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Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA

Zone: 551

County: Hempstead

2019-20 Bobcat

Sunrise, Sept. 1, 2019-sunset, Feb. 29, 2020. Open during daylight hours only. Daily limit 2.

2019-20 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Deer Modern Gun
  • Deer Muzzleloader
2019-20 Coyote

Sunrise, July 1, 2019-sunset, Feb. 29, 2020. Open during daylight hours only. No limit.

2019-20 Crow

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays and Saturdays only. No limit.

2019-20 Deer

Deer Archery (permit hunt): Oct. 5-Nov. 24, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun (youth permit hunt): Dec. 7-8, 2019.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than one buck, which may include:

  • One buck with archery permit,
  • Two does with archery permit.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck and one doe.

Deer Notes:

  • A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to adult hunters to hunt deer on this WMA. Click here for details.
  • 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam rule.
  • No dogs.
  • An adult hunter must harvest a doe before a buck may be harvested on Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA.
  • Does harvested on this area do not count against a hunter's statewide seasonal bag limit.
  • Youth do not have to harvest a doe before a buck during any hunt.
2019-20 Dove

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only during the statewide dove season. Statewide daily bag limit and possession limit. 

2019-20 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.

2019-20 Squirrel

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020  Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020 Turkey

Youth Hunt (permit required): April 11-12, 2020. One legal turkey.
Turkey Notes: A WMA Turkey Hunt Permit is required to hunt turkeys on this WMA. Click here for details.


The area was established in 1997.


Camping is available at Millwood Lake.


Grandview Prairie represents the largest, contiguous tract of blackland prairie in public ownership in the nation. The area consists of improved pasture, woodlands, wooded draws, bottomland habitats, and native grasslands comprised of blackland prairie communities.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, small game, and furbearers can be hunted. The area is known for it's high quality white-tailed deer herd. See current regulations for seasons and permit requirements.


The area is located in Hempstead County, 2 miles north of Columbus.

Management Practices

The protection, enhancement, and restoration of the blackland prairie ecosystem is being accomplished through a landscape level management plan using prescribed fire and prairie restoration techniques. Wildlife species management plans are also being implemented. The white-tailed deer herd is managed utilizing a quality management program.


Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on lakes or ponds.


This 4,885 acre multi-use area is owned by the AGFC.




This multi-use area is managed for the protection, enhancement, and restoration of the blackland prairie habitat found there. Conservation education is also a major purpose of this area. Additionally, the area is managed for quality hunting and recreational opportunities.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Excellent fishing opportunities are found on the two area lakes. Outdoor recreation including hiking, wildflower walks, bird watching, and wildlife viewing is encouraged. A sporting clays range is available by appointment. Old Washington Historic State Park is located 5 miles to the east. Millwood Lake is approximately 10 miles to the west.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Washington, Nashville and Hope. Overnight accommodations and classroom facilities are available by reservation. Additional information can be obtained by calling (800)983-4219 or (870)983-2790.


While visiting this area, care should be taken to minimize impacts on this fragile habitat.

WMA Master Plan

View the master plan for this AGFC-owned WMA.

Detailed Interactive Map Public Use Maps