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Robert L. Hankins Mud Creek WMA

Zone: 555

County: Randolph

2022-23 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Deer Modern Gun
  • Deer Muzzleloader
  • Quail
2022-23 Crow

Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 20, 2023. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2022-23 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 24, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 5-6, 2022 and Jan. 7-8, 2023
Deer Modern Gun: Closed

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt is three deer; two antlered bucks (no antler restrictions) or up to three antlerless

Deer Notes:

  • No antler restrictions.
  • No dogs.
2022-23 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed.

2022-23 Squirrel

May 15, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2022 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 9-10, 2022. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 18-May 8, 2022. One legal turkey.


Take the county road off Arkansas Highway 115 at Middlebrook as indicated by the WMA direction sign.

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 or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office.
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Interior roads are closed to vehicles.

This is a 1,025-acre tract that was deeded to the Commission in 1989 by the FMHA, as authorized by congressional act 616 of 1976. Located in Randolph County about ten miles north of Pocahontas, this area lies in the Ozark foothills region of the state. Previously used for cattle farming the property is comprised of 632 non forested acres and approximately 380 acres of upland hardwood timberland. While this is one of the commissions smallest WMAs, at just over 1000 acres, for obvious reasons can not provide the same level of recreational opportunity to the public as larger areas, it is worthy of mention in this guide. This is a small but scenic area, well suited to bird watching, hiking or photography. Interior roads are off limits to motor vehicles. No camping areas have been developed. Check the regulations guide for hunting season but overcrowding is often a problem due to the small size of the area.

Hunting Opportunities

Refer to the current regulation guide for information on hunting seasons. The area supports good populations of quail, deer and turkeys. Squirrels are abundant on wooded hillsides in years when acorns are plentiful.

Management Practices

Old fields are planted to small grain crops to provide supplemental wildlife food supplies. Prescribed burning is carried out annually over much of the open land to promote beneficial plant growth. An intensive effort to eradicate fescue from the property is underway.





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