Sulphur River WMA
- 2019-20 Closed Seasons
- 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.
Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area - Sept. 28-Oct. 31, 2019.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 21-23, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8 and Dec. 26-28, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2019 and Jan. 4-5, 2020.
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.
- Three-point rule.
- No dogs.
- 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
- 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 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.
- See Notes for access regulations.
- 2019 Alligator
Alligator (permit hunt): Sept. 20-23 and Sept. 27-30, 2019
Alligator Notes: Hunting by drawn permit only. Click here for details
- 2020 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2020. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 13-15 and April 18-20, 2020. One legal turkey, no jakes (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 during the permit hunt. Click here for details.
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 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 23, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020.
- Exception 1 - Boats allowed within the Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou.
- Exception 2 - Boats allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, 2019, Jan 29-31, and Feb. 8, 2020.
- 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. 23, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020 and Feb. 8, 2020.
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.
- WMA Master Plan