Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Hunting and Fishing

Credit: Gypsy Hanks, USFWS

Credit: Gypsy Hanks, USFWS



Upper Ouachita NWR has four months of either sex archery deer hunting. Gun deer hunting is limited to several either sex weekend hunts. Waterfowl hunting is open during the state season including Youth Days and Special Teal Season with hunting until noon. Mourning dove, quail, woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and opossum may be hunted. A lottery youth turkey hunt is held in the Spring. Please consult the Public Use Regulations brochure for specific regulations and instructions for applying to the lottery hunt.



Largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish are popular fishes caught from the refuge's many lakes, sloughs and creeks that are enriched annually by the backwater of the Ouachita River. Many anglers also fish the river. Three boat launches are available to access refuge waters.


When printed off and signed the hunting pamphlets above will act as an official Refuge Hunting Permit for that year.


Migrating Mallards!

Every week, over 100 biologists, wildlife managers and other experts rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas.These rankings do not depict mallard abundance; they indicate the relative progression of the fall migration. Estimated peak numbers of mallards may be lower or higher than average numbers during previous years due to annual variations in local wetland and environmental conditions. As a result, a dark color does not necessarily mean that lots of mallards are present in that region.

These maps depict real time estimates of migration without the benefit of waiting until the completion of migration before providing assessments. Revised maps will be posted in February. Some variation in results may also occur depending on the number of experts reporting for a given week.

The mallard migration observation network was established as part of a broader project to use GPS satellite telemetry to better understand mallard movements, distribution, and habitat use. The rankings provided by participants this fall will be compared with the locations of mallards marked with GPS satellite telemetry units to help determine if mallards carrying the additional weight of a transmitter display normal migration behavior.


Last updated: November 29, 2016