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Greers Ferry Lake WMA

Zone County
270 Cleburne, Van Buren
2023-24 Closed Seasons
  • Alligator
  • Bear Modern Gun
  • Bear Muzzleloader
  • Deer Modern Gun
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 Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt (permit hunt): Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan 6-7, 2024.
Deer Modern Gun: Closed

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

  • Two bucks with archery,
  • Four does with archery,
  • During youth hunt, youths may take four deer, two
    bucks (no antler restrictions) or four does.

Deer Notes:

  • Three-point rule during archery hunt.
  • No dogs.
2023-24 Quail
Nov. 1, 2023-Feb. 5, 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 Bear
Bear Archery: Sept. 13-Nov. 30, 2023

Bear Notes:

2024 Turkey
Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2024. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt: April 15- May 5, 2024. One legal turkey.
About the Name
The area was named after the lake and land adjacent to it.
Accesses to area are numerous major highway networks that lead to different public use areas and surrounding lands.
The area was first leased in 1968.
Area Notes
  • A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap on WMAs. Permits are available online by clicking “Buy Licenses” at or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office.
  • CWD regulations apply in Van Buren County. Due to ongoing research, collared or ear-tagged deer may be present. Research deer are legal for harvest. Tag and check research deer as required and call 833-289-2469 within 12 hours of harvest.
  • The WMA includes all Corps of Engineer property between the lake and the white line. There are parks on the lake that are off limits to hunting. These areas are marked with yellow paint.
  • Youth permit hunters will be restricted to shotguns and muzzleloaders.
The land is in the foothills of the Boston Mountains of Central Arkansas. The vegetation consists of oak-hickory woodland with scattered pine-cedar stands. There are some open lands, such as the public use areas, that have many grasses and shrubs.
Hunting Opportunities
Hunting is limited to land outside of the public use areas. The best hunting opportunities are for white-tailed deer (archery and special permit muzzeloader hunting only) and turkey.
The area runs adjacent to Greers Ferry Lake. The management area consists of the corps land that is above the conservation pool.
Management Practices
The AGFC in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, plant food plots, constructs or maintains habitat modifications for the betterment of wildlife. The Corps has a visitors center near the dam, there is a Federal Fish Hatchery just south of the dam and many other attractions in nearby towns. Additional hunting and other outdoor recreational opportunities exist on adjacent leased land. This land is called the Cherokee WMA.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The lake area was first leased by the AGFC for the main purpose of fishery habitat development.
Recreation Other Than Hunting
The area has many recreational adventures. Since it is a Corps Lake, there is camping (both modern and primitive), fishing and other water sports, hiking and many other opportunities that exist for the enjoyment of the outdoors.
Restaurants and Other Facilities
The management area and lake are in the heart of north central Arkansas, just 70 miles north of Little Rock. Motels, restaurants and supply stores can be found in Heber Springs, Fairfield Bay, Clinton and other small towns around the lake.