Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
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: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:
Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
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.
Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2019. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.
Firearms Hunt: April 8-23, 2019. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
The name derived from a creek located on the area.
The area can be reached from Mt. Ida via U.S. highway 270 west; 10 miles. From Waldron, take U.S. highway 71 south, 6 miles to Needmore then state highway 28 east; 12 miles.
The area was established in 1968 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the USDA Forest Service and AGFC.
Camping is unrestricted on Forest Service land so finding a campsite is no problem. No developed campsites are available.
Muddy Creek consists of 150,000 acres of moderate to rugged mountain terrain and narrow valleys. The predominate timber types are upland hardwoods, shortleaf pine and mixed pine-hardwood. Typical of the Ouachitas, the ridges run in an east-west fashion. Hardwoods a re generally found on the north and east aspects of the mountains while pine occupies the south and west aspects. Numerous streams are found on the area.
Numerous hunting opportunities exist on the area. In order of importance they include: deer, turkey, squirrel, furbearers, bobwhite, cottontail, raccoon, mourning dove, coyote, woodcock, snipe and ducks. The area is noted for its quality deer potential, primarily due to its terrain and older deer population. The area is famous for its outstanding turkey hunting.
It is in Montgomery, Scott and Yell counties. 10 miles Northwest of Mt. Ida.
Several practices are used on the area to enhance wildlife. These include approximately 150 food plots, several hundred acres of controlled burning, overstory mast development to increase acorn production, timber harvesting, waterhold development, midstory thinning and bushhogging.
Primary ownership is by the USDA Forest Service.
The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas.
For those who enjoy hiking and backpacking, the Ouachita Trail crosses the area from state highway 27 near Story west to US highway 270 west of Pencil Bluff.
Motels and restaurants are available at Mt. Ida and Waldron and groceries can be found at Pencil Bluff, Parks, Story and Mt. Ida.
There are some safety considerations to be aware of. There is the possibility of being temporarily lost. Keep in mind that the ridges run east-west and you should be able to travel in a consistent direction and eventually hit a main road. Potential bear problems will be avoided if you use common sense in dealing with garbage and cooking materials.