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Can anyone tell me whether or not a .22 is legal for squirrel in Wedington. I can't seem to find any guidance anywhere... I know they are on commission owned wma's but wedington is USFS.
 

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I was confused on this too, but it's not just Commission owned WMAs anymore:

Unless otherwise prohibited, bobcat, fox and coyote may be taken during daylight hours with firearms of any caliber during bobcat, fox and coyote seasons on AGFC-owned WMAs and all U.S. Forest Service lands including WMA’s lying within the Ouachita National Forest and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.
http://www.agfc.com/resources/GuidebookDocs/hunt2012p57-122.pdf

COOL!:thumb:
 

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I was under the impression that only single projectile muzz and shotguns were allowed out there? That's whats in the book. I would like to see where it says differently, though I am not doubting y'all. I just wanna know.

^^ doesn't include squirrel in that sentence?
 

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Stop by the ranger station on the south side of 16 and talk to them. I have had two different rangers tell me two different things. I go by what was posted about out of the book.
 

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In that case I am going to continue carrying shotgun only until I make friends with these rangers, which I've yet to see one all season. I had a lady on a horse try to tell me guns weren't allowed out there last week, I just laughed and explained she was severely misinformed.
 

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In that case I am going to continue carrying shotgun only until I make friends with these rangers, which I've yet to see one all season. I had a lady on a horse try to tell me guns weren't allowed out there last week, I just laughed and explained she was severely misinformed.
You should have kindly informed her that she needed to flip to page 67 of her guide book and she would see that pleasure riding outside of the months of Feb-Sept is prohibited and that you would be happy to call the GW to see which of you was in the right. :thumb: I get sick of the horse riders out there thinking they run the place.



Here is the paragraph:


Horses and Mules
Pleasure riding and organized trail rides are allowed during February, March and June through September
on AGFC-owned land. Permits for organized events involving 10 or more horses or mules are available by
request from wildlife management area headquarters and must be obtained at least two weeks in advance of
the event. Horses and riders are restricted to established trails or roads. Horses and mules are allowed only
in camping areas that are designated for equestrian use. Horses in camping areas may be tied to trailers or
to a highline using tree saver straps. Horses or mules may not be allowed to damage trees or other woody
vegetation. Soil disturbance must be restored, manure must be scattered and excess feed, hay and any trash
must be removed. These requirements do not apply to Ozark National Forest lands.

Unless otherwise noted for specific WMAs or SUAs, hunters may use horses or mules during open seasons
on most WMAs or at night during furbearer season.
 

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I had a rider tell me to slow down in my truck when I passed them outside their trucks under the power line. I was going less than 10 mph.

Anyway:

20.02 FIREARM RESTRICTIONS ON WMAs
04-11
It is unlawful to possess buckshot, rifled slugs, centerfire firearms or rimfire firearms larger than .22 caliber on WMAs other than during open modern gun deer, bear or elk seasons and in compliance with Codes 06.02; 06.09; 06.10. It is unlawful to possess muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber on any WMA other than during an open muzzleloader or modern gun deer, bear or elk seasons and in compliance with Code 06.03. On Commission-owned WMAs bobcat, fox and coyote may be taken during daylight hours with firearms of any caliber during bobcat, fox and coyote seasons on commission-owned WMAs and all USDA Forest Service lands, including WMAs lying within Ouachita National Forest and the St. Francis/Ozark National Forests.
WMA SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS:
(A) Beaver Lake; Big Lake; Brushy Creek; Dave Donaldson Black River, St. Francis Sunken Lands; Shirey Bay Rainey Brake, Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms; U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station; W.E. Brewer Scatter Creek and Wedington WMAs – only shotguns with slugs (no buckshot allowed), or muzzleloading rifles (in compliance with Code 06.03) shooting a single projectile only during modern gun season.

I read that as the any caliber rule applies during bobcat, yote and fox seasons. Nothing larger than .22 for varmint hunting. I am interpreting "modern gun season" as deer MG specifically or they would have specified otherwise. (i.e. modern gun as opposed to archery).

I just bought a .17HMR and can't wait to take it out there!
 

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Wedington is not AGFC owned. It is forest service. But the AGFC manages the h ting side of it. The forest service people at the gate house are just over the campground and lake. They usually dont have a clue
About the WMA. You can use a shotgun with #4 shot or smaller for rabbit and squirrel. You can coyote hunt out there with a 50 BMG if you want. Can also duck hunt on the river out there as long as it is on the wma. Can also use .22 rimfire or smaller for squirrel if you want. Can ise that for rabbit too if your a much better shot than i am.
The shotgun wih single projectile is for the permit gun deer hunt
 

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I did inform her that she wasn't to be on a horse out there until Feb. and if she was worried about my gun then maybe she should wait until then...

It was a partial lie though, I got home and looked after the incident and it says those rules don't apply in Ozark National Forest...I don't really understand why though. Usually the riders are cool and will wave or ask me if I have seen anything if I see them while hunting. Oh well, it probably wouldn't be a big problem I just sometimes walk up on them, I like to use that bike trail for squirrel hunting/getting to areas, its quiet. I've read everywhere and I never found anything about not being able to hunt from a trail, and I would never shoot a huge horse with a person.

^^Good info, makes me feel better about taking a .22 out there.
 
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