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Ethel WMA

Zone County
217 Arkansas
2023-24 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Deer Modern Gun
  • Deer Muzzleloader
2023-24 Crow
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 19, 2024. Open Thursdays through Mondays only. No limit.
2023-24 Deer
Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Firearms: Closed

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

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery.
  • Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt is three deer, no more than two legal bucks (no antler restrictions) and one doe

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2023-24 Quail
Nov. 1, 2023-Feb. 5, 2024. Daily limit – 6, possession limit -12.
2023-24 Rabbit
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024. Daily limit – 8, possession limit – 16.
2024-25 Squirrel
May 15, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025. Dogs allowed. Daily limit – 12, possession limit – 48.
2024 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2024. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 15-May 5, 2023. One legal turkey.
About the Name
This WMA got its name from the town Ethel. Up until the 90s, this land was only accessible to people who lived in Ethel.
Area Notes
There is no camping on this WMA.
Ethel WMA comprises 176 acres in Arkansas County. The area was formerly managed for agriculture, but was transferred to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission through the Farmers Home Administration. This area is composed of early successional hardwoods intermixed with older bottomland hardwoods.
Hunting Opportunities
The area is best known for its small game hunting potential, but offers limited archery hunting for deer.
Management Practices
There are no active management practices at this time.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Because of this WMA’s diverse plant and animal population, there is potential for people to observe various types of wildlife and vegetation.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
DeWitt and Stuttgart are the closest towns to find hotel and eating accommodations.
This WMA has a healthy population of venomous snakes and mosquitoes. Be sure to pack insect repellent and watch for snakes.