Arkansas Hunting Season 2023 New Dates & Rules

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The Arkansas Hunting Season 2023-2024 provides an exciting chance for experienced hunters to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. The season covers several game species, including bear, elk, turkey, and deer, with the possibility of changing the start and end dates and the bag limits dependent on the harvest’s success and other variables. To hunt in Arkansas, one must first get a hunting license or permit, the price of which varies based on the season, the kind of hunting, and the applicant’s place of residence.

Private land hunting is an option in Arkansas in addition to public hunting grounds. In mid- and southern Arkansas, there are six hunting zones, giving avid hunters a variety of possibilities to indulge their love.

To ensure a successful and satisfying hunting experience, be educated and up-to-date on the most recent information on the hunting seasons in Arkansas. Prepare to embrace Arkansas’ unique challenges and rewards as you immerse yourself in the excitement of the hunt.

Arkansas Hunting Season 2023-2024

We aimed to create the most straightforward guide possible regarding the Arkansas hunting season 2023 to 2024. Discover the start and end dates for each season, discover the rules and bag limitations, comprehend the licensing requirements, and have access to useful resources.

Deer Season Arkansas 2023-2024

AGFC Deer Season is divided into many zones , each having its own season dates. These hunting seasons include archery, muzzleloader, and modern gun hunts, with regional variations. Additionally, within a particular time period, dogs are allowed for deer hunting, and rules establish the minimum number of antler points for authorized bucks. August marks the start of the deer shooting season, and the AGFC provides detailed information on licenses, permits, and related fees.

In general, Arkansas deer hunting season typically occur in the fall and winter months. For complete zone wise details on deer season you may read our Deer hunting season guide in Arkansas.

Regular Deer Season

Arkansas Deer ZoneTypeHunting Season Dates Zone 1ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 1MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 1Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 1Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 1Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 2ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 2MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 2Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 2Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 2Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 3ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 3MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 3Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 3Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 3Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 4ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 4MuzzleloaderClosed Zone 4Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 4Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 4Modern GunNov. 11-19, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 4AArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 4AMuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 16-18, 2023 Zone 4APrivate Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 4ASpecial Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 4AModern GunNov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 5AArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 5AMuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 16-18, 2023 Zone 5APrivate Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 5ASpecial Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 5AModern GunNov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 6ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 6MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 6Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 6Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 6Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 7ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 7MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 7Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 7Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 7Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 8ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 8MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 8Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 8Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 8Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 9ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 9MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 9Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 9Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 9Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 10ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 10MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 10Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 10Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 10Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 11ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 11MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 9-11, 2023 Zone 11Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 11Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 11Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 12ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 12MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 12Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 12Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 12Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 13ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 13MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 13Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 13Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 13Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 14ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 14MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 16-18, 2023 Zone 14Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 14Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 14Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 15ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 15MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 and Dec. 16-18, 2023 Zone 15Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 15Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 15Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023 Zone 16ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 16MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 16Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 16Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 16Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023 Zone 16AArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 16AMuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 16APrivate Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 16ASpecial Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 16AModern GunNov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023 Zone 17ArcherySept. 23, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024 Zone 17MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 17Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer HuntDec. 29-31, 2023 Zone 17Special Youth Modern Gun HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024 Zone 17Modern GunNov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023

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Note: Deer hunting with dogs is permitted from Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023

Arkansas Bow Season 2023

The Arkansas bow season for deer in 2023-2024 will run from September 23, 2023 to February 29, 2024. The season will be open for all deer in all zones. The dates of the Arkansas bow season for each zone are listed out in further detail below:

ZoneStart DateEnd Date 1Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 2Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 3Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 4Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 5Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 6Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 7Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 8Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 9Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024 10Saturday, September 23, 2023Thursday, February 29, 2024

Antler restrictions
  • Zones 1-9: Antlerless deer only
  • Zone 10: Any antlered or antlerless deer
Special regulations
  • Youth Only Hunt: November 4-5, 2023
  • Christmas Holiday Hunt: December 26-28, 2023
Bag limits
  • Zones 1-9: 5 deer, no more than 2 bucks
  • Zone 10: 3 deer, no more than 1 buck

Hunting licenses and deer permits issued by the state of Arkansas must be valid. Additionally, hunters are required to abide by any other relevant hunting laws.

