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Howard County WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
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. 11-22 and Nov. 25-Dec. 6, 2017.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunts: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Four does with archery,
  • One buck and one doe with muzzleloader,
  • One buck and one doe with modern gun.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take one deer, buck (no antler restrictions) or doe.

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
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 during firearms deer hunts. 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).

Access

Access on the west side is facilitated by crossing Gillham Lake dam and following Gillham Lake Rd. (County Rd.) through the area. Access on the north and east is facilitated by utilizing Weyerhaeuser roads off Hwy. 4.

Age

The area became a WMA in the 1970s.

Camping

Camping is permitted on the area at designated campsites. Additional campsites area available at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake and at the Gillham Lake dam area.

Description

Typical Athens Piedmont Plateau habitat includes rolling hills intensively managed for pine production and pine/hardwood mixed stands along creeks. The area is bordered on the west by Gillham Lake and the Cossatot River and partially on the south by Dierks Lake.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. See current regulations for season and permit requirements.

Location

Located in Howard County, 10 miles north of Dierks and 3 miles southwest of Umpire.

Management Practices

Wildlife management practices are integrated with timber management practices to provide quality wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities. These management practices provide substantial open land habitats and stimulate excellent browse production. Several food plots are planted throughout the area and along the lake to supplement natural browse.

Notes
  • In addition to a General WMA Use Permit, a Howard County 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/
Ownership

This area is made up of approximately 23,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser Company land.

Phone

877-777-5580

Purpose

The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Fishing opportunities are good in both Gillham Lake and Dierks Lake. Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area lies upstream on the Cossatot River. The Ouachita National Forest is located approximately 10 miles north.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Facilities are located in Dierks and Umpire. Corps of Engineer campground at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake is equipped with a concrete boat ramp.

Safety

Due to the large network of Weyerhaeuser roads that run throughout the area it is recommended that anyone not familiar with the area obtain an area map from the AGFC office.

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