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Ozan WMA

2018-19 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
2018-19 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 29-31, 2018.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 10-Dec. 16 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 3-4, 2018 and Jan. 5-6, 2019.
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:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2018-19 Waterfowl

View Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits.

Waterfowl Notes: 

  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident 5-day WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl. 
  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except jerk strings.
2018 Crow

Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 21, 2019. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2018 Quail

Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2018 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2018 Squirrel

May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2018 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 7-8, 2018. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 9-24, 2018. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

Access

The area has two public parking lots - one on the west border to access the moist soil unit, and one on the east border to access the WMA interior. Travel is restricted to foot traffic only.

Age

The area was established as a WMA in 1991.

Camping

Nearest camping facilities are in Hope or on Millwood Lake.

Description

The 580-acre area is within the Blackland Prairie belt in Hempstead County. Levees and water-control structures create many moist-soil units on the area, which provide habitat for migrating waterfowl and wading birds. Hills covered in pine/hardwood and cedars blanket sections of the WMA.

Hunting Opportunities

The area provides excellent public hunting and wildlife viewing for a variety of game and non-game animals. White-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, eastern wild turkey, and squirrels frequent the upland forested areas, while sections of old-field habitat provide excellent rabbit hunting. During winter, the moist-soil units offer excellent waterfowl habitat.

Location

The WMA is east of the Ozan community on Arkansas Highway 278 in Hempstead County.

Management Practices

Prescribed burning is implemented on this area to setback succession and stimulate browse production. Water-control structures enable area managers to flood moist-soil units and retain semi-aquatic vegetation preferred by waterfowl and wading birds.

Ownership

This 580-acre area is owned by the AGFC.

Phone

877-777-5580

Recreation Other Than Hunting

The area also is excellent for watching wildlife, such as wading birds, waterfowl and Neotropical migrants like Bell's Vireo. Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie WMA is approximately 5 miles to the southwest. Old Washington Historic State Park is approximately 7 miles south on Hwy 4.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are in Washington, Nashville or Hope.

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