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NameMuddy Creek WMA
WMA Zone460
County CoverageMontgomery, Scott, Yell
It is in Montgomery, Scott and Yell counties. 10 miles Northwest of Mt. Ida.
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. 10-12, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017.
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 Oct. 15-23 or Dec. 10-12.
• During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) and one doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. 
Bear Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30, 2016.
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23, 2016.
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 7-30, 2016.
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016.
Bear Notes: Statewide bag limit. 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.
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
CWD regulations apply in Yell County. Click here for details.
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. 
Primary ownership is by the USDA Forest Service.
The area was established in 1968 as a result of a "Memorandum of understanding" between the US Forest Service and AGFC. 
The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas. 
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.
The area can be reached from Mt. Ida via U.S. highway 270 west; 10 miles. From Waldron, take U.S. 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 used 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, 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 is unrestricted on Forest Service land so finding a campsite is no problem. No developed campsites are available. 
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. 
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.