published August 16, 2010 by Ben Adams

Best Public Deer Hunting in Northeast Arkansas

The Dave Donaldson/Black River WMA in Clay, Randolph and Greene counties in Northeast Arkansas tops our list as the best public deer hunting spot in Northeast Arkansas.

Providing some of the best — if not THE best — duck habitat in Arkansas, Dave Donaldson/Black River is coveted by hunters much more for its mallards than its whitetails. But with public deer hunting land a premium in this area of the state, its size is favorable for deer hunters, and its population/quality of bucks isn’t too shabby either, all things considered.

All ranking factors are based on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the most favorable.

Food and Water Sources (rank: 9) Maybe the very best aspect of Dave Donaldson is the abundance of food and water sources. Obviously, water is readily available, even in the driest seasons, so deer congregate into the driest areas of bottomland they can find. Of course, Northeast Arkansas offers a plethora of crops, from rice to corn to soybeans, so that tells you all you need to know about not only food source availability, but about hearty nutrition conducive to large deer  and healthy antler growth too. Oak hardwoods also provide  valuable nutrition, and soil management practices conducted by the AGFC to promote healthy duck habitat benefit deer too.

Come inside the Arkansas Hunting Forum to for the complete rankings for Dave Donaldson/Black River WMA.

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