3,869 acre Arbuckle Springs WMA is located one mile west of the small town of Bromide in far northeast Johnston County. The WMA has very shallow soils overlaying limestone rock. Native grasses and shrubs are dominant, with smaller patches of oak and other hardwood timber.
WMA will be closed to all other activities during controlled hunts (see current hunting regulations for specific controlled hunt dates)
Arbuckle Springs WMA - Johnston County
-Area is closed to all non-hunting activities except for hunter and/or angler camping and fishing during the period of October 1 – February 15.
-Area is open to hunter and angler camping in the designated campground
Hunting contact: Biologist John Carter (405)823-8383
Game Warden: Curtis Latham (580) 320-2948. Bud Cramer (580)320-2950
Closed Seasons: Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Turkey Fall Gun
Same as Statewide Seasons: Youth Deer Gun, Deer Archery
Seasons w/Special Restrictions:
- Turkey Fall Archery: Closed the first nine days of deer gun season.
-Quail, Squirrel, Rabbit, Crow, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Snipe, Woodcock, Trapping (water sets, live box traps, and enclosed trigger traps only), Pursuit with Hounds, Predator/Furbearer Calling, Waterfowl: Closed from October 1 through the first nine days of deer gun season.
-Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring: One-tom limit, seasons combined.
WMA Driving Directions: From Bromide: 1 mile west on Harris Ranch Road (AKA 1790 Road). From Connerville: 5.5 miles east of highway 99 on Harris Ranch Road
Game Species of Interest:
Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers.
Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers.
Turkey: Rio Grande turkeys are present in good numbers.
Rabbit: Cottontails are present in fair numbers.
Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, and raccoon are available.
Dove: Present in low numbers.
Waterfowl: Present in limited numbers on the farm ponds.
Squirrel: Fox and gray squirrels are present in fair numbers in forested areas.
Nongame Species of Interest:
Rattlesnakes: Both western diamondback and timber rattlesnakes are fairly common. Use appropriate caution when using the WMA, especially during warmer periods.
The shallow limestone soils produce plant communities that are uncommon in the state.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
This is a new WMA, but planned management efforts will focus on enhancing native plant communities with prescribed burns, prescribed grazing, herbicide applications, and mechanical brush control.
Camping and Facilities:
A designated primitive camping area is available, while both lodging and restaurants are available in Tishomingo, Ada, and Atoka.
Some fishing opportunities exist in the farm ponds located on the WMA.