Hunting & Fishing at Sulphur River

Sulphur River WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons

  • Bear

2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.

Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area – Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2017.

Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 16-18, 2017.

Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 10 and Dec. 26-28, 2017.

Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018. 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.

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.

2017 Alligator

Alligator (permit hunt): Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25.

Alligator Notes: Hunting by drawn permit only. Click here for details

2017 Crow

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2017 Quail

Nov. 1, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018. Daily limit – 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2017 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Daily limit – 8, possession limit – 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2017 Squirrel

May 15, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit – 12, possession limit – 48.

2017 Turkey

Youth Hunt (permit required): April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey. Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12 and April 15-17, 2017. One bearded turkey (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. Click here for details.

2017 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 Nonresident Wildlife Management Area Waterfowl Hunting Permit to hunt waterfowl.
  • See Notes for access regulations.

Access

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.