Arkansas muzzleloader season 2023

The Arkansas muzzleloader season 2023 will take place from October 21, 2023, through November 12, 2023. All deer in all zones are eligible for the season. The dates for the muzzleloader season in each Arkansas zone are detailed down into further detail below:

ZonesStart DateEnd Date 1Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 2Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 3Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 4Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 5Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 6Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 7Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 8Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 9Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023 10Saturday, October 21, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023

Bag limits
  • Zones 1-9: 5 deer, no more than 2 bucks
  • Zone 10: 3 deer, no more than 1 buck
Antler restrictions
  • Zones 1-9: Antlerless deer only
  • Zone 10: Any antlered or antlerless deer
Special regulations
  • Youth Only Hunt: October 21-22, 2023

Arkansas youth hunt 2023

The Arkansas youth hunt for deer in 2023 will take place on November 4-6, 2023, and October 21-22, 2023. Hunters who are 16 years old or younger on the first day of the hunt are eligible for the youth hunt. Here is a more detailed breakdown of the youth hunt dates for each zone in Arkansas:

ZoneNovember 4-5October 21-22 1YesNo 2YesNo 3YesNo 4YesNo 5YesYes 6YesYes 7YesYes 8YesYes 9YesYes 10NoYes

Bag limits

  • Youth Only Hunt: 2 deer, no more than 1 buck
Antler restrictions
  • Youth Only Hunt: Any antlered or antlerless deer

Elk Season

Core Elk Management ZoneHunting TypeHunting Dates By Drawn Permit Only Public LandYouth HuntsOct. 7-8 and Oct. 28-29, 2023 Public LandRegular Elk Hunts (youth eligible)Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2023 By Private Land Elk Permit Only Private LandYouth Hunts (antlerless elk only)Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 28-29, 2023 Private LandRegular Elk Hunts (youth eligible)Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2023

Core Elk Management Zone

All public and private lands in the counties of Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Searcy

  • Legal guns allow you to shoot elk outside the Core Elk Management Zone during the deer hunting season.
  • Applications for Elk Hunting Permits are Accepted Now (May 1-June 1).

Bear Season

AR Bear ZoneHunting MethodSeason Dates Zone 1ArcherySept. 13-Nov. 30, 2023 Zone 1MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 1Special Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 Zone 1Modern GunNov. 11-30, 2023 (closes earlier if quota is reached) Zone 2ArcherySept. 13-Nov. 30, 2023 Zone 2MuzzleloaderOct. 21-29, 2023 Zone 2Special Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntNov. 4-5, 2023 Zone 2Modern GunNov. 11-30, 2023 Zone 3ArcheryClosed Zone 3MuzzleloaderClosed Zone 3Special Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntClosed Zone 3Modern GunDec. 9-15, 2023 (closes earlier if quota is reached) Zone 4ArcheryClosed Zone 4MuzzleloaderClosed Zone 4Special Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntClosed Zone 4Modern GunDec. 9-15, 2023 (closes earlier if quota is reached) Zone 5ArcheryClosed Zone 5MuzzleloaderClosed Zone 5Special Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntClosed Zone 5Modern GunNov. 25-Dec. 3, 2023 (closes earlier if quota is reached) Zone 5AArcheryClosed Zone 5AMuzzleloaderClosed Zone 5ASpecial Youth Modern Gun Bear HuntClosed Zone 5AModern GunNov. 18-Dec. 3, 2023 (closes earlier if quota is reached)

Bear Bag Limits

Bear ZoneStatewide Bag LimitArchery QuotaMuzzleloader QuotaModern Gun QuotaSeason End Date Zone 1One bear, either sex400 bears50 bears50 bearsNov. 30 or quota Zone 2One bear, either sex- Zone 3One bear, either sex-5 bearsDec. 15 or quota Zone 4One bear, either sex-25 bearsDec. 15 or quota Zone 5One bear, either sex-10 bearsDec. 3 or quota Zone 5AOne bear, either sex-5 bearsDec. 3 or quota

Note: To verify the harvest count, hunters must phone 833-345-0398 the evening before the hunt.

