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NameR.L. Hankins Mud Creek Upland WMA
WMA Zone555
County CoverageRandolph
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. 264 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Three does with archery.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.
May 15, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2016-Feb. 21, 2017. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Deer modern gun
  • Bear
  • Alligator
Area Notes:
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Interior roads are closed to vehicles.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
This is a 1,025-acre tract that was deeded to the Commission in 1989 by the FMHA, as authorized by congressional act 616 of 1976. Located in Randolph County about ten miles north of Pocahontas, this area lies in the Ozark foothills region of the state. Previously used for cattle farming the property is comprised of 632 non forested acres and approximately 380 acres of upland hardwood timberland.

While this is one of the commissions smallest WMAs, at just over 1000 acres, for obvious reasons can not provide the same level of recreational opportunity to the public as larger areas, it is worthy of mention in this guide.

This is a small but scenic area, well suited to bird watching, hiking or photography. Interior roads are off limits to motor vehicles. No camping areas have been developed. Check the regulations guide for hunting season but overcrowding is often a problem due to the small size of the area.  
Take the county road off  Arkansas Highway 115 at Middlebrook as indicated by the WMA direction sign.  
Hunting Opportunities
Refer to the current regulation guide for information on hunting seasons. The area supports good populations of quail, deer and turkeys. Squirrels are abundant on wooded hillsides in years when acorns are plentiful.  
Management Practices
Old fields are planted to small grain crops to provide supplemental wildlife food supplies. Prescribed burning is carried out annually over much of the open land to promote beneficial plant growth. An intensive effort to eradicate fescue from the property is underway.