W. E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA
- 2023-24 Closed Seasons
- 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 Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Oct. 21-22, 2023
Deer Modern Gun: Closed
Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024. This area has special firearms restrictions; see Area Notes.
WMA Deer Bag Limit: Three deer, no more than two legal bucks, which may include:
- Two bucks with archery,
- Three does with archery.
- One buck or one doe with muzzleloader permit.
- During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, two bucks (no antler restrictions) or one doe.
- Three-point rule.
- 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.
- 2023-24 Squirrel
May 15, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024. Dogs allowed. Daily limit – 12, possession limit – 48.
- 2024 Turkey
Youth Hunt (permit required): April 6-7, 2024. One legal turkey.
Firearms Hunt (permit required): April 15-17 and April 20-22, 2024. One legal turkey.
Turkey Notes: A WMA Turkey Hunt Permit is required to hunt turkeys on this WMA. Click here for details.
- About the Name
Named for the many natural springs found on the area that merge to from the Scatter Creek Watershed. This is one of the Commissionsê most recently acquired WMAs and represents the only Commission owned WMA within the unique Crowleyês Ridge Physiographic region.
It may be reached by taking state highway 49 north from Jonesboro to the intersection of state highways 49 and 135 in Paragould. Continue north on state highway 135 to the junction of state highway 34. Turn left on state highway 34 toward Delaplaine and go about 2 1/2 miles until you see the Scatter Creek project sign. This is the only developed access at present.
The initial purchase of 957 acres was made in 1986. Land acquisition and development is ongoing.
- 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 agfc.com or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office.
- A hunting or fishing license or AGFC Camping Permit is required to camp.
- Only shotguns (.410 and larger) with slugs (no buckshot allowed) or muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed during youth modern gun hunt.
- Only muzzleloading rifles shooting a single projectile are allowed during muzzleloader permit hunt.
- The Jack Cox shooting range will be closed during all permit hunts.
- Area Type
Permitted in designated areas only. Primitive sites only, no utilities, restroom available at Spain Tract Pavilion.
Narrow ridges characterize the topography with sharp, winding tops, steep side slopes and narrow valleys between the ridges. Two streams head up on the area, Scatter Creek on the north and Locust Creek on the south. The area is dotted with old field systems which are maintained as permanent open land to add diversity to the landscape.
- Hunting Opportunities
Game species found on the area are deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. The area supports good populations of deer and turkeys. Check the current regulations guide for season dates and regulations. Squirrel hunting is usually considered to be good on the area. Old field systems support good numbers of rabbits.
William E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA lies 34 miles north of Jonesboro, 7 miles NE of Paragould and 23 miles SE of Pocahontas and is located on Crowley’s Ridge and is in Deer Zone 5
- Management Practices
Open lands and old field systems are intensively managed by a combination specialized plantings, small grain crops and legumes, mechanical vegetation control and prescribed fire. This provides supplemental and emergency food supplies for a variety of wildlife species as well as nesting habitat and escape cover for quail, turkeys and non game species.
AGFC 833-200-5199 • 5,002 acres
To date, about 5,000 acres have been purchased through cooperative efforts by the Commission, the Greene County Wildlife Club, the nature Conservancy and the national Wild Turkey Federation. As of April, 1999, Commission ownership is comprised of four separate parcels, divided by private land. Continued land purchases are directed at the overall objective of enlarging the area by purchasing properties that connect and consolidate current ownership.
Purchase of this area was assisted by local interests and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission to conserve and protect a part of the diminishing Crowley’s Ridge Upland Game Habitat, and to provide additional public lands to meet the ever increasing demand for outdoor recreational opportunity related to fish, wildlife and other natural resources.
- Recreation Other Than Hunting
Interior roads and trails are off limits to motorized vehicles, but offer excellent opportunity for hiking, photography, wildlife observance or bird watching. The area is very scenic year round, especially in spring and during the peak fall color period. There is a 12-station rifle/pistol range on the area just off Arkansas Highway 34. The range is open from sunrise to sunset all year except for firearms deer and turkey seasons.
- Restaurants and Other Facilities
A pavilion is located at the south end of the Spain tract on highway 34. Available by reservation only. Contact the Jonesboro Regional Office for information at 833-200-5199. Overnight lodging, a variety of restaurants and entertainment is available in Paragould or Jonesboro. Signs designate roads and trails available for use by handicapped permit holders.
Topographic maps are: Lafe, Paragould West, available from the Arkansas Geological Survey 501-296-1877. Non hunting visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange if visiting the area during modern gun deer seasons, for safety reasons. No unusual health or safety hazards are known to be present on the area.
- WMA Master Plan