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Railroad Prairie Natural Area WMA

2018-19 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Deer Modern Gun
  • Deer Muzzleloader
  • Turkey
2018-19 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019.
WMA Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery.

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. 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.

2018 Squirrel

May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

About the Name

Railroad Prairie Natural Area occupies portions of the abandoned right-of-way of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific railroads along U.S. Highway 70 between Carlisle and DeValls Bluff.


Camping is not allowed.


Its long, linear shape encompasses a variety of habitats and communities including prairie, herbaceous wetlands and forests. A large portion of Railroad Prairie consists of tallgrass prairie, a habitat that was once much more common across the Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas.

Hunting Opportunities

Hunting opportunities exist for deer, small game and quail.


Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission



Recreation Other Than Hunting

Bird watching is a popular recreational activity on this WMA

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and other facilities can be found in the cities of Carlisle and DeValls Bluff.


This area is adjacent to U.S. Highway 70, visitors should be aware of traffic.

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