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Muddy Creek WMA

Zone: 460

Counties: Montgomery, Scott, Yell

2020-21 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
2020-21 Crow

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 21, 2021. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2020-21 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 17-25, 2020 and Dec. 12-14, 2020
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 14-Dec. 6, 2020 and Dec. 26-28, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020 and Jan. 2-3, 2021
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Three antlerless with archery,
  • One antlerless with muzzleloader or one antlerless first two days of modern gun season.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take three deer, two antlered bucks and one antlerless.

Deer Notes:

  • CWD regulations apply in Yell County.
  • No antler restrictions.
  • No dogs.
2020-21 Quail

Nov. 1, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2020-21 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2020-21 Squirrel

May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2020 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 26-Nov. 30, 2020
Bear Muzzleloader: Oct 17-25, 2020
Bear Modern Gun: Nov. 14-30, 2020
Bear Modern Gun Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020
Bear Notes:

  • Statewide bag limit.
  • No dogs.
2021 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 19-May 9, 2021. One legal turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

About the Name

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.

Hunting Opportunities

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.

Management Practices

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.


Refer to USDA Forest Service website for additional regulations.


Primary ownership is by the USDA Forest Service.




The area was created to enhance management of all wildlife species in west central Arkansas.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

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.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

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.

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