The Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas are prime elk country, home to the state’s elk population numbering about 700.
In the heart of Arkansas’ elk range near Mount Judea, you’ll find the 17,652-acre Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area.
In 2007, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with two families, long-time RMEF life members, to place a conservation easement on a 314-acre tract to permanently protect its wildlife values.
The transaction allowed the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to manage the wildlife and habitat on a larger scale.
Called the Lick Mountain project and surrounded by the wildlife management area on three sides and the Buffalo River to the north, it features rolling hills and hardwood forests of oak and hickory that offer important habitat for elk, whitetail deer, black bear, turkey and a host of other wildlife.
In 2018, ownership transferred to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission so now it is open to public access for hunting, hiking and other recreational activity.
The immediate surrounding landscape features some sheer bluffs and three creeks that provide vital riparian habitat as well.
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners opened or improved public access to more than 1.3 million acres of land.
To learn more about the access points of RMEF projects near you or your favorite hunting area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App.
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