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Sulphur River WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area - Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 16-18, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 10 and Dec. 26-28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018. WMA Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

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

Deer Notes:

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

Alligator (permit hunt): Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25.
Alligator Notes: Hunting by drawn permit only. Click here for details

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 (permit required): April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey. Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12 and April 15-17, 2017. One bearded turkey (youths may take one jake as part of their two-bird seasonal limit).
Turkey Notes: A WMA Turkey Hunt Permit is required to hunt turkeys on this WMA. Click here for details.

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.
  • See Notes for access regulations.

Access to this area is very limited, except by boat. The west side may be accessed by traveling south on SH 71 from Texarkana for approximately 15 miles and taking SH 237east, crossing Sulphur River and continuing 2 miles and turning left onto Canal Access road and traveling to the canal access boat ramp. This is a major access point for Mercer Bayou. Using the same directions, turning right off SH 237 at the Smith Park entrance, and traveling approximately 2 miles you can access Long Slough and the Sulphur River (there are boat ramps at both locations). The east side may be accessed by traveling south on SH 71from Texarkana approximately 20 miles to the Sulphur River bridge crossing. There is a boat ramp located at the bridge. Continuing 2 miles south, turn right on CR 6 at the AGFC sign. Follow the county road, taking all rights, approximately 3 miles to the area.


The area was established in the 1950s.


Camping is available at designated sites.


The area consists of one of the last remaining large tracts of bottomland hardwood habitat along the Red River Valley. The Sulphur River runs for approximately 10 miles through the management area. Mercer Bayou (an old river channel) located on the west side of the area consists of approximately 1,000 acres and is approximately 9 miles long. Days Creek is a major tributary on the northeast side of the area. Bottomland hardwoods, cypress breaks, and the associated oxbows and sloughs dominate this area. A small portion of the area contains rolling hills with mixed pine-hardwood adjacent to the floodplain.

Hunting Opportunities

Waterfowl, deer, turkey, small game, and furbearers. The area is known for it's remoteness and lack of access; creating a challenging hunting environment. See current regulations for seasons and permit requirements.


It is located in Miller County, 16 miles south of Texarkana.

Management Practices

The primary objective of this management area is to protect and enhance the unique bottomland hardwood/wetland habitats while providing recreational opportunities. There are two moist-soil units comprising approximately 900 acres. These units are seasonally flooded to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring wetland plants for waterfowl food and habitat. The Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area (500 acres) is included within these units. Several fall and winter food plots are also present.

  • The Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area is closed Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
  • Airboats may not be operated within Sulphur River WMA (excluding Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou) during duck season.
  • No boats allowed from noon to 4 a.m., Nov. 18-Jan. 28.
    • Exception 1 - Boats allowed within the Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou.
    • Exception 2 - Boats allowedÊfrom noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, Jan 26-28 and Feb. 3.
  • Closed to all access (except within the Sulphur River, Mercer Bayou, 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. 

This 16,520-acre area is owned by the AGFC.




The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities. It is also managed for the protection and enhancement of the bottomland hardwood/wetland ecosystem that occurs there.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Mercer Bayou provides excellent bass, crappie, and bream fishing. Sulphur River provides seasonal fishing opportunities. A tremendous variety of passerine and wetland bird species occurs on the area, resulting in excellent birdwatching opportunities. Spring Bank and Lafayette Co. WMA's are approximately 7 and 10 miles to the east, respectively. Also, the states of Texas and Louisiana are very close to the West and South, respectively.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Fouke and Texarkana. Boat ramps are located at Mercer Bayou (north and south) and at Smith Park (Long Slough and Sulphur River).


This area is very remote and access is limited. Maps and compass are needed for navigation and users should be prepared for emergencies. Additionally, Sulphur River water levels can fluctuate drastically due to dam releases from Wright Patman Lake. Always wear a life jacket and check river levels.

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