published July 12, 2010 by Ben Adams

Best Public Deer Hunting Spots in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas features a total of 82 WMAs (Wildlife Management Areas) and NWRs (National WildlifeRefuges), as well as two vast national forests — the Ozark and the Ouachita. While all of these areas are a blessing to those of us who love the outdoors, some are near godsends for deer hunters.

With deer season just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best public deer hunting spots in Arkansas in each region of the state: Northwest; Northeast; West Central; Central; South Central; Southwest; and Southeast.

While it would have been easy to order our list according only to harvest statistics, our ranking factors consisted of several variables beyond the total number of deer taken on each WMA/NWR. Of course, success rate and harvest numbers are taken into account, but this list also combines various other ranking factors including location, acreage/size, and “huntability” — meaning ease of access and quality of terrain.

As those of us who hunt a long of public land know, this type of hunting is about much more than just bagging a buck. Factors such as overcrowding, lack of access and almost unconquerable terrain (especially for the elderly and young hunters) can make you wish you would have just hit the snooze button on the morning’s hunt.

In the coming weeks, we’ll cover some of best public deer hunting spots in Arkansas, and give reasons why we consider each spot to be a prime location.

Stay tuned for a run-down of why our pick for Northwest Arkansas’s #1 public hunting area is White Rock WMA.

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