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Prairie Bayou WMA

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

Deer Archery: Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 3-4, 2018 and Jan 5-6, 2019.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include: 

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

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2018 Crow

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

2018 Quail

Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 4, 2019. Daily limit - 6. Bird dogs allowed.

2018 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2018. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 32. Dogs allowed.

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. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 9-17, 2018. One legal turkey, no jakes. (Youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

About the Name

The name for the WMA is derived from the bayou that runs along the southwest side of the area.


No camping is allowed on the WMA.


Prairie Bayou WMA encompasses 453 acres in southeastern Lonoke County, south of Carlisle. The area was acquired through the Farmers Home Administration program in 1994. The WMA is part of the Grand Prairie Ecosystem.

Hunting Opportunities

Hunting opportunities exist for deer, turkey and small game.

Management Practices

Management practices include planting of native warm-season grasses, which provide habitat for rabbit and quail.





Recreation Other Than Hunting

A main recreation opportunity people pursue on this WMA is training dogs for rabbit hunting.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and other facilities can be found in Carlisle.

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