No deer on ONF only coyotes and squirrels.
I live in the surburbs of Story and there is a 22 acre parcel directly across Hiway 27 from me for sale. Out of state owner is pretty firm on $3600 per acre. There is a 55 acre parcel directly south of my place also. Don't know what Dale is asking, but figure it to be in the $3000 per range.
Hunting is good for both deer and turkey. I have a few close friends that camp on my place and hunt Muddy Creek WMA (my place joins Muddy Creek on one side) They also hunt the Natl Forest off Hiway 298 North of Lake Ouachita and some Corps of Engineers land ajoining the Lake. We killed 7 deer off my 50 acres during the season and don't seem to have hurt the population greatly, since I had seven in my front yard this morning. I have seen flocks of up to 20 turkeys on my place and have heard them in the Spring. I'm not a turkey hunter, since I don't care to eat them, but we have a lot of turkey hunters here in the Spring.
Ducks are good on a couple of places on Ouachita, just a mile or so from my house. It ain't Stuttgart green timber or pit blind hunting, but we do shoot a few every year.
My game cams usually have the odd bear or two on them during the year and we see them a lot. My buddy across the way had several bears on his cams, also, and one mountain lion. Again, I don't shoot bears, as eating one would be, to me anyway, like eating a 300 pound possum. Other than skunks, yotes and armadillos, I usually don't shoot what I won't eat. I do make an exception for crows, however. No comment on the lions.
Right now we have a grand total of one business establishment in Story -- Lorrie's Bluebell Cafe. They are also about to close our post office, I guess. Traffic isn't all that bad, either, although I have seen as many as two vehicles on the road in front of our house at times. There is about 2 acres situated on the driveway that goes from my house to the highway. It is owned by a family that lives between Brinkley and CLarendon. They have a mobil home and a camper set up and come in pretty often. Very nice people. They leave a boat, lawn mower and other stuff here and I keep an eye on it for them. Nothing has gone missing yet.
If you like to fish, Lake Ouachita is only a couple of miles down the road, and a few miles further is a great place to squirrel or coon hunt. Folks around here are very friendly to us new arrivals (I've only been around here for about 35 years, so am considered new folks, but have been welcomed to hunt and fish with the ones whose great grandfathers hunted here before Ouachita was dammed up.)
One source for land listings would be Action Realty in Mt. Ida, they have a website. Or just drive up and spot the land for sale signs, since quite a few places are listed by owner and usually will be owner financed.
Hope this helps.