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Ozan WMA

Zone: 495

County: Hempstead

2020-21 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
2020-21 Crow

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 21, 2021. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2020-21 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 17-25, 2020 and Dec. 29-31, 2020
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 14-Dec. 20, 2020 and Dec. 26-28, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020 and Jan. 2-3, 2021
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take five deer, no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to five does.

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2020-21 Quail

Nov. 1, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2020-21 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2020-21 Squirrel

May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020-21 Waterfowl

Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits

General WMA Regulations

Waterfowl Notes:

  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except jerk strings. See exact code.
  • In addition to a valid Arkansas hunting license, nonresidents need a a valid Arkansas waterfowl stamp (DSN) and a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on wildlife management areas. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 21-30, Dec. 27-Jan. 5, Jan. 22-31. It is available online, by telephone or from license dealers. Nonresidents will also need a free WMA General Use permit (WMP) when hunting on any WMA.
2021 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 19-May 9, 2021. One legal turkey, 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.

Area Notes

A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap.

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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