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

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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.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay. Unclaimed permits were put into a second round of drawings, and again, some hunters who drew permits did not pay for them.

Permits are available only at the offices listed below, and no phone or internet sales or reservations will be made. Each person may purchase a permit for themselves and up to three friends, but they must have a name, date of birth, and a driver’s license number or Social Security number for each person. Purchased permits are nontransferable. Hunters who have already drawn and paid for a permit may still purchase leftover permits.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Hmmmm... it makes one


Hmmmm... it makes one wonder why so many tags were leftover.  Hopefully the Arkansas DNR is asking themselves the same question and getting out there to find the answer.  Not good if only half of the previous numbers of hunters applied for tags and creating double the previous years' leftover amount.

The great thing is the ability for a hunter to get into some of the coveted areas that may have been eliminated quickly in the past.

This is a large revenue stream I am certain for Arkansas.  I would think better knowledge and understanding will occur after the season ends but that leaves the possiblity of a great amount of unfilled tags, less revenue, and more deer left in the wild making for crowding problems in the near future.

I hope Arkansas figures this one out fast and sells those leftover tags.