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Seven Devils WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 29-31, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018. WMA Deer Bag Limit: Six deer, no more than two bucks, which may include: 

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

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2017 Crow

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2017 Quail

Nov. 1, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2017 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2017 Squirrel

May 15, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2017 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no more than one jake. Firearms Hunt: April 10-25, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

2017 Waterfowl
  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except traditional jerk strings.
  • Nonresidents need a Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • 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 Hunt, Dec. 2 and Feb. 3.
  • See Notes for access regulations.
About the Name

It is named after the swamp it is a part of.

Access

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.

Age

The area was acquired in 1954.

Description

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.

Location

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.

Notes
  • No boats allowed from noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 18-Jan. 28.
    • Exception -Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 3.
  • 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. 18-Jan. 28 and Feb. 3.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Seven Devils WMA during duck season.
Ownership

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.

Phone

877-367-3559

Purpose

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.

Safety

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.

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