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Fort Chaffee WMA

Zone County
230 Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Sebastian
2022-23 Access Permit Changes
Posted September 2, 2022

The process and requirements for participating in hunting, fishing, trapping, and other approved recreational activities at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center (FCJMTC) has changed.

All approved recreational activities (hunting, fishing, etc.) are governed through Before accessing Fort Chaffee WMA, you must possess a valid Fort Chaffee RecAccess permit and utilize the website to check in and out of your desired destination.

The list of Open Compartments and all other information related to the Fort Chaffee Outdoor Recreation Program can be found on the website. For more information, call 479-484-2226.

  • FCJMTC’s modern gun and muzzleloader special hunt permit holders are required to have a current (not expired) FCJMTC permit in order to participate.
  • Gates 16 and 22 open at 4:30 a.m. for the special hunts.
  • Public use compartments may be closed at any time due to military training.
2023-24 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear
2023-24 Crow
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 19, 2024. Open Thursdays through Mondays only. No limit.
2023-24 Deer
Deer Archery: Sept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Nov. 19, 2023
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Nov. 18, 2023

WMA Deer Bag Limit: Four deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery,
  • Four antlerless with archery,
  • One antlered buck or antlerless during muzzleloader permit hunt,
  • One antlered buck or antlerless during modern gun permit hunt.

Deer Notes:

  • No antler restriction.
  • No dogs.
2023-24 Dove
Sept. 2-Oct. 22, 2023 and Dec. 8, 2023-Jan. 15, 2024

Mourning Dove and White-Winged Dove 
Daily Limit – 15, possession Limit – 45

Eurasian Collared-Dove
No daily or possession limit
Eurasian Collared Doves must remain fully feathered in the field and while being transported from the field.

Dove Notes:

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission prepares a few fields each year for the opening weekend of dove season so the public has a place to enjoy this exciting form of wingshooting.

Dove fields on WMAs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. WMA acreage put into dove fields is relatively small because most hunters only pursue doves the first few days of the season. However, after opening weekend of dove season, many wildlife species feed in the fields, particularly those that were topsown with winter wheat.

2023-24 Quail
Dec. 1, 2023-Feb. 4, 2024.  Daily limit – 6, possession limit -12.
2023-24 Rabbit
Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024. Daily limit – 8, possession limit – 16.
2024-25 Squirrel
May 15, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025. Dogs allowed. Daily limit – 12, possession limit – 48.
2023-24 Waterfowl

Waterfowl Notes:

  • Waterfowl hunting is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset during the waterfowl season.
2024 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2024. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 15- May 5, 2024. One legal turkey.
Area Notes
U.S. Army