Arkansas Hunting News

Arkansas GFC Exploring Antler Restriction Changes

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Wildlife Management Division is exploring antler restriction changes for several wildlife management areas and three deer zones. These antler restriction proposals are directly tied to habitat quality and harvest objectives.

Wildlife management division personnel have selected 16 WMAs scattered across the state that have excellent deer management potential. They will be managed as areas where hunters can go and have a good chance of taking a really nice deer.

Arkansas GFC Signs Historic Minimum Flow Document

After working toward a solution for more than 13 years, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today approved the final piece of an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure a steady flow of water below Bull Shoals Dam on the White River.

Arkansas Flood Zones Reopen for Christmas Deer Hunts

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Loren Hitchcock has authorized opening the state’s private land flood prone zones in advance of the upcoming modern gun, muzzleloader and youth deer hunts. Last week, commissioners gave the director of the AGFC the authority to open any closed flood prone region based on the recommendation of the chief of the wildlife management division.

Several areas around the state have been closed to deer hunting due to high water. Reopening the zones will give hunters more opportunity to help control Arkansas's growing deer herd.

Emergency Road Closure at Arkansas Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission closed the main gate at Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA because of flooding and unsafe conditions on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Staff from the AGFC's Brinkley Regional Office have been monitoring the flood levels and roads closely, and decided the road had become too unsafe for travel.

Arkansas GFC Tours Elk Country During Monthly Meeting

In the heart of elk country, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission toured several projects designed to benefit not only Arkansas’s elk herd, but numerous species of wildlife. The Commission was in Harrison this week for its monthly meeting.

The Commission observed elk in Newton County’s Boxley Valley and habitat projects in the recently-purchased parcel in Richland Valley. Numerous bull elk put on a show for commissioners by bugling and herding cows in the picturesque Buffalo River country of north Arkansas.

Record Number of Deer Hunting Permits Available Oct. 11 in Arkansas

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

Conservative Turkey Season Again Proposed by Arkansas GFC

Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today proposed continuing the conservative turkey season structure, which has been in place since 2007. If approved at the October meeting, the season would be 18 days for most of the state with an additional two-day youth hunt.

The proposed season would begin April 14, 2012, and continue through May 1, 2012, in zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17. In zones 4, 4A, 5A and 9A, it would run April 14-24, 2012. Zone 1A would remain closed. A youth hunt is proposed for April 7-8, 2012, in all open zones.

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.

Arkansas Residents Retired From Military Can Get Lifetime Licenses

Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation that allows retirees of the U.S. armed forces 60 and older to buy the Lifetime Combination (hunting and fishing) License from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for a one-time fee of $35.50.

House Bill 1477, sponsored by Rep. Randy Stewart of Kirby, Rep. John Catlett of Rover and Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono, adds language to "An Act Concerning Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Military Retirees and for Other Purposes."

Arkansas Black Bear Hunters Harvest Second Highest Total

They didn't beat last year's record, but bear hunters still harvested the second-highest total in the state's history. More than 450 bears were harvested during the 2010-11 season. During the 2009-10 season, hunters harvested a record 530 bears.

The harvest totals were presented to commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission during its monthly meeting.