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NameWedington WMA
WMA Zone653
County CoverageBenton, Washington
The Wedington WMA, located 13 miles west of Fayetteville, is easily accessible from highway 16 and highway 412.  Topographic maps of the Area are available from the USGS: Gallatin, Rhea, Robinson, and Wheeler. 
Seasons and Regulations
Turkey season closed
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired Hunt (permit hunt): Oct. 8-9, 2016.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 12-13, 2016. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2016 and Jan. 7-8, 2017. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
WMA Bag Limit:
Two deer, no more than one buck, which may include:
• One buck with archery,
• Two does with archery,
• One buck and one doe with modern gun permit.
• During mobility-impaired permit hunt, mobility impaired hunters may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe with permit.
• During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.
Deer Permit:
Deer hunting on this area is restricted to special permit hunts.
Click here for more information and to apply.
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
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Bear
  • Quail
Area Notes:
  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed.
  • Refer to USDA Forest Service website for more information on mobility-impaired modern gun permit hunt application at 479-667-2191.
Leased Land Permit RequiredNo
About the Name
The name comes from LakeWedington, which the WMA surrounds.
USDA Forest Service
Wedington WMA is just outside of the Fayetteville/Springdale area and is owned by the USDA Forest Service. It consists of beautiful hardwood timber forests that surround Lake Wedington. There are wildlife openings within the property that allow game to travel.
Hunting Opportunities
Deer hunting is limited to bow only for the majority of the season, however, there are opportunities for modern gun permit hunts for both youth and non-youth hunters. This area is known to have a healthy population of deer and many bucks are harvested each year. Hunters also have the chance to hunt rabbit and squirrel on thisWMA.
Management Practices
Wildlife habitat is managed through timber stand improvements and prescribed fire.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
Fishing and boating on Lake Wedington are great recreational opportunities this WMA offers. Lake Wedington is considered a fishing hot spot in Northwest Arkansas.
Cabins are available for overnight stay, but there are no campgrounds. For cabin rental information, refer to http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/osfnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=43455&actid=101  
Restaurants and Other Facilities
There are many restaurants and hotel accommodations in Fayetteville and Springdale. The Catfish Hole and Mama Deans are great places to eat while visiting this part of The Natural State.