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Wedington WMA

2017-18 Closed Seasons
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Quail
2017-18 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired Hunt (permit hunt): Oct. 7-8, 2017. Deer Modern Gun (quota permit hunt): Nov. 11-12, 2017. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2017 and Jan. 6-7, 2018. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.

WMA Bag Limit: Two deer, no more than one buck, which may include:

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

Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs.

2017 Crow

Statewide:

  • Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 19, 2018.
  • Open Thursdays through Mondays.
  • No limit.
2017 Rabbit

Statewide:

  • Sept. 1, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018.
  • Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. 
2017 Squirrel

Statewide:

  • May 15, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 and May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019
  • Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
About the Name

The name comes from LakeWedington, which the WMA surrounds.

Area Type

WMA

Camping

Cabins are available for overnight stay, but there are no campgrounds. For cabin rental information, refer tohttp://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/osfnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=43455&actid=101

Description

Wedington WMA is just outside of the Fayetteville/Springdale area and is owned by the USDA Forest Service. It consists of beautiful hardwood timber forests that surround Lake Wedington. There are wildlife openings within the property that allow game to travel.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer hunting is limited to bow only for the majority of the season, however, there are opportunities for modern gun permit hunts for both youth and non-youth hunters. This area is known to have a healthy population of deer and many bucks are harvested each year. Hunters also have the chance to hunt rabbit and squirrel on thisWMA.

Location

The Wedington WMA, located 13 miles west of Fayetteville, is easily accessible from highway 16 and highway 412. Topographic maps of the Area are available from the USGS: Gallatin, Rhea, Robinson, and Wheeler.

Management Practices

Wildlife habitat is managed through timber stand improvements and prescribed fire.

Notes

Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed.Refer to USDA Forest Service website for more information on mobility-impaired modern gun permit hunt application at 479-667-2191.

Ownership

USDA Forest Service

Phone

866-253-2506

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Fishing and boating on Lake Wedington are great recreational opportunities this WMA offers. Lake Wedington is considered a fishing hot spot in Northwest Arkansas.

Restaurants and Other Facilities

There are many restaurants and hotel accommodations in Fayetteville and Springdale. The Catfish Hole and Mama Deans are great places to eat while visiting this part of The Natural State.

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