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Lafayette County WMA

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

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 29-31, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Six deer, no more than two bucks, which may include: 

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Six does with archery,
  • Four does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take six deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) and four does.

Deer Notes:

  • 12-inch inside spread or 15-inch main beam rule.
  • No dogs.
  • Buckshot may not be used.
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

Sept. 1, 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, 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.

Access

The area is located east of the Bradley community on Hwy. 29. Several access points are available along Hwy 29 north and south of town and along Hwy 160 east of town.

Age

The area was established as a WMA in 1970.

Camping

Camping is allowed in designated sites along the North CCC Rd.

Description

The area consists primarily of intensively managed pine timberlands with hardwood buffers along the major streams.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbits, and waterfowl (on Lake Erling). See current regulations for seasons and bag limits.

Location

It is located in Lafayette County, just east of the community of Bradley.

Management Practices

Wildlife management practices are integrated with timber management practices to provide quality wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities.

Notes
  • In addition to a General WMA Use Permit, a Lafayette County WMA leased lands permit is required to hunt, trap or camp on the area. Leased lands permits may be purchased at any license vendor, AGFC regional office or online at https://ar-web.s3licensing.com/
  • Roads may be closed due to wet or flooded conditions.
  • Vehicles must stay on maintained or graveled roads.
Ownership

This 16,739-acre area is owned by several private companies.

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

Lake Erling borders the WMA on the east and provides excellent fishing opportunities. Spring Bank and Sulphur River WMA's are located approximately 7 and 15 miles to the west, respectively.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Springhill, LA or Bradley and Magnolia, AR. Bass Haven Restaurant and Lodge are located on Lake Erling. They have lodging as well as RV hookups and a boat launch. They can be reached at 870-694-6221.

Safety

This WMA has been under a quality deer management program for several years and large deer have been harvested here consistently.

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