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Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA

Zone: 280

County: Van Buren

2019-20 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
2019-20 Crow

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 21, 2020. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2019-20 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 19-23, 2019.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 9-13, 2019.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than one antlered deer, which may include: 

  • One antlered deer with archery, muzzleloader permit or modern gun permit,
  • Three antlerless deer with archery,
  • One antlerless deer with muzzleloader permit,
  • One antlerless deer with modern gun permit.

Deer Notes:

  • CWD regulations apply.
  • A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to hunt deer with firearms on this WMA. Click here for details.
  • No antler size restrictions for buck harvest.
  • No dogs.
2019-20 Quail

Dec. 7-8, 2019 and Jan. 4-5, 2020. Daily Limit - 4. Bird dogs allowed.

2019-20 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2019-20 Squirrel

May 15, 2019-Feb. 29, 2020. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2019 Bear

Bear Archery: Sept. 28-Nov. 30, 2019
Bear Muzzleloader (deer permit holders only): Oct. 19-27, 2019. 
Bear Modern Gun (deer permit holders only): Nov. 9-13, 2019.
Bear Notes:

  • Statewide bag limit.
  • No dogs.
2020 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 11-12, 2020. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 13-15, April 18-20 and April 25-27, 2020. One legal turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).
Archery Hunt (no permit required): April 16-17 and April 21-24, 2020. One legal turkey, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).

About the Name

Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA was named after its most prominent landmark - Gulf Mountain. In 2010, the area was renamed to honor former AGFC director Scott Henderson. Henderson was AGFC director from 2003 to 2010.


The area is located at Scotland which is 12 miles southwest of Clinton and 30 miles north of Morrilton.From Clinton, on US 65, take highways 65B to the junction of 65B and state 95. Take state 95, 12 miles south to Scotland. From Scotland follow WMA signs to the management area, 2.5 miles.


The area was founded in 1970 with additional land purchases over the years.


Gulf Mountain has six primitive camping areas with 118 camping units.


Gulf Mountain contains 14,000 acres of which approximately 1,000 are in fields in various stages of growth. Composition of timber resources is approximately 65 percent hardwood and 35 percent pine. Hardwood type on the southern exposures is predominantly post oak-blackjack oak. The northern slope hardwoods are predominantly red oaks and white oaks. Topography is gently rolling to mountainous with elevation ranging from 700 feet msl on the south fork Little Red River to 1,500 feet msl on the highest ridge. There are 5.4 miles of streams on the property available via a low-water crossing.

Hunting Opportunities

High populations of white-tailed deer and squirrels are found throughout the entire area. Black bears are fairly common. Wild turkeys are hunted with fair success. Furbearer populations are high on the area, with raccoon, gray fox, coyote and bobcat being featured species for trappers.


The area is in Van Buren county, about 12 miles southwest of Clinton and 30 miles north of Morrilton. It is bisected on the south by Arkansas Highway 389 and on the north by the south fork of the Little Red River. It is adjoined on the west by the Ozark National Forest, the remaining boundary is adjoined by private land.

Management Practices

Management practices consist primarily of maintaining field systems and open forests through controlled burning, plowing and disking. Controlled burning is used primarily for quail management in field systems and to produce desirable browse species for deer and small game in pine and low-quality hardwood sites. Firelanes surrounding all field and woodlands are planted in wheat each fall to provide forage during winter, nesting cover in spring, and brood habitat and seed in summer and fall. Plowing and disking is used to control noxious vegetation and maintain plant succession in an early stage.


The area was purchased by the AGFC in 1970 with the initial purchase totaling 6,400 acres. In 1971, an additional 3,600 acres was purchased and several smaller tracts totaling 2,012 acres have been added since. Approximately 2,000 acres of Green Bay Packaging lands are incorporated into the wildlife management area land base.




The area was purchased to help meet the projected demand for all types of wildlife-oriented recreation.This upland is well diversified, having high deer and small game populations as well as the potential to provide more hunter opportunity on all species of upland game.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Nearby recreation focuses on the Little Red River. Swimming, canoeing and fishing are popular.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

Restaurants and motels are available at Clinton, 15 miles away. Food, gas and supplies are available in Scotland.


The local bear population is high. Care must be taken with food when camping on the area. Low-water crossing - Little Red River - heavy rains can make crossing impassable in a matter of hours.

WMA Master Plan

View the master plan for this AGFC-owned WMA.

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