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Benson Creek Natural Area WMA

Zone: 023

Counties: Monroe, Woodruff

2021-22 Closed Seasons
  • Bear
  • Alligator
2021-22 Crow

Sept. 2, 2021-Feb. 20, 2022. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2021-22 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 25, 2021- Feb. 28, 2022
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 16-22, 2021
Deer Modern Gun (special youth hunt): Nov. 6-7, 2021 
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 13-17, 2021

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 doe with muzzeloader permit,
  • One buck or doe with modern gun permit.

Deer Notes:

2021-22 Quail

Nov. 1, 2021-Feb. 6, 2022. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2021-22 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.

2021-22 Squirrel

May 15, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

About the Name

Benson Creek Natural Area WMA is named after the creek that runs through it.


From Brinkley go north on U.S. Highway 49 to Arkansas Highway 17. Go west on Arkansas Highway 17 about 3 miles to the bridge over Bayou DeView. Parking and boat access are available south of the bridge.


Aquired in 1993.

Area Notes
  • A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap on WMAs. Permits are available online by clicking "Buy Licenses" at or by calling 800-364-4263 or any regional office.
  • Motorized vehicles, horses, camping and construction of hunting stands are prohibited.

Camping is not allowed.


Benson Creek Natural Area WMA is one of many natural areas owned by the Natural Heritage Commission that are available to the public. At 1,458 acres, it includes 610 acres of bald cypress/water tupelo swamps along Bayou DeView.

Hunting Opportunities

Hunting opportunities exist for deer, small game and waterfowl.

Management Practices

Restoration efforts are used to improve the ecological quality of previosuly disturbed plant communities.


Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission




All ANHC natural areas are lands specifically managed to preserve, and sometimes restore, natural communities that have become rare.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Canoeing and bird watching are popular on this area.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and other facilities can be found in Brinkley, about 5 miles south.

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