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NameScott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA
WMA Zone280
County CoverageVan Buren
The area is in Van Buren county, about 12 miles southwest of Clinton and 30 miles north of Morrilton. It is bisected on the south by Arkansas Highway 389 and on the north by the south fork of the Little Red River. It is adjoined on the west by the Ozark National Forest, the remaining boundary is adjoined by private land.
Seasons and Regulations
Youth Hunt (no permit required): April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12, April 15-17, and April 22-24, 2017. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 13-14 and April 18-21, 2017. One bearded turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Turkey Permit:
Turkey hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
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Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 15-19, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 12-16, 2016.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than one buck, which may include:
• One buck with archery, muzzleloader permit or modern gun permit,
• Three does with archery,
• One doe with muzzleloader permit,
• One doe with modern gun permit.
Deer Notes: 12-inch inside spread or 15-inch main beam rule. No dogs.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
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Bear Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30, 2016
Bear Muzzleloader (deer permit holders only): Oct. 15-19, 2016.
Bear Modern Gun (deer permit holders only): Nov. 12-16, 2016.
Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. No dogs. Bear seasons close earlier if bear zone quota is reached.
Dec. 10-12, 2016 and Jan. 1-3, 2017.
Daily Limit - 4. 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 except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 21, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Alligator
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA was named after its most prominent landmark - Gulf Mountain. In 2010, the area was renamed to honor former AGFC director Scott Henderson. Henderson was AGFC director from 2003 to 2010.
The area was purchased by the AGFC in 1970 with the initial purchase totaling 6,400 acres. In 1971, an additional 3,600 acres was purchased and several smaller tracts totaling 2,012 acres have been added
since. Approximately 2,000 acres of Green Bay Packaging lands are incorporated into the wildlife management area land base.
The area was founded in 1970 with additional land purchases over the years. 
The area was purchased to help meet the projected demand for all types of wildlife-oriented recreation.This upland is well diversified, having high deer and small game populations as well as the potential to provide more hunter opportunity on all species of upland game. 
Gulf Mountain contains 14,000 acres of which approximately 1,000 are in fields in various stages of growth. Composition of timber resources is approximately 65 percent hardwood and 35 percent pine. Hardwood type on the southern exposures is predominantly post oak-blackjack oak. The northern slope hardwoods are predominantly red oaks and white oaks. Topography is gently rolling to mountainous with elevation ranging from 700 feet msl on the south fork Little Red River to 1,500 feet msl on the highest ridge. There are 5.4 miles of streams on the property available via a low-water crossing.
The area is located at Scotland which is 12 miles southwest of Clinton and 30 miles north of Morrilton.From Clinton, on US 65, take highways 65B to the junction of 65B and state 95. Take state 95, 12 miles south to Scotland. From Scotland follow WMA signs to the management area, 2.5 miles. 
Hunting Opportunities
High populations of white-tailed deer and squirrels are found throughout the entire area. Black bears are fairly common. Wild turkeys are hunted with fair success. Furbearer populations are high on the area, with raccoon, gray fox, coyote and bobcat being featured species for trappers.
Management Practices
Management practices consist primarily of maintaining field systems and open forests through controlled burning, plowing and disking. Controlled burning is used primarily for quail management in field systems and to produce desirable browse species for deer and small game in pine and low-quality hardwood sites. Firelanes surrounding all field and woodlands are planted in wheat each fall to provide forage during winter, nesting cover in spring, and brood habitat and seed in summer and fall. Plowing and disking is used to control noxious vegetation and maintain plant succession in an early stage.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Nearby recreation focuses on the Little Red River. Swimming, canoeing and fishing are popular. 
Gulf Mountain has six primitive camping areas with 118 camping units. 
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Restaurants and motels are available at Clinton, 15 miles away. Food, gas and supplies are available in Scotland.
The local bear population is high. Care must be taken with food when camping on the area.
Low-water crossing - Little Red River - heavy rains can make crossing impassable in a matter of hours.