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Winona WMA

2018-19 Closed Seasons
  •  Alligator
2018-19 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 8-10, 2018
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 10-Dec.2 and Dec. 26-28, 2018
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 3-4, 2018 and Jan. 5-6, 2019

WMA Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • One doe with muzzleloader or modern gun.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) and one doe.

Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. 

2018 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 22-Nov. 30, 2018 
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 20-28, 2018
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 10-30, 2018
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 3-4, 2018

Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. No dogs.

2018 Crow


  • Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 21, 2019
  • Open Thursdays through Mondays
  • No limit.

Crow notes: Crows may not be hunted with rifles or handguns larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.  Crows may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger that T shot.  Crows may not be hunter over bait.

2018 Quail


  • Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019
  • Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12
2018 Rabbit


  • Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019
  • Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16
2018 Squirrel


  • May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019 and May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed
  • Daily Limit-12, possession limit-48
2018 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 7-8, 2018. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 9-24, 2018. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

About the Name

Derived its name from a lake on the area of the same name.


The area can be reached from Perryville via AR 9 south 4 miles. From Little Rock, take AR 10 west for 30 miles to junction of AR 9. From Hot Springs, take AR 7 north, 25 miles or AR 5 north, 20 miles then AR 9 north, 15 miles.


It was established in 1968.

Area Type



There are no developed campsites, but USFS allows unrestricted camping where you want. Camping is not allowed within the Central Arkansas Water Use Area immediately surrounding Lake Winona.


Consists of 174,782 acres of moderate to rugged mountain terrain and narrow valleys. The predominate timber types are upland hardwoods, shortleav pine and mixed pine-hardwood. Typical of the Ouachitas, the ridges run in an east-west fashion. Hardwoods are generally found on the north and east aspects of the mountains while pine occupies the south and west aspects. Numerous streams are found on the area, including the headwaters of the Maumelle and Saline Rivers. The South Fouche LaFave river cuts across the northwest corner of the area. A few man-made lakes including Lake Winona, Lake Sylvia and Bear Creek Lake are found on the area.

Hunting Opportunities

Numerous hunting opportunities exist on the area. Deer, turkey, squirrel, bear, furbearers, cottontail, bobwhite, raccoon, mourning dove, coyote, woodcock, snipe and ducks.


Perry and Saline counties. 4 miles south of Perryville.

Management Practices

Roughly 109 food plots are managed each year on a rotational basis. Several hundred acres of controlled burning, overstory mast development increase acorn production, honeysuckle planting, timber harvesting, water hole development, midstory thinning and bush hogging.


Refer to USDA Forest Service website for more information.Central Arkansas Water policy restricts ATV use or camping on CAW properties immediately surrounding Lake Winona.CAW lake project office can be reached by calling 501-594-5261.


Primary ownership is by the USDA. The AGFC annually leases large portions of land from Green Bay Packaging, Inc. to enhance public access and hunting on this WMA as well.




The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Hiking and back packing, the Ouachita Trail transverses the area from AR 9 to AR 7, passing through the Flatside Wilderness Area. Fishing opportunities for bass, crappie and catfish can be found on Lake Winona.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and motels can be found at nearby Perryville. Groceries can be found at Williamês Junction, Perryville, Brownês Center and Hollis.


There are some safety considerations to be considered. There is a possibility of being temporarily lost. Keep in mind that the ridges run east-west and you should be able to travel in a consistent direction and eventually hit a main road. Potential bear problems will be avoided if you use common sense in dealing with garbage and cooking materials.

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