Seven Devils WMA
- 2020-21 Closed Seasons
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Waterfowl hunters may not possess shot shells containing shot larger than No. 2 and may possess no more than 15 shells unless hunters are in camping, parking or boat launching areas or during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunts and Special Military Hunts, Dec. 5 and Feb. 6.
- See Area Notes for access regulations.
- 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).
- About the Name
It is named after the swamp it is a part of.
Access to the west side and the parking area. Take state highway 35 east from Monticello for approximately 12 miles. A green WMA sign is located here on the left at the Cominto fire tower. A gravel road turns left here and goes 2 miles to the parking area. Currently, there are no campsites on the Seven Devils area, however, camping is available on the adjacent Casey Jones Area 1, provided at least one of the campers has a valid Casey Jones permit.
The area was acquired in 1954.
- Area Notes
- A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap.
- Closed to all access (except in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and boat staging areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 21-Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. Boats may only be launched in boat staging areas after 2:00 a.m. and any boat must remain occupied at all times while kept in boat staging areas between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
- No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 21-Jan. 31.
Exception – Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Jan. 21-31 and Feb. 6.
- Boating regulations on WMAs and NWRs.
- Airboats may not be operated within Seven Devils WMA during duck season.
It is a true wetland ecosystem, composed almost totally of cypress, tupelo, buttonbush, locust and willow. There is one main stream contributing to the area and that is Cut-Off Creek which flows through the center of the area.
- Hunting Opportunities
The area is widely known for its good duck hunting. No permanent blinds are allowed. Furbearer trapping is good especially for raccoon and mink. Squirrel, deer and rabbits can be hunted on the area before the area is flooded usually in late October.
It is in southeastern Drew County 12 miles east of Monticello.
- Management Practices
The area is managed as a greentree area for waterfowl and the water is controlled by a 3/4 mile dam and a stop log structure that impedes the flow of Cut-Off Creek. The gates are closed from September 15 and opened around February 15. There are 12 food plots scattered on the area that are maintained for wildlife.
It is part of a 6,000 acre swamp located in Drew County. 512 acres are owned by the AGFC the remainder is owned mostly by Georgia-Pacific Corp. and other private individuals. The portion owned by Georgia-Pacific is in the land lease system known as the Casey Jones WMA.
The area was originally purchased for a fishing lake. The area is now managed mostly for waterfowl.
- Recreation Other Than Hunting
Fishing on the area in the spring is considered good. Species include; bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. By summer, water levels are too low for good fishing. The swamp has a breeding population of anhingas, great blue herons, little green herons and American herons. There are occasional sightings of eagles in the fall and winter. There are some alligators present on the area.
- Restaurants and Other Facilities
There are motels, supplies and restaurants in Monticello and Dermott. Supplies and food in Collins. There are two boat ramps on the area.
Getting lost on the area is a problem due to water and similarity of all the terrain. The area has a good population of mosquitoes and cottonmouths and deer flies. Access to the hunting area is by foot or boat.