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Bayou Des Arc WMA

Zone County
005 Prairie
Acres: 953
2024-25 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
  • Alligator
2024-25 Crow
Sept. 1, 2024-Feb. 17, 2025. Open Thursdays through Mondays only. No limit.
2024-25 Deer
Deer Archery: Sept. 7-9 (one buck only); Sept. 28-Feb. 28.
Deer Alternative Firearms: Oct. 19-27.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 15 and Dec. 26-28.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 2-3 and Jan. 4-5.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, alternative firearms or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Two does with alternative firearms and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to two does.

Deer Notes:

2024-25 Quail
Nov. 1, 2024-Feb. 2, 2025.  Daily limit – 6, possession limit – 12.
2024-25 RabbitSept. 1, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025. Daily limit – 8, possession limit – 16.
2024-25 Squirrel
May 15, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025. Dogs allowed. Daily limit – 12, possession limit – 48.
2025 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 12-13, 2025. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 21-29, 2025. One legal turkey.
About the Name
This 953-acre wildlife management area received its name from the city of Des Arc, a historical river town on the White River in Prairie County.
Access to the WMA is limited to walk-in visitors. Parking is available at lake parking facilities.
Des Arc WMA was created in 1966 after the acquisition of property for the construction of a 320-acre public fishing lake. After the creation of Lake Des Arc, bottomland hardwood habitat remained outside the levee system, providing an opportunity for development of this small management area.
Area Notes
Area Type
Primitive camping is available.
The 300-acre area is a bottomland hardwood overflow tract.
Hunting Opportunities
Swamp rabbits, deer, ducks and squirrels are the most frequently hunted species. Raccoons may be taken and hunting is good to excellent depending upon water levels.
Bayou Des Arc is 5 miles north of the city of Des Arc on Highway 11.
Management Practices
The hardwood habitat is managed as other typical bottomland areas. Timber inventories evaluate the vigor and quality of the habitat for wildlife. The 320-acre lake is managed by an AGFC fisheries biologist.
The AGFC owns the lake and Wildlife Management Area.
This tract provides additional public use opportunities close to a public fishing lake.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
This management area provides an opportunity to observe many species of wetland birds and Neotropical migrants for bird enthusiasts and photographers.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
The nearest facilities are in Des Arc and Hazen. Several restaurants provide various types of food and small grocery stores provide camp foods.
When accessing the WMA by boat across Lake Des Arc, make sure proper personal flotation devices for all members are aboard the vessel.