Hogs Season

Arkansas Hogs SeasonsHunting Season-Start DateHunting Season-End DateNote Feral Hogs (Private)Saturday-January 1, 2023Saturday-December 31, 2023There is no closed season There is no limit Feral Hogs (Public Firearm)1-Oct8-JanThere is no limit It may be used for any rifle deer, bear, or elk hunt For exact season information, see the deer, elk, and bear gun seasons Feral Hogs (Public Archery)1-Nov31-DecThere is no limit

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Alligator

AR Alligator Management ZoneHunting MethodHunting Dates Zone 1 and 3Public Land (Drawn Permit)Sept. 15-18, 2023 Zone 1 and 3Public Land (Drawn Permit)Sept. 22-25, 2023 Zone 1, 2, and 3Private Land (Permit Only)Sept. 15-18, 2023 Zone 1, 2, and 3Private Land (Permit Only)Sept. 22-25, 2023

Small Game Season

Squirrel Season

Squirrel SeasonHunting DatesDaily LimitPossession Limit Statewide (Dogs allowed)May 15, 2023-Feb. 29, 20241248

Rabbit Season

Rabbit SeasonHunting DatesDaily LimitPossession Limit StatewideSept. 1, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024816

Quail Season

Quail SeasonHunting DatesDaily LimitPossession Limit Northern Bobwhite Season (Statewide)Nov. 1, 2023-Feb. 5, 2024612

Arkansas Turkey Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit TurkeyZones 1 and 2: April 6-71 (jake allowed)2 (including 1 jake) TurkeyZone 1: April 15-231 (no jake)2 (including 1 jake) TurkeyZone 2: April 15-May 52 (no jakes)2 (including 1 jake)

Furbearer Hunting Season

Furbearer Hunting SeasonSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit BadgerStatewide hunting: closed- Spotted SkunkStatewide hunting: closed- WeaselStatewide hunting: closed- BeaverStatewide, Sept. 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited NutriaStatewide, Sept. 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited BobcatSept. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 20242Unlimited CoyoteJan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023UnlimitedUnlimited Gray FoxSept. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 20242- Red FoxSept. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 20242- MuskratSept. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024- MinkSept. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024- OpossumJan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023UnlimitedUnlimited RaccoonJan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023UnlimitedUnlimited Striped SkunkJan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023UnlimitedUnlimited River OtterNov. 12, 2023 – Feb. 29, 20242Unlimited

Furbearer Trapping Season Dates

Furbearer Trapping SeasonSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Furbearers (excluding beaver, coyote and nutria)Nov. 12, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited BeaverNov. 12, 2023 – March 31, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited NutriaNov. 12, 2023 – March 31, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited CoyoteAug. 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024UnlimitedUnlimited

Migratory Bird Season

Before being permitted to shoot ducks, geese, doves, coots, woodcocks, snipe, rail, or gallinules in Arkansas, people who are 16 years of age or higher and desire to acquire a hunting pass from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission must register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). The HIP register is meant to allow the Commission to oversee and control these species’ shootings and ensure that morally and sustainably responsible hunting methods are used.

It is a requirement for obtaining a hunting licence that you register for HIP. You can do this in person at any Commission location or www.agfc.com website. By encouraging ethical shooting methods that don’t damage the birds’ population, this rule aims to protect these species for future years. The Commission can sustain healthy populations of these species for leisure and biological reasons by tracing and watching shooting activities.

Early Migratory Bird Seasons

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Virginia Rail, SoraSept. 9-Nov. 17, 20232575 (combined) Common, Purple GallinuleSept. 1-Nov. 9, 20231545 Wilson’s SnipeNov. 1, 2023-Feb. 15, 2024824 WoodcockNov. 4-Dec. 18, 202339

Dove Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Mourning DoveSept. 2-Oct. 22, 20231545 White-Winged DoveSept. 2-Oct. 22, 20231545 Mourning DoveDec. 8, 2023-Jan. 15, 20241545 White-Winged DoveDec. 8, 2023-Jan. 15, 20241545 Eurasian Collared-DoveStatewide: Sept. 2, 2023-Jan. 15, 2024No limitNo limit

Crow Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Crow (Statewide-Open Thursdays through Mondays only)Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 19, 2024No limitNo limit

Waterfowl Season

Teal Season

AR Teal SeasonHunting Season DatesDaily LimitPossession Limit Special Early Teal SeasonSept. 15-30, 2023618

