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Buffalo National River WMA

Zone: 080

Counties: Baxter, Marion, Newton, Searcy

1. Special Announcement

All hunting and angling on the Buffalo National River WMA is closed until further notice to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

Visit the National Park Service Buffalo National River website for more information. 

2019-20 Crow

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2019-20 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1 and Dec. 26-28, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2019 and Jan. 4-5, 2020.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun (no antler restriction),
  • Four antlerless deer with archery,
  • Two antlerless deer with muzzleloader or modern gun.
  • During the youth hunt, youths may take four deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) and two antlerless deer.

Deer Notes:

2019-20 Quail

Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 3, 2020. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed. 

2019-20 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2019-20 Squirrel

May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2019 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 28-Nov. 30, 2019 
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct. 19-27, 2019 
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 9-30, 2019
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2019 
Bear Notes:

2019 Elk

Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2019. Permit required. 

2020 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2020. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 13-28, 2020. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

  • This area is administered by the National Park Service in conjunction with AGFC. Please visit the Superintendent's Compendium available at for additional Federal regulations.
  • The harvest of shed deer and elk antlers is not allowed on Bufflao National River WMA. 
  • Chase for pleasure and dog training are not allowed.
  • Discharging firearms across, into or from the Buffalo River and its gravel bars is not allowed.
  • Hunting is not allowed in developed areas.
  • Firearms and crossbows must be unloaded and cased or broken down when in a developed campground.
  • The operation of off-road motor vehicles is not allowed on roads, lands and waters within the Buffalo National River.
  • Vehicles may not travel off-road.
  • Campsites may not remain unattended for more than 24 hours.
  • Sylamore WMA seasons and regulations apply to Buffalo National River lands in Marion and Baxter counties lying east of Big Creek and south and east of the Buffalo River.

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