Closed Deer Zones Re-Open

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Good news for deer hunters in northeast Arkansas. Water levels on area waterways have receded to a level that will allow the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to re-open deer season in that area of the state. AGFC director Hugh Durham signed a proclamation today opening the two zones immediately.

Deer zone 4 and the remainder of deer zone 9 that were previously closed are again open to hunters for the remainder of the season. Deer zone 9 will reopen for muzzleloaders through Jan. 6. Deer hunters in both zone 4 and 9 will also be allowed to bow hunt through Feb. 28.

Flood prone areas A, B, C and D in deer zone 9 are still closed and will remain closed until river gauges in those areas recede to acceptable levels as outlined in the AGFC’s hunting regulations. Hunters must use information provided by the National Weather Service to the state’s newspapers before hunting the flood prone areas. River gauges published in the newspapers will determine whether a flood prone area is open or closed.

For descriptions and illustrations of these zones, consult the 2001-2002 Arkansas Hunting Regulations available at license dealers across the state or on-line at