Ducks, Coots & Merganser Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit DuckNov. 18-26, 20236 (Species limits apply)18 (3 times daily bag limit) DuckDec. 9-23, 20236 (Species limits apply)18 (3 times daily bag limit) DuckDec. 27, 2023-Jan. 31, 20246 (Species limits apply)18 (3 times daily bag limit) CootNov. 18-26, 20231545 (3 times daily bag limit) CootDec. 9-23, 20231545 (3 times daily bag limit) CootDec. 27, 2023-Jan. 31, 20241545 (3 times daily bag limit) MerganserNov. 18-26, 20235 (including up to 2 hooded mergansers)15 (3 times daily bag limit) MerganserDec. 9-23, 20235 (including up to 2 hooded mergansers)15 (3 times daily bag limit) MerganserDec. 27, 2023-Jan. 31, 20245 (including up to 2 hooded mergansers)15 (3 times daily bag limit)

Youth Waterfowl Season

Youth Waterfowl SeasonHunting Season DatesNote Special Youth Waterfowl HuntDec. 2, 2023 and Feb. 3, 2024Ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers may be harvested on these days by youth 15 and under.

Military and Veteran Hunt

Military and Veteran HuntHunting Season DatesNote Special Active Duty Military and Veteran HuntFeb. 3, 2024Veterans and current service military personnel may collect ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers on this day.

Goose Season

Arkansas has two geese hunting seasons: normal and light goose conservation order. From November through January, Canada, snow, and Ross’s geese may be hunted everyday. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese have no bag or possession limitations under the light goose conservation order from February to April.

Canada Goose Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Canada GooseSept 1-Oct 15, 2023515 Canada GooseNov 18-26, 202326 Canada GooseDec 9-23, 202326 Canada GooseDec 27, 2023-Jan 31, 202426

White-fronted Goose Season

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit White-fronted GooseOct. 28-Nov. 10, 202339 White-fronted GooseNov. 18-26, 202339 White-fronted GooseDec. 9-23, 202339 White-fronted GooseDec. 27, 2023-Jan. 31, 202339

Snow, Blue and Ross’s Goose

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseOct. 28-Nov. 10, 202320No possession limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseNov. 18-26, 202320No possession limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseDec. 9-23, 202320No possession limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseDec. 27, 2023-Jan. 31, 202420No possession limit

Light Goose Conservation Order

SpeciesSeason DatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseFeb. 1-2, 2024NoneNo possession limit Snow, Blue, Ross’s GooseFeb. 5-April 25, 2024NoneNo possession limit

Arkansas Hunting Season Schedule and Date
Arkansas Hunting Season Schedule and Dates Timeline

Migratory Bird Regulations

  • Hunting for teal is permissible all day, but shooting for other species is only allowed an hour before sunrise until dusk.
  • Due to marshy areas, waterfowl shooting is prohibited in some Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The Dave Donaldson Black River and George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMAs have a noon departure time, while all other duck shooting areas have a 1:00 p.m. departure time.
  • Between November 1 and February 15, visitors are not permitted in designated regions of bird roosting places.
  • Ducks are restricted to six per day and 18 per week.
  • The daily weight limit for coots is 15, with a maximum of three times that amount permitted in custody at any given time.
  • Mergansers can be kept in captivity for up to three times as long as they are given up to five times daily.
  • For some species, bag and ownership restrictions have been implemented to guarantee ethical shooting methods and long-term population protection.
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*** According to the laws, only those 15 years of age or younger, veterans, and current military people are permitted to shoot ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers. A guide of at least 21 must accompany anyone under 18 who has yet to finish a hunting education training. Supervisors cannot remove the called-in animals, including ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers.

These animals have the same firing opportunity and weight restrictions as the regular hunting season. Hunting is permitted on WMAs from 30 minutes before dawn until sundown. All shooters should take the time to become acquainted with these guidelines before going shooting because they must be aware of them. These laws have been created to ensure healthy and moral shooting practises and safeguard these species for future years.

Note: Please visit www.reportband.gov if you kill a migrating bird that has been banded.

Arkansas Hunting License Fees

Arkansas hunting license prices vary by residence and type. Residents pay $25 for a hunting license, while non-residents pay $300. A $1,000 lifetime sportsman’s license and $500 new lifetime license are available in Arkansas. Non-resident deer hunting permits range from $75 to $225, depending on length and quantity of tags, giving state hunters several alternatives.

License TypesFees Combination Sportsman’s License (CS)$35.50 Resident (Sportsman’s License) (RS)$25.00 Resident (Wildlife Conservation License) (HNT)$10.50 General WMA Hunter Use Permit (WMP)Free Resident (Trapper’s Permit) (TP)Free Resident (Hunting Guide License) (GLH)$25.00 Resident (Special Hunting Guide License) (GLS)$150.00 Deferred Hunter Education License (DHE)Free NonResident (Annual All Game Hunting License) (NBG)$350.00 NonResident (5-Day All Game Hunting License) (AG5)$180.00 NonResident (3-Day All Game Hunting License) (AG3)$125.00 NonResident (1-Day All Game Hunting License) (AG1)$55.00 NonResident (Annual Small Game Hunting License) (NRH)$110.00 NonResident (5-Day Small Game Hunting License) (SG5)$70.00 NonResident (Trapper’s Permit) (NFT)$125.00 NonResident (Hunting Guide License) (GNH)$450.00 Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp – Resident ) (DSR)$7.00 Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp – NonResident) (DSN)$35.00 Non-Resident (5-Day WMA Waterfowl Permit) (NW5)$30.50 Harvest Information Program Registration (HIP)Free Federal Duck Stamp$25.00 65 Plus Lifetime Hunting License (Application)$25.00 65 Plus Lifetime Combination License (Application)$35.50 Nonexpiring Lifetime Resident (Hunting and Fishing Sportsman’s Permit (Application)$1,000.00 Resident (3-Year Disability Hunting License (RDH) (Application)$25.00 Mobility Impairment Access Permit (Application)Free

Buy a License

• Toll Free phone 800-364-4263 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

• Visit www.agfc.com or download the AGFC mobile app.

AGFC new online hunting license system 2023

AGFC new online hunting license systemDetails Launching InitiativesThe New hunting mobile app and enhanced online license portal are being released by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). Online Licensing PortalThe primary web page for buying licenses will resemble earlier online licensing systems, but with more streamlined user customizations. These adjustments include adjusting license listings in accordance with user location, age, and recent license purchases. Language InclusivityThe new system intends to be more inclusive, and by the end of the year, both English and Spanish will be offered for the user interface. Smartphone App RelaunchThe mobile app for AGFC will be updated and re-released to work better with modern devices. Hunters will be able to check on deer and turkeys without a mobile phone signal. Users must uninstall the previous app and install the new one from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. To guarantee correct license information, the same account that was used on the website must be used. Tag Activation and CheckingThe amount of tags per license that may be used during hunting seasons will be activated. Before their hunts, hunters may connect onto the app to confirm their tags. Even without a mobile service, the app’s tag locations may be used to locate deer, bears, or turkeys. The data will be delivered as soon as the phone receives a data signal again. Verification is provided via the electronic tag evidence on the phone. Convenience and Paper TagsAlthough paper tags may still be utilized until reaching mobile phone coverage, the app makes checking deer easier. With the help of the app, hunters can swiftly examine their deer and bring it home to enjoy.

Arkansas Hunting Contacts

Phone number:

  • 501-223-6300
  • 800-364-4263 (toll-free)

Address:

  • 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Important Arkansas Hunting Season Links.

About Arkansas Hunting.

Wildlife control and environmental protection are given top priority in Arkansas. Hunting is therefore prohibited at specific periods of the year when creatures are breeding. The state makes a concerted effort to maintain the land’s and creatures’ welfare to protect the people in the coming years. Large game creatures like crocodiles, elks, bears, deer, and lesser game like bunnies, rodents, and quails can be found in the state. Shooting is permitted in several wildlife control zones throughout the state, and licenses can be acquired for nothing or at a low fee. The shooting experience in Arkansas is distinct and memorable, making it an excellent location for hunting enthusiasts.

2023-2024 Arkansas Hunting Seasons Regulations

  • Hunters and their partners must cover at least 400 square inches of their upper body in hunter orange, chartreuse, or fiery camouflage.
  • In the CWD control zone, feeding any untamed creatures is forbidden.
  • As required, forage areas can be used.
  • Only muzzleloaders and arrows are permitted hunting tools during the muzzleloader deer and bear seasons.
  • Small wild creatures can be hunted with air rifles.

For complete regulations you may review the Arkansas eregulations website

Often Asked Questions on Arkansas Hunting Seasons

Dates & Regulations Source: AGFC Arkansas

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