Hunting and Fishing

Searcy County is the home of some great hunting and fishing! Whitetail deer are the prime target for large game hunters, but Searcy County is blessed with hundreds of acres of forests filled with abundant wildlife. For public land hunting, there are parts of four Wildlife Management Areas, and two National Forest areas, and hunting is also allowed in the Buffalo National River Park. We are the Elk Hunting Capital of Arkansas! According to the AGFC, Searcy County led the harvest totals last year with 30, followed by Newton County with 12, then Pope with four, and Boone with one. 47 total for 2020. Great place for black bear hunting! Wild turkey, rabbit, squirrel, bobwhite quail, dove, and various furbearers, coyotes, and even wild hogs roam the county.

Hunting and Fishing licenses are sold in several locations in the county. There are many species of fish in the Buffalo National River and other various streams in the county, but smallmouth bass, catfish, and sunfish are the most popular. A few trout make their way up the Buffalo River in the Winter from the White River, but catching one is fairly rare.