AGFC Considers 2005-2006 Hunting Proposals

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Biologists from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission presented their proposals for this year’s deer season at the agency’s monthly meeting in Little Rock.

The commission will study the proposals and make a decision at its March 17 meeting in Little Rock. If approved by the commission, the state’s bag limit would remain at three deer - the same as the previous season.

The season bag limit is three deer, of which no more than two may be legal bucks. Hunters may not take more than two does using firearms. Additional restrictions may apply within certain zones and Wildlife Management Areas.

One major change this year would be the increase in zone and WMA quota doe permits. Last year about 7,000 of the permits were available to hunters. This year that number will be raised to more than 13,000 of the popular permits. Another change includes a two-day early youth-only modern gun deer hunt to be held Nov. 5-6.