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Big Timber WMA

2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 29-31, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Six deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Six does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take six deer. 

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2017 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 23-Nov. 30, 2017 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2017 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 11-30, 2017 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 (only on that part of the area that lies in bear zone 2).

Bear Notes:

2017 Crow

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2017 Quail

Nov. 1, 2017-Feb. 4, 2018. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2017 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2017 Squirrel

May 15, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018. Dogs allowed except Nov. 11-19, 2017. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2017 Turkey

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).

Age

The Big Timber Leased Lands WMA was established in 1988.

Camping

Designated campsites are located in various areas of the WMA. No electricity or running water is provided.

Description

The various tracts within the Big Timber Leased Lands WMA provide a diversity of habitat types, including upland pine, upland pine/hardwood mix, upland hardwood, bottomland pine/hardwood mix, and bottomland hardwood.

Hunting Opportunities

Big Timber Leased Lands WMA offers excellent deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. Some oxbows, sloughs and beaver impoundments offer good to excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities.

Location

The scattered areas that make up the Big Timber Leased Lands WMA are in various parts of Clark County.

Management Practices

Most of the tracts are managed intensively for pine and/or hardwood sawtimber. Single-tree selection is the predominant harvesting method. Prescribed fire also is used. These timber management practices produce excellent wildlife habitat for most game species.

Notes
  • In addition to a General WMA Use Permit, a Big Timber WMA leased lands permit is required to hunt, trap or camp on the area. Leased lands permits may be purchased at any license vendor, AGFC regional office or online at https://ar-web.s3licensing.com/
  • The Upland WDA is closed to motor vehicles (except ATVs, which may be used on the main road).
  • Holders of AGFC Mobility-Impaired Access (MIA) Permits may operate ATVs only on designated mobility-impaired access areas.
    • ATVs on designated MIA areas must be 100 feet and no more than 300 feet from the centerline of the road.
    • Only one hunting stand or blind per MIA card holder allowed.
Ownership

Big Timber Leased Lands WMA is a group of privately owned tracts that are leased annually by the AGFC. Private landowners that participate include The Ross Foundation, Clark Timberlands, Anthony Timberlands and Red River Texarkana (managed by Hancock Forest Management).

Phone

877-836-4612

Purpose

The WMA was established to provide hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities in Clark County.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Rivers, streams, oxbows and sloughs offer excellent fishing opportunities. Big Timber Leased Lands WMA Upland Wildlife Demonstration Area is on Highway 182, 5 miles west of Gurdon. This 2,260-acre area is owned by the Ross Foundation and is intensively managed for upland wildlife species and pine sawtimber production. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker can be found here as well as healthy deer and turkey populations. One purpose of the area is to demonstrate upland wildlife and timber management to private landowners.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and other facilities are available in Arkadelphia, Gurdon and Prescott.

Safety

As with all WMAs, certain areas can become crowded. All users of the area should practice basic hunter safety. Those users not familiar with the area should carry a map and compass and should let others know where they plan to be hunting and when they plan to return.

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