Turkey season may open at the beginning of April, but now is the time to plan for a successful season. Begin by applying for a wildlife management area turkey hunt permit beginning Jan. 15.
Many good public turkey hunting opportunities exist, particularly on the large cooperative WMAs owned by the U.S. Forest Service. However, turkeys and turkey hunters need room to spread out, which can lead to conflicts between hunters on some smaller WMAs.
To increase the quality of the hunt on some of the most popular public areas, the Game and Fish Commission restricts the number of hunters allowed during turkey season through random drawings.
Only permit holders may hunt on the WMA during the permit hunt. However, a permit holder can have a friend alongside them to call for them. Friends and family may camp with permit holders at designated campsites on the WMA.
Applications can be made electronically https://www.agfc.com/en/ from Jan. 15 through Feb. 15. Winning applicants will be notified via email.
Applications require a $5 nonrefundable processing fee. Winning applicants are not required to pay any additional fee for the permit, but must have a valid Arkansas hunting license during the hunt.
To view a list of available permits, click here.