Encompassing Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Madison and Washington counties, White Rock WMA (part of theOzarkNational Forest) comes in as our top pick for the best public hunting spot in Northwest Arkansas.
Because of the abundance of great deer hunting spots in this region of the state, choosing White Rock was no easy task. But when it came down to it, we felt it gives hunters the best chance to take a good buck, but more importantly, have an enjoyable hunt on public land. Listed below is the rating scale (1-10 with 10 being the best) of how White Rock ranks in our six major categories:
Deer Population (rank: 7) – One look at White Rock WMA from the road and you can tell it is full of deer. However, if you look at the harvest reports, White Rock’s deer per square mile numbers are not impressive. You must take into account the fact that nearly all of White Rock is tough, rugged Boston Mountain terrain, and many hunters don’t venture off the beaten path to scout for deer. Also, keep in mind the harvest/deer per square miles are based on tagged deer, almost all of which are bucks. (White Rock did produce 150 bucks in the last report, and here is one hunter that’s willing to bet this place is loaded with some very large bucks across it’s more than 280,000 acres.)
Come inside the Arkansas Deer Hunting Forum for the rest of the rankings on White Rock WMA.