|Name||W.E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA|
William E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA lies 34 miles north of Jonesboro, 7 miles NE of Paragould and 23 miles SE of Pocahontas and is located on Crowley's Ridge and is in Deer Zone 5
|Seasons and Regulations|Turkey:
Youth Hunt (permit required): April 8-9, 2017. One bearded turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 10-12 and April 15-17, 2017. One bearded turkey, no jakes (Youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal bag limit).
Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2016-Feb. 28, 2017.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 22-23, 2016.
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 Deer Bag Limit:
Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
• Two bucks with archery,
• Three does with archery.
• One buck or one doe with muzzleloader permit.
• During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) or one doe.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. Special firearms restrictions are in place on this WMA, see Area Notes.
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.
- Deer muzzleloader
|Leased Land Permit Required||No|
|About the Name|
Named for the many natural springs found on the area that merge to from the Scatter Creek Watershed. This is one of the Commissions’ most recently acquired WMAs and represents the only Commission owned WMA within the unique Crowley’s Ridge Physiographic region.
To date, about 5,000 acres have been purchased through cooperative efforts by the Commission, the Greene County Wildlife Club, the nature Conservancy and the national Wild Turkey Federation. As of April, 1999, Commission ownership is comprised of four separate parcels, divided by private land. Continued land purchases are directed at the overall objective of enlarging the area by purchasing properties that connect and consolidate current ownership.
The initial purchase of 957 acres was made in 1986. Land acquisition and development is ongoing.
Purchase of this area was assisted by local interests and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to conserve and protect a part of the diminishing Crowley’s Ridge Upland Game Habitat, and to provide additional public lands to meet the ever increasing demand for outdoor recreational opportunity related to fish, wildlife and other natural resources.
Narrow ridges characterize the topography with sharp, winding tops, steep side slopes and narrow valleys between the ridges. Two streams head up on the area, Scatter Creek on the north and Locust Creek on the south. The area is dotted with old field systems which are maintained as permanent open land to add diversity to the landscape.
It may be reached by taking state highway 49 north from Jonesboro to the intersection of state highways 49 and 135 in Paragould. Continue north on state highway 135 to the junction of state highway 34. Turn left on state highway 34 toward Delaplaine and go about 2 1/2 miles until you see the Scatter Creek project sign. This is the only developed access at present.
Game species found on the area are deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. The area supports good populations of deer and turkeys. Check the current Regulations guide for season dates and regulations. Squirrel hunting is usually considered to be good on the area. Old field systems support good numbers of rabbits.
Open lands and old field systems are intensively managed by a combination specialized plantings, small grain crops and legumes, mechanical vegetation control and prescribed fire. This provides supplemental and emergency food supplies for a variety of wildlife species as well as nesting habitat and escape cover for quail, turkeys and non game species.
|Recreation Other Than Hunting|
Interior roads and trails are off limits to motorized vehicles, but offer excellent opportunity for hiking, photography, wildlife observance or bird watching. The area is very scenic year around, especially in spring and during the peak fall color period. There is a 12-station rifle/pistol range on the area just off Arkansas Highway 34. The range is open from sunrise to sunset all year except for firearms deer and turkey seasons.
Permitted in designated areas only. Primitive sites only, no utilities, restroom available at Spain Tract Pavilion.
|Restaurants and Other Facilities|
A pavilion is located at the south end of the Spain tract on highway 34. Available by reservation only. Contact the Jonesboro regional office for information (870) 972-5438.
Overnight lodging, a variety of restaurants and entertainment is available in Paragould or Jonesboro.
Signs designate roads and trails available for use by handicapped permit holders.
Topographic maps are: Lafe, Paragould West, available from the Arkansas Geological Survey (501) 296-1877.
Non hunting visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange if visiting the area during modern gun deer seasons, for safety reasons. No unusual health or safety hazards are known to be present on the area.