Wildlife Management Area Details 

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NameHoward County WMA
WMA Zone370
County CoverageHoward
Located in Howard County, 10 miles north of Dierks and 3 miles southwest of Umpire. 
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. 12-23 and Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunts: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Four does with archery,
• One buck and one doe with muzzleloader,
• One buck and one doe with modern gun.
• During youth hunt, youths may take one deer, buck (no antler restrictions) or doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
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 except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 21, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • All hunters, trappers and campers 16 years old and older must purchase a Howard County WMA leased lands permit for $40.
  • Leased land permits may be purchased at any license vendor, AGFC regional office or online.
Leased Land Permit RequiredYes
This area is made up of approximately 23,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser Company land.  
The area became a WMA in the 1970’s. 
The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.
Typical Athens Piedmont Plateau habitat includes rolling hills intensively managed for pine production
and pine/hardwood mixed stands along creeks. The area is bordered on the west by Gillham Lake and
the Cossatot River and partially on the south by Dierks Lake.
Access on the west side is facilitated by crossing Gillham Lake dam and following Gillham Lake Rd.
(County Rd.) through the area. Access on the north and east is facilitated by utilizing Weyerhaeuser
roads off Hwy. 4.
Hunting Opportunities
Deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. See current
regulations for season and permit requirements.
Management Practices
Wildlife management practices are integrated with timber management practices to provide quality wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities. These management practices provide substantial open land habitats and stimulate excellent browse production. Several food plots are planted throughout the area and along the lake to supplement natural browse. 
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Fishing opportunities are good in both Gillham Lake and Dierks Lake. 

Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area lies upstream on the Cossatot River. The Ouachita National
Forest is located approximately 10 miles north.
Camping is permitted on the area at designated campsites. Additional campsites area available at Blue
Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake and at the Gillham Lake dam area.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Facilities are located in Dierks and Umpire. 

Corps of Engineer campground at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake is equipped with a concrete boat ramp.
Due to the large network of Weyerhaeuser roads that run throughout the area it is recommended that anyone not familiar with the area obtain an area map from the AGFC office.