Counties: Garland, Perry, Saline
- 2020-21 Closed Seasons
- 2020-21 Crow
Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 21, 2021. 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.
- 2020-21 Deer
Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 17-25, 2020 and Dec. 12-14, 2020
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 14- Dec. 6, 2020 and Dec. 26-28, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020 and Jan. 2-3, 2021
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.
- Three-point rule.
- No dogs.
- 2020-21 Quail
Nov. 1, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
- 2020-21 Rabbit
Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
- 2020-21 Squirrel
May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
- 2020 Bear
Bear Archery: Sept. 26-Nov. 30, 2020
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct 17-25, 2020
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 14-30, 2020
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt:Nov. 7-8, 2020
- Statewide bag limit.
- No dogs.
- 2021 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 19-May 9, 2021. One legal turkey, 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.
- A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap.
- 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.
- A Cedar Mountain WMA Leased Land Permit is required to hunt, trap or camp on the Cedar Mountain WMA property within the Winona WMA.
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.
Lake Winona runs over the spillway at its dam when the gauge of the Alum Fork Slaine River at Winona Dam reaches 40 feet: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07362591. The road immediately south of the dam is covered with water when the water flows over the spillway. Use extreme caution crossing this road, as it only takes a few inches of flowing water to sweep a vehicle off the road.
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.