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Beaver Lake WMA

Zone: 020

Counties: Benton, Carroll, Madison, Washington

2020-21 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Turkey
2020-21 Crow

Sept. 1, 2020 - Feb. 21, 2021. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2020-21 Deer

Deer Archery (including Devil's Eyebrow Unit): Sept. 26, 2020- Feb. 28, 2021
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 17-25, 2020 and Dec. 12-14, 2020
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 14- Dec. 6, 2020  and Dec. 26-28, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020  and Jan. 2-3, 2021

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four antlerless deer with archery,
  • Two antlerless deer with muzzleloader or modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take four deer, two antlered bucks and two antlerless deer.

Deer Notes:

  • Devil's Eyebrow Unit is closed to deer and bear firearms hunting (archery only).
  • No antler size restrictions.
  • No dogs.
  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed (except on Devil's Eyebrow Unit)..
2020-21 Quail

Nov. 1, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2020-21 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2020-21 Squirrel

May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020-21 Waterfowl

Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits

General WMA Regulations

  • Waterfowl hunting is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset during waterfowl season. 
  • In addition to a valid Arkansas hunting license, nonresidents need a a valid Arkansas waterfowl stamp (DSN) and a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on wildlife management areas. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 21-30, Dec. 27-Jan. 5, Jan. 22-31. It is available online, by telephone or from license dealers. Nonresidents will also need a free WMA General Use permit (WMP) when hunting on any WMA.
2020 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 26-Nov. 30, 2020
Bear Muzzleloader:Oct 17-25, 2020
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 14-Nov. 30, 2020
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt:Nov. 7-Nov. 8, 2020

Bear Notes:

  • Statewide bag limit.
  • No dogs.
  • Bear seasons close earlier if zone quota is reached. Click here for details.
  • Only shotguns (20-gauge and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed.
About the Name

The WMA is named after the U.S. Corps of Engineers lake it surrounds.

Area Notes
  • A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap.
  • CWD regulations apply
  • Hunting is permitted within the Corps of Engineers boundary, including the island and shoreline acreage.
  • Hunting is prohibited in areas designated as parks, closed parks, leased parks, Blackburn Creek Watchable Wildlife Area and in proximity to the dam and water intake structures. Please reference the Beaver Lake Project Map. Maps can be obtained at the Project Office located at 2260 N. 2nd St., Rogers, AR.
  • Hunting with dogs is not allowed on islands during deer season.
  • Use of bird dogs is restricted to quail season; retrievers to waterfowl season.
  • Devil's Eyebrow unit is closed to deer and bear firearms hunting.

Camping is available at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds.


Beaver Lake WMA consists of 8,007 acres (includes Devil's Eyebrow Natural Area).


Beaver Lake WMA includes all the U.S. Corps of Engineers land surrounding Beaver Lake in the northwest corner of the state. It also includes the Devil's Eyebrow Natural Area owned by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.


U.S. Corps of Engineers



Recreation Other Than Hunting

Excellent fishing opportunities are available on Beaver Lake. The clear water of the lake also offers recreational boating, scuba diving and swimming opportunities to visitors.

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