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NameMuddy Creek WMA
WMA Zone460
Region6
County CoverageMontgomery, Scott, Yell
Location
It is in Montgomery, Scott and Yell counties. 10 miles Northwest of Mt. Ida.
Phone877-478-1043
Seasons and Regulations
Turkey:
Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2015. Two bearded turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 18-May 3, 2015. Two bearded turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Deer:
Deer Archery: Sept. 27, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 18-26 and Dec. 13-15, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 8-30 and Dec. 26-28, 2014.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 1-2, 2014 and Jan. 3-4, 2015.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
• Three does with archery,
• One doe with muzzleloader or modern gun (WMA doe permit required).
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. A Muddy Creek WMA doe permit is required to harvest a doe with firearms. Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt is three deer: two bucks (no antler restrictions) and one doe. A WMA doe permit is not required during the youth hunt.
Bear:
Bear Archery: Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2014.
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 18-26, 2014.
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 3-30, 2014.
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 1-2, 2014.
Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. Season closes early if bear zone quota is reached.
Quail:
Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Rabbit:
Sept. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
Squirrel:
May 15, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Crow:
Sept. 1, 2014-Feb. 21,2015. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
CLOSED:
  • Alligator
  • Elk
Area Notes:
Refer to USDA Forest Service website for more information.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
The name derived from a creek located on the area. 
Ownership
Primary ownership is by the USDA Forest Service and Weyerhauser Corp.  
Age
The area was established in 1968 as a result of a "Memorandum of understanding" between the US Forest Service, Weyerhauser and AGFC. 
Purpose
The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas. 
Description
Muddy Creek consists of 150,000 acres of moderate to rugged mountain terrain and narrow valleys. The predominate timber types are upland hardwoods, shortleaf pine and mixed pine-hardwood. Typical of the Ouachitas, the ridges run in an east-west fashion. Hardwoods a re generally found on the north and east aspects of the mountains while pine occupies the south and west aspects. Numerous streams are found on the area.
Access
The area can be reached from Mt. Ida via US highway 270 west; 10 miles. From Waldron, take US highway 71 south, 6 miles to Needmore then state highway 28 east; 12 miles.
Hunting Opportunities
Numerous hunting opportunities exist on the area. In order of importance they include: deer, turkey, squirrel, furbearers, bobwhite, cottontail, raccoon, mourning dove, coyote, woodcock, snipe and ducks. The area is noted for its quality deer potential, primarily due to its terrain and older deer population. The area is famous for its outstanding turkey hunting.
Management Practices
Several practices are utilized on the area to enhance wildlife. These include approximately 150 food plots, several hundred acres of controlled burning, overstory mast development to increase acorn production, honeysuckle planting, timber harvesting, waterhold development, midstory thinning and bushhogging.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
For those who enjoy hiking and backpacking, the Ouachita Trail crosses the area from state highway 27 near Story west to US highway 270 west of Pencil Bluff. 
Camping
Camping is unrestricted on Forest Service land so finding a campsite is no problem. Developed campsites can be found nearby at the Big Brushy Recreation Area west of Pencil Bluff on US highway 270. 
Restaurants and Other Facilities
Motels and restaurants are available at Mt. Ida and Waldron and groceries can be found at Pencil Bluff, Parks, Story and Mt. Ida. 
Safety
There are some safety considerations to be aware of. There is the possibility of being temporarily lost. Keep in mind that the ridges run east-west and you should be able to travel in a consistent direction and eventually hit a main road. Potential bear problems will be avoided if you use common sense in dealing with garbage and cooking materials.