Big Timber WMA
Counties: Clark, Dallas, Nevada, Pike
- 2023-24 Closed Seasons
- 2023-24 Crow
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 19, 2024. Open Thursdays through Mondays only. No limit.
- 2023-24 Deer
Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 29-31, 2023
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
- Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
- Five does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
- During youth hunt, youths may take five deer, no more than two bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to five does.
- Three-point rule.
- No dogs.
- 2023-24 Quail
Nov. 1, 2023-Feb. 5, 2024. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12.
While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit. This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.
- 2023-24 Rabbit
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16.
- 2023-24 Squirrel
May 15, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024. Dogs allowed except Nov. 11-19, 2023. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
- 2023 Bear
Bear Archery: Sept. 13-Nov. 30, 2023 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2023 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 11-30, 2023 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 (only on that part of the area that lies in zone 2).
- Statewide limit.
- No dogs.
- Bear seasons close earlier if bear zone quota is reached. Click here for details.
- 2024 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2024. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 15-May 5, 2024. One legal turkey.
The Big Timber Leased Lands WMA was established in 1988.
- 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 agfc.com or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office.
- A Big Timber WMA leased lands permit is also required to hunt, trap or camp on the area.
- 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) 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.
Designated campsites are located in various areas of the WMA. No electricity or running water is provided.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.