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Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA

Zone: 605

County: White

2019-20 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
  • Deer Muzzleloader
  • Turkey
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 Modern Gun Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 2-3, 2019. This area has special firearms restrictions; see below.
Deer Modern Gun Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 9-13, 2019. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
WMA Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Three does with archery.
  • One buck and one doe with modern gun permit.
  • During youth permit hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe with permit.

Deer Notes:

  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed for deer hunting during modern gun hunts.
  • This WMA is in Flood Prone Region B. Click here for details.
  • Three-point rule.
  • No dogs.
2019-20 Quail

Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. 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.

2019-20 Waterfowl

View Statewide Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits.

Waterfowl Notes: 

  • It is unlawful to use any device that simulates wing movement or movement of any kind through electrical or mechanical means, except traditional jerk strings.
  • Nonresidents need a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on this WMA. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 23-Dec.2, Dec. 27-Jan. 5 and Jan. 22-Jan. 31.
  • Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA is open for waterfowl hunting only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Anyone entering flooded areas must have a signed Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms Waterfowl Hunting Daily Use Permit on their person.
  • On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, non-restricted permits are available at the parking area at the end of Cypert Road (south of headquarters) and boat ramps A and B. Hunters are not restricted to designated locations on these days.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, a limited number of permits will be available by drawing. Permits will be for designated locations (pending water conditions). The permit drawing will take place at the area headquarters two hours before legal shooting time. There may be a total of four hunters per party for each designated hole drawn. This drawing will be suspended when the White River at Georgetown reaches 19 feet and will be reinstated when the river falls to 17.5 feet at the same gauge. The WMA will remain open during this time. 
  • Five permits, one mobility-impaired blind permit and one youth blind permit will be available through online drawing. To apply for an online permit visit during waterfowl season.
  • All permits must be carried while hunting, completed and returned to the collection box at the end of the hunt.
  • Permits are not required during the Youth Waterfowl Hunt except for the youth blind permitted hole.
  • See Notes for Access Regulations.
About the Name

The management area was named for the creek and tributaries that dominated the property prior to the 1960's and for Steve N. Wilson, former director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Raft Creek was a natural overflow hardwood bottomland and backwater area until the late 1960's and early 1970's when it was cleared for soybean farming.


From Searcy: Take HWY 36 to West Point, at West Point, take HWY 323 south approximately 8 miles to Showalters Corner. At Showalters Corner turn east onto Jones Island Road. Go approximately 5 3/4 miles to the second Raft Creek WMA project sign. Turn south on Cypert Road, go 1/2 mile to WMA Headquarters From DesArc: Take HWY 11 North approximately 14 miles to Showalters Corner. At Showalters Corner turn east onto Jones Island Road. Go approximately 5 3/4 miles to the second Raft Creek WMA project sign. Turn south on Cypert Road, go 1/2 mile to WMA Headquarters.


Steve N. Wilson/Raft Creek Bottoms WMA consists of 4,000 acres in White County.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, waterfowl, quail, rabbit, squirrel, crow, coyote and furbearers.

  • No boats allowed from 1 4 a.m., Nov. 23, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020.
    • Exception - Boats allowed from noon until 6:30 p.m., Dec. 7, 2018, Jan 29-31, and Feb.82, 2020.
  • Closed to all access (except in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and boat staging areas) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Nov. 23-Jan. 31 and Feb. 8.
  • Boats with outboard motors larger than 25 horsepower, surface-drive motors larger than 37 horsepower and airboats may not be used.





The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the AGFC are in the process of restoring the area's hydrology and native vegetation. This includes creating approximately 1400 acres of shallow water areas and about 11 miles of restored channels (Raft Creek and tributaries), which can be used as boat lanes. Restored channels, sloughs and breaks are fringed with Cypress/Overcup plantings. The remainder of the site (above flood pool) is planted in Nuttall Oak, Cherrybark Oak, Willow and Water Oak, Sweet Pecan and Green Ash. The escarpment to the south, as well as the area around the headquarters will be seeded to native prairie plants. Raft Creek has played an important role in providing wetland habitat for thousands of wintering migratory birds. Placing this gem under public ownership has secured a perpetual guarantee in providing this unique wildlife management complex for generations to enjoy.

WMA Master Plan

View the master plan for this AGFC-owned WMA. 

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