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NameBig Timber WMA
WMA Zone045
County CoverageClark
The scattered areas that make up the Big Timber Leased Lands WMA are in various parts of Clark County.
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 10-25, 2017. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18 and Dec. 26-28, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Six deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Six does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take six deer,
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Bear Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30, 2016 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23, 2016 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 7-30, 2016 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 20165 (only on that part of the area that lies in bear zone 2).
Bear Notes: Statewide limit. No dogs. Bear seasons close earlier if bear zone quota is reached.
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
May 15, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Dogs allowed during modern gun deer season. No dogs allowed Nov. 12-20, 2016. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 19, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • The Upland WDA is closed to motor vehicles (except ATVs, which may be used on the main road).
  • Hunters, trappers and campers aged 16 years or older must purchase a Big Timber WMA leased lands permit. Leased land permits may be purchased at any license vendor, AGFC regional office or online.
  • Holders of AGFC Mobility-Impaired Access (MIA) may operate ATVs only on designated mobility-impaired access areas on Big Timber WMA.
  • ATVs on designated MIA areas must be 100 feet and no more than 300 feet from the centerline of the road.
  • Only one hunting stand or blind per MIA card holder allowed.
Leased Land Permit RequiredYes
About the Name
Big Timber Leased Lands WMA is a group of privately owned tracts that are leased annually by the AGFC. Private landowners that participate
include The Ross Foundation, Clark Timberlands, Anthony Timberlands and Red River Texarkana (managed by Hancock Forest Management).
The Big Timber Leased Lands WMA was established in 1988. 
The WMA was established to provide hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities in Clark County. 
The various tracts within the Big Timber Leased Lands WMA provide a diversity of habitat types, including upland pine, upland pine/hardwood mix, upland hardwood, bottomland pine/hardwood mix, and bottomland hardwood.
A Big Timber Leased Lands WMA map is a must for those not familiar with the area. These maps are available to those who purchase a Big Timber WMA permits from license dealers, AGFC Regional Offices or the
AGFC License Division in Little Rock.
Hunting Opportunities
Big Timber Leased Lands WMA offers excellent deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities.

Some oxbows, sloughs and beaver impoundments offer good to excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Management Practices
Most of the tracts are managed intensively for pine and/or hardwood sawtimber. Single-tree selection is the predominant harvesting method. Prescribed fire also is used. These timber management practices produce excellent wildlife habitat for most game species.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Rivers, streams, oxbows and sloughs offer excellent fishing opportunities. Big Timber Leased Lands WMA Upland Wildlife Demonstration Area is on Highway 182, 5 miles west of Gurdon. This 2,260-acre area is owned by the Ross Foundation and is intensively managed for upland wildlife species and pine sawtimber production. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker can be found here as well as healthy deer and turkey populations. One purpose of the area is to demonstrate upland wildlife and timber management to private landowners.
Designated campsites are located in various areas of the WMA. No electricity or running water is provided.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Restaurants and other facilities are available in Arkadelphia, Gurdon and Prescott. 
As with all WMAs, certain areas can become crowded. All users of the area should practice basic hunter safety. Those users not familiar with the area should carry a map and compass and should let others know where they plan to be hunting and when they plan to return.