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NameBenson Creek Natural Area WMA
WMA Zone023
Region2
County CoverageMonroe
Phone877-734-4581
Seasons and Regulations
Turkey:
Youth Hunt: April 12-13, 2014. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 19-27, 2014. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer:
Deer Archery: Sept. 28, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 19-23, 2013.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 9-13, 2013.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, 
  • Three does with archery, 
  • One buck or doe with muzzeloader permit,
  • One buck or doe with modern gun permit. 
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Bear:
Quail:
Nov. 1, 2013-Feb. 2, 2014. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Rabbit:
Sept. 1, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.
Squirrel:
May 15, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Crow:
Sept. 1, 2013-Feb. 21,2014. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
CLOSED:
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Deer modern gun
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Elk
Area Notes:
  • Motorized vehicles, horses, camping and construction of hunting stands are prohibited.
  • This area is in Flood Prone Region D. Click here for details. 
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
Benson Creek Natural Area WMA is named after the creek that runs through it.
Ownership
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
AgeAquired in 1993.
Purpose
All ANHC natural areas are lands specifically managed to preserve, and sometimes restore, natural communities that have become rare.
Description
Benson Creek Natural Area WMA is one of many natural areas owned by the Natural Heritage Commission that are available to the public. It includes 610 acres of bald cypress/water tupelo swamps along Bayou DeView.
Access
From Brinkley go north on U.S. Highway 49 to Arkansas Highway 17. Go west on Arkansas Highway 17 about 3 miles to the bridge over Bayou DeView. Parking and boat access are available south of the bridge.
Hunting Opportunities
Hunting opportunities exist for deer, small game and waterfowl.
Management Practices
Restoration efforts are used to improve the ecological quality of previosuly disturbed plant communities.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Canoeing and bird watching are popular on this area.
Camping
Camping is not allowed.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Restaurants and other facilities can be found in Brinkley, about 5 miles south.