watching opportunities. Old Washington Historic State Park is located 3 miles north. Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie WMA is located approximately 10 miles to the northwest. Millwood Lake is approximately 15 miles to the west.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Hope and Washington. A system of mobility impaired trails are available on the area.

Safety

This property was once included in the Southwestern Proving Grounds, a military ammunitions testing range in the early 1940ês. Should you encounter any type of unexploded ordnance, please do not attempt to move or remove the ordnance yourself. Mark the location of the ordnance and contact the Southwest Regional Office of AGFC immediately.

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