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Wedington WMA

Zone: 653

Counties: Benton, Washington

2020-21 Closed Seasons
  • Deer muzzleloader
  • Bear
  • Alligator
  • Quail
  • Turkey
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: Closed
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired Hunt (permit hunt): Oct. 3-4, 2020
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 14-15, 2020. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 7-8, 2020 and Jan. 2-3, 2021. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.

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

  • One antlered buck with archery,
  • Two antlerless with archery,
  • One antlered buck and one antlerless with modern gun permit.
  • During mobility-impaired permit hunt, mobility impaired hunters may take two deer, one antlered buck and one antlerless with permit.
  • During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one antlered buck and one antlerless.

Deer Notes:

2020-21 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. 

2020-21 Squirrel

May 15, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021. Dogs allowed. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48. 

About the Name

The name comes from LakeWedington, which the WMA surrounds.

Area Type



Cabins are available for overnight stay, but there are no campgrounds. 


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 this WMA.


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.

  • Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed.
  • Contact the USDA Forest Service for a mobility impaired modern gun permit application at 479-667-2191.

USDA Forest Service



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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