Arkansas Approves 2011-12 Hunting Seasons
Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission formally approved regulation changes as part of the 2011-12 hunting season-setting process. One major change increases the statewide deer bag limit from five deer to six deer with no more than two bucks.
Another change eliminates the use of preference points for 2013-14 deer hunting permits. A completely random drawing will be used to select applicants for deer permit hunts. Waiting two years will allow hunters, who currently have preference points, to utilize those points, AGFC wildlife chief David Goad said. "In the interim, no hunters will accrue new preference points," Goad said. "Additionally, all members of party hunt applications that are successfully drawn for a hunt will lose their accrued points even if the permit is not purchased. This will eliminate the problem of super groups attempting to monopolize the deer permit system," he added.
To simplify deer hunting regulations, the Commission voted to remove the prohibition on hunting deer over bait during February. Baiting is allowed in January with only one percent of the deer harvest occurring during that month. Less than one percent of the total deer harvest is recorded during February. Biologists don't believe that any substantial increase in the February deer harvest will result if baiting is allowed during that month.
This hunting season, deer hunters will be required to display blaze orange or chartreuse on all sides of the exterior of a portable, pop-up type blind. This will only be required on the state’s public lands.
To see a summary of the 2011-12 hunting regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/hunting/Documents/2011-12GeneralHuntingRegsSummary.pdf