Norfork Lake WMA
Counties: Baxter, Fulton
- 2022-23 Closed Seasons
- 2022-23 Crow
Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 20, 2023. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
- 2022-23 Deer
Deer Archery (all units): Sept. 24, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023.
Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23, 2022. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units. Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed.
Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 12-20, 2022. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units. Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2022 and Jan. 7-8, 2023. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units. Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:
- Two antlered bucks with archery,
- Four antlerless with archery,
- One antlered buck and one antlerless with muzzleloader or modern gun.
- During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one antlered buck and one antlerless.
- No antler restrictions.
- No dogs.
- 2022-23 Quail
Nov. 1, 2022-Feb. 6, 2023. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Quail Notes: Chapin Point and Indian Head units only: Nov. 1, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023. Quail hunting ends at noon.
- 2022-23 Rabbit
Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
- 2022-23 Squirrel
May 15, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
- 2022 Bear
Bear Archery: Sept. 17-Nov. 30, 2022
Bear Muzzleloader: Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units: Oct. 15-23, 2022
Bear Modern Gun: Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units: Nov. 12-20, 2022
Bear Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Chapin Point and Indian Head Units closed. Seward Point, Bennett’s Bayou and Fulton County Units: Nov. 5-6, 2022
- Statewide bag limit.
- No dogs.
- Bear seasons close earlier if bear zone quota is reached. Click here for details.
- 2023 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 8-9, 2023. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 17-May 7, 2023. One legal turkey.
- About the Name
Named from Norfork lake.
Access by lake, can be gained by any of the several access areas, Pegion Creek Access, Red Bank Access, Cranfield Access, Jordan and Gamaliel.
Established in 1967.
- 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.
- CWD regulations apply.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsites are available around lake area. No camping on WMA.
This area consists of five units, on Norfork Lake: Chapin Point, Indian Head, Seward Point, Bennets Creek and Fulton County. Mixed hardwood forest with scattered tracts to pine plantations, topography ranges from flat to moderately sloped. Walk-in hunting only.
- Hunting Opportunities
Deer and turkey is good on area, small game ranked in order of importance: furbearers, squirrel, quail, rabbit and ducks.
Baxter county: Indian Head Unit and Chapin Point Unit, 16 miles north of Mtn. Home and east off state hwy 201; Seward Point Unit, 8 miles north of Mtn. Home west of hwy 101; Bennetts Creek Unit, 12 miles east of Mtn. Home on hwy 62 then north 3 miles on county road 46. Fulton county: Fulton County Unit approximately 15 miles north of Calico Rock hwy 87. At Elizabeth take county roads 15, 17 and 33.
- Management Practices
There are 10,000 acres of land managed by AGFC and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for wildlife management purposes. Controlled burning is carried out on an average of 200 acres of the area per year. Pine stands are burned to control hardwood competition and stimulate weedy plants preferred by wildlife. Food plots and old fields comprise 980 acres of the area and are maintained by the AGFC and Corps of Engineers as a cooperative effort.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Now being managed for deer, turkey and small game. In addition to numerous non-game birds and animals, there is an abundance of white-tail deer, wild turkey, fox and grey squirrel, rabbit, red and grey fox, opossum, raccoon and mourning dove. Migratory waterfowl are attracted to the lake during the spring and fall flights. Although the waterfowl use the lake to rest, they offer little hunting since there is not enough food available to keep them in the area.
- Recreation Other Than Hunting
Good for walking and observing wildlife. Numerous amount of birds.
- Restaurants and Other Facilities
Mtn. Home for restaurants and motels. Clark Ridge and Gamaliel has phone and supplies.
During turkey season and deer season hunter density is increasing. Watch out for other hunters.