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U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA

Zone: 635

Counties: Cross, St. Francis

2020-21 Closed Season
  • Bear
  • 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 (permit hunt): Oct. 17-21, 2020
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunts): Nov. 14-18, 2020 and Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2020
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunts: 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,
  • Three does with archery,
  • One buck and one doe with muzzleloader permit,
  • One buck and one doe with modern gun permit.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe.

Deer Notes:

  • A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to hunt deer with firearms on this WMA. Click here for details
  • 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.

2021 Turkey

Youth Hunt (permit required): April 10-11, 2021. One legal turkey
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 24-26, 2021. One legal turkey, no jakes.

Turkey Notes:

About the Name

The name is from the small farming community of Pine Tree, Arkansas. The WDA was established as a branch experiment station. The University of Arkansas has conducted agricultural experimentation over many years dealing with various research efforts.


Access is provided from Highway 306 either from Colt, or Hunter, Arkansas, depending upon direction of travel. Several St. Francis County roads (107 and 267) cross the management area. Field roads provide seasonal access, but can become impassable during wet periods.


The University of Arkansas received ownership in 1960 from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.


No camping is allowed.


The area consists of hardwood timber intermixed with fields planted in various crops. Several beaver ponds provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Large tracts of pasture are established with an occasional small fishing pond providing a water source for wildlife. The area comprises about 11,850 acres of habitat - 3,940 acres in forests, 5,630 in pastures and 2,280 acres in crops.

Hunting Opportunities

The management area is regulated by permit quota hunting for deer. Small game, such as rabbits, quail, squirrels and furbearers, doves and ducks are hunted under statewide seasons.


The area is in St. Francis County about 6 miles west of Colt, Ark. State Highway 306 bisects the northern portion of the management unit.

Management Practices

Management initiatives are conducted by a cooperative effort between the AGFC and the University of Arkansas. Various wildlife management practices are implemented to enhance habitat diversity to meet various habitat needs of wildlife.

  • A free General Use Permit is required. Sign-in to the license system, go to the Hunting tab. 
  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed.
  • Firearms may not be discharged except in the act of hunting.
  • Camping is not allowed on the area.

This 11,850-acre area is owned by the University of Arkansas.




The management area purpose is twofold. One is to experiment in the agricultural field as to various needs of the farming industry. Secondly is to provide under a cooperative effort with the AGFC to manage the resource for public use. The WDA is managed for all species of resident wildlife and wintering migratory species.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Many outdoor opportunities exist on Pine Tree, including fishing, birding and hiking some of the woodland roads.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

The town of Colt, Arkansas, approximately 6 miles from Pine Tree, provides several places to enjoy a meal and a grocery store.

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