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Hunting Season in Southwest Arkansas - Information for the Public

Hunting near Lake Greeson

Hunting Season is among us, and the hunting opportunities abound in this neck of the woods.

We have included information below from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission about public hunting near Lake Greeson. To find out more about hunting near Lake Greeson and to see zoning map please visit, Arkansas Game and Fish Commision Lake Greeson Zoning Map

Lake Greeson

Wildlife Management Area 2018-19

2018-19 Crow

Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 21, 2019. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.

2018-19 Deer

Deer Archery: Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. No dogs.

Deer Muzzleloader: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 29-31, 2018. No dogs.

Deer Muzzleloader Mobility Impaired (permit hunt): Nov. 1-2, 2018. No dogs.

Deer Modern Gun: Nov. 10-21 (no dogs) and Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2018 (dogs allowed).

Deer Modern Gun Special Youth Hunt: Nov. 3-4, 2018 and Jan. 5-6, 2019. No dogs

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

  • Two bucks with archery,

  • Four does with archery,

  • One buck and one doe with muzzleloader,

  • One buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe with mobility-impaired permit,

  • One buck and one doe with modern gun.

  • During youth hunt, youths may take two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe.

Deer Notes: A WMA Deer Hunt Permit is required to hunt deer during the mobility-impaired permit hunt.

Three-point rule.

2018-19 Quail

Nov. 1, 2018-Feb. 4, 2019. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.

2018-19 Rabbit

Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.

2018-19 Squirrel

May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.

2019 Turkey

Youth Hunt: April 6-7, 2019. Two legal turkeys, no more than one jake.

Firearms Hunt: April 8-23, 2019. Two legal turkeys, no jakes (youths may take one jake as part of their statewide seasonal limit).


Access points on the west can be found along Hwy 369 between Nashville and Newhope, while from the north, Weyerhaeuser Rd 25520 off of Hwy 70 leads onto the area. From Murfreesboro, take Hwy 19 to Narrows Dam and follow the signs to the Parker Creek Campground, located within the management area in the western shore of the lake.


Typical Athens Piedmont Plateau, rolling hills intensively managed for pine production and pine/hardwood mixed composition along creeks. Portions of the area served as a refuge during the early 60ês and the area now provides approximately 38,000 acres for public recreation.

Hunting Opportunities

Deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. See Current Regulations Book for seasons and permit requirements.


It is in Pike and Howard Counties, approximately 4 miles northwest of Murfreesboro.

Management Practices

Wildlife management practices are integrated with timber management practices to provide quality wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities. These management practices provide substantial open land habitats and stimulate excellent browse production. Several food plots are planted throughout the area and along the lake to supplement natural browse.


In addition to a General WMA Use Permit, a Lake Greeson WMA leased lands permit is required to hunt, trap or camp on the area. Leased lands permits may be purchased at any license vendor, AGFC regional office or online at


This area is made up of approximately 22,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser Company land, 12,200 acres of other private land and 2,000 acres of U.S. Corps of Engineer property.


The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.

Recreation Other Than Hunting

Lake Greeson offers good fishing opportunities and the Little Missouri River below the dam offers excellent cool season trout fishing and smallmouth bass fishing. The Crater of Diamond State Park is just south of Murfreesboro.


Due to the large network of Weyerhaeuser roads that run throughout the area it is recommended that anyone not familiar with the area obtain an area map from the AGFC office

Looking for a Place to Stay while hunting near Lake Greeson?

Morning View Retreat self-catering cabins are located smack dab in between Crater of Diamonds and Lake Greeson in the heart of the piney woods in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. If you are looking for a little more than camping, consider staying with Morning View Retreat complete with free breakfast and full kitchen. Call us a 870-925-0983 for special discount prices!

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