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Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA

Zone: 575

Counties: Monroe, Woodruff

2019-20 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Turkey
2019-20 Crow

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2019-20 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 19-23, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 9-13, 2019.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include: 

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Two (one buck and one doe) with muzzleloader permit,
  • Two (one buck and one doe) with modern gun permit.

Deer Notes:

2019-20 Quail

Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2019-20 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2019-20 Squirrel

May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2019-20 Waterfowl

View Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits.

Waterfowl Notes: 

  • 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.
  • Conway George Tract: Closed to all access from Nov. 16 to Feb. 2, except waterfowl permit holders on permit hunts:
    • Hunting allowed in designated locations through online permit lottery.Four hunters per party are allowed in each drawn location.
    • Visit to apply.
    • All day hunting on Saturday and Sunday only. 
  • Nonresidents need a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on this WMA. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 23-Dec.2, Dec. 27-Jan. 5 and Jan. 22-Jan. 31.
About the Name

The management area received its name from a small farming community that located in the vicinity prior to the 1927 flood. On March 20, 2008, the area was renamed after former commissioner Sheffield Nelson of Little Rock. Nelson served on the commission from 2000 to 2007. He was appointed by former governor Mike Huckabee.  Nelson grew up in Monroe County where the WMA is located.


Sheffield Nelson Dagmar is accessible from I-40 exiting at either Brinkley or Biscoe, depending on direction of travel, and traveling state highway 70 west 6 miles from Brinkley or east 10 miles from Biscoe. Signs are posted at the entrance of Sheffield Nelson Dagmar on highway 70.


The area came into being in 1952.


There are 14 primitive campsites on the area maintained by area personnel.


Sheffield Nelson Dagmar is a bottomland hardwood overflow area with many lakes, ponds, sloughs and bayous. Bayou Deview, Robe Bayou, Hickson lake, Gator Pond, Bowfin Overflow, Straight Lake, Apple Lake Waterfowl Rest Area and numerous other small lakes and sloughs occupy approximately 800 acres.

Hunting Opportunities

The hunting opportunities on Sheffield Nelson Dagmar are available for the following species; cottontails, swamprabbits, coyotes, deer, ducks and furbearers. Geese, dove, woodcock and snipe are hunted but with poor success. Raccoon hunting is good to excellent depending on water levels. Squirrel hunting is excellent some years and is probably the most sought after species on the management area. In order of hunter use I would list squirrel, deer, ducks and rabbits, as the most heavily hunted animals on Sheffield Nelson Dagmar.

Management Practices

Practices are carried out as directed in the Wildlife Management Master Plan. Wildlife openings are maintained by dicing, controlled burning, planting or mowing. These methods are used to treat particular openings by rotation and are treated as deemed necessary by the openland inventory.

  • No boats allowed from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 23-Jan. 31.
    • Exception 1 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 8.
    • Exception 2 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on the following waters:
      • Robe Bayou Access from the WMA northern boundary to the low-water crossing at I-40
      • Gator Pond to include only the open water pond area.
      • Bayou DeView designated water trail.
  • Closed to all access (except in designated campsites, parking areas and boat launch ramps) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 23-Jan. 31 and Feb. 8. There are no boat staging areas on this WMA.
  • Apple Lake WRA closed to access Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA during duck season.
  • Call 800-440-1477 to check if roads are closed before heading out to hunt, fish or camp.

Acquisition began in 1952 with the purchase of 5,265 acres from the Dacus Lumber Company. In 1955, an additional 1,209 acres was purchased from the Townsend Lumber Company. In 1971, 1,262 acres was purchased from the Deview Water Company. In recent years, several small acquisitions brought the total acreage of the management area to 7,976 acres. The Commission owns the entire area.




It was purchased as a refuge for waterfowl and small game.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Sheffield Nelson Dagmar is known for being an excellent fishing area. This activity may constitute the largest use by the public each year. Crappie, bass, bream and catfish are the most sought after on the bayous, sloughs and lakes throughout the management area. Birds of many species frequent the area and provide recreational opportunity for the bird enthusiast. During some winters eagles may be observed in and around Sheffield Nelson Dagmar. The 400-acre Apple Lake Waterfowl Rest Area is utilized by large numbers of ducks and wading birds. Bayou DeView would be a portion of the management area well worth viewing. The bayou is dominated by cypress and tupelo trees with many of the large cypress being 450 to 1200 years old, according studies completed by the University of Arkansas. In 1989 Sheffield Nelson Dagmar was included as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Brinkley, located 6 miles east of Sheffield Nelson Dagmar has 4 motels and a RV site to accommodate visitors. The management area has 5 concrete boat launching ramps. They are located at Gator Pond, Big and Little Robe Bayous, Apple Lake Waterfowl Rest Area and Hickson Lake.


Some visitors have been lost on Sheffield Nelson Dagmar, but it is not a common occurrence. Due to the topography, a compass would be advisable. Mosquitoes are abundant during the summer and sprays are a must to survive. One main road traverses the area and is the only road designated as open. Non-graveled roads are closed and three or four wheel ATVs not allowed except by permit.

WMA Master Plan

View the master plan for this AGFC-owned WMA.

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