Arkansas WMA Turkey Hunt App Period Begins Dec. 15

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Beginning Monday, Dec. 15, Arkansas turkey hunters may apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2009 spring turkey season.

This year, the AGFC is accepting permits only online at www.agfc.com. Applicants may also apply by calling the AGFC at (800) 364-4263 ext. 6359or by contacting a regional office during normal business hours. The application period is open through Jan. 15, 2009.

Online applications must be submitted on or before Jan. 15, 2009, to be eligible for the computer drawings. Selected applicants must pay a $10 processing fee. Applicants under 16 must have a hunter education card. The AGFC will be sending out draw notifications by email for applicants who list an email address when applying online. All drawn applicants (whether they list an email address or not) will also be mailed a notification to the address listed on the application. Applicants can go to the Web site and type in their applicant ID number (either driver’s license, Social Security or hunter education number) and date of birth to view the information.

Quota permit hunts are planned on Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA, Camp Robinson and Bell Slough WMA, Choctaw Island WMA, Cut-Off Creek WMA, Dr Lester Sitzes Bois d’Arc WMA, Gulf Mountain WMA, HE Alexander Spring River WMA, Holland Bottoms WMA, Lafayette County WMA, McIlroy Madison County WMA, Mike Freeze Wattensaw WMA, Moro Big Pine Natural Area WMA, Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA and Cache River NWR, Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA, Sulphur River WMA, and Sylamore WMA. Permit hunts will also be available on Felsenthal, Pond Creek and Holla Bend national wildlife refuges.

Several WMAs in Arkansas will hold youth turkey hunts, and they include Bayou Meto WMA, Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA, Big Lake WMA, Choctaw Island WMA, Cut-Off Creek WMA, Gulf Mountain WMA, Harold Alexander Spring RiverWMA, Holland Bottoms WMA, Lafayette County WMA, McIlroy Madison County WMA, Mike Freeze Wattensaw WMA, Moro Big Pine Natural Area WMA, Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA and Cach River NWR, Rick Evans Grandview Prairie and Hope Upland WMA, Sulphur River WMA, Trusten Holder WMA, U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA, WE Brewer Scatter Creek WMA and Wedington WMA..

Youth and quota permit hunts for Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA are separate from the permit hunts on Felsenthal NWR. To apply for a Felsenthal NWR or Pond Creek NWR spring turkey permit, contact the Felsenthal NWR at (870) 364-3167 or www.fws.gov/felsenthal. To apply for a Holla Bend NWR spring turkey permit, contact Holla Bend NWR at (479) 229-4300 or www.fws.gov/southeast/hollabend.

The spring 2009 turkey season will begin with the youth hunt on March 28 to 29 for zone 17 and April 4 to 5 for the rest of the state. A hunter education card is not required for the general youth hunt, only the permit youth hunt. Youths without a hunter education card during the general youth hunt must be under direct supervision of a holder of a valid hunting license at least 21 years of age.

The rest of the season will be April 11 to May 1 in zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9 and 10; April 11 to 24 in zones 4, 4A, 5A and 9A and April 4 to 25 in zone 17. Zone 1A is closed.

The bag limit for the spring season will be two legal turkeys in all zones. Hunters will not be able to harvest more than one legal turkey per day and no more than one jake. Hunters will also be limited to two turkeys per season. There is a one legal turkey limit for both the youth and quota permit hunts. Turkeys taken during a youth or quota permit hunt count as part of the season bag limit.