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2021-2022 Arkansas Hunting Season

The 2021-2022 Arkansas Hunting Season dates are set. The season dates and bag limits are subject to change at any time based on harvest results. For more information on the 2021-2022 Arkansas hunting season, regulations, or licensing, click here. For a printable list, click here.

The 2021-2022 Arkansas Hunting Season dates are set. Get ready for hunting season at Farmer's Coop. Stop by for wildlife feed,& attractants.2021-22 Hunting, Trapping Season Dates Summary

Deer

Archery
Statewide: Sept. 25-Feb. 28

Muzzleloader
Deer zones 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11: Oct. 16-24 and Dec. 11-13
Deer zones 4A, 5A, 14, and 15: Oct. 16-24 and Dec. 18-20
Deer zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A, and 17: Oct. 16-24
Deer zones 4 and 5: closed

Modern gun
Deer zones 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11: Nov. 13-Dec. 5
Deer zones 4 and 5: Nov. 13-21
Deer zones 4A, 5A, 14, and 15: Nov. 13-Dec. 12
Deer zones 9, 12, and 13: Nov. 13-Dec. 19
Deer zones 16, 16A, and 17: Nov. 13-Dec. 25

Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt
Statewide (excluