Permits

Deer

Muzzleloader and Modern Gun Quota Deer Hunts: 

Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge has two quota deer hunts per unit, which are the Modern Gun Deer Hunt and the Muzzleloader Deer Hunt. Quota Hunt applications and all payments must be processed online. Read and review the following information regarding all procedures. 

Important Dates:

Application Period: The ENTIRE month of August.
Drawing and Hunter Notification: September 11, 2017
If selected, deadline to purchase permit: October 6, 2017
Quota Muzzleloader Deer Hunt- October 21-23, 2017
Quota Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Survey Due by November 22, 2017*
Quota Gun Deer Hunt – November 11-13, 2017    
Quota Gun Deer Hunt Survey Due by December 13, 2017*

* Each person who received a quota hunt permit (whether they hunted or not) MUST complete an online survey within 30 days of the last day of the hunt by logging into their RecAccess account to be eligible to apply for the next year's hunt.


How to Apply for Quota Hunts: 

Online Applications

Applications for quota hunts must be done online. Online applications are the quickest and easiest way to apply and provide you with a confirmation number for your records once your application is complete. 

First time applicants - Each person that does not have a RecAccess account must register for an account before applying or being entered for any hunt. 

ATTENTION: If you have already created an account or someone else has created an account for you: DO NOT CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT. If you are at all unsure, contact the refuge office at 870-282-8200. Duplicate accounts can result in disqualification.


 Group Applications 

Up to five hunters may apply as a hunt party. When applying online, you will be able to enter the other members of your group during the online application process. 

Please note, submissions of any person’s name more than once for the same Hunt Type will result in disqualification.

**Successfully selected applicants will be charged $12.50 per permit. 

**Unclaimed permits will NOT be available for purchase for either hunt on Dale Bumpers White River NWR. 

**NOTICE: BE SURE TO SELECT EITHER NORTH OR SOUTH UNIT WHEN APPLYING FOR EACH HUNT. IF NO UNIT IS SELECTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION, YOUR UNIT WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR YOU.**  

Click here to access the RecAccess website. 

   

Youth Modern Gun and Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt at Cook's Lake:

Also, there is a Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt and a Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt that takes place on the Cook's Lake Unit in cooperation with Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.

Information on Youth and Mobility Impaired Hunts 

  
 
A general Refuge User Brochure/Permit is required for all activities on Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. The permit is free and can be found at most refuge entry points, at the visitor center, and online at the link below. Simply sign your name in the white box at the bottom of the page, signifying that you read and understand all of the regulations, and carry it with you. Permits are not transferable.

Printable Public Use, Hunting and Fishing Regulations Brochure & Map