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Ellis County WMA

Ellis County WMA, photo by Kelly Adams


Game Warden (County):

Area Acres
4,800 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
236.18 ac.

Ellis County WMA covers 4,800 acres and is located in Ellis County, 8 miles west and 3.5 miles south of Arnett. Located in the mixed grass prairie, it is a mixture of rolling sand hill uplands and wooded creek bottomland.     

Upland sites are vegetated with mixed grass species including big bluestem, indian grass, little bluestem, side-oats grama, and buffalo grass and brush species like shinnery oak, sagebrush, sand plum and black locust. Creek bottoms are dominated by cottonwood, elm, and hackberry trees. Lake Vincent, a 160 acre watershed lake, and two intermittent streams with beaver ponds are located within the boundary. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 24 inches.

From Arnett: 8 miles west on U.S. Hwy 60, 3¾ miles south on N1730.

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are usually present in good numbers but highly sought after.  
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are usually present in fair numbers. 
  • Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkey are present in fair numbers. 
  • Rabbit: Mostly cottontails, but an occasional jackrabbit may be  found. 
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 
  • Dove: Dove may be present in good numbers during peak migration. 
  • Waterfowl: Few present, limited to Lake Vincent and ponds.
  • Bald Eagle: Occasionally winter at the lake.   

Management efforts focus on producing native cover plants and wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower, although some small agricultural food plots are planted annually.

Six designated primitive camping areas are located on the area.  Both lodging and restaurants are available in Arnett. No shooting range is available.

Fishing opportunities exist at the lake and several small ponds on the area.

Closed Seasons
Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun
Same As Statewide Seasons
Deer Archery, Youth Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Dove, Crow, Turkey Fall Archery, Turkey Fall Gun
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Deer Gun

Open during the first nine days only. Antlerless hunting permitted last two days of area season.

  • Snipe, Woodcock, Waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, Rail, Gallinule, Rabbit, Squirrel, Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Trapping

Open to water sets, live box traps and enclosed trigger traps only through Jan 31. Open same as statewide Feb 1 through end of February.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

Hunting hours close at 7:00 p.m. daily. One-tom limit; seasons combined.

  • Quail

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Closed to non-resident hunting February 1-15.

Additional Restrictions:

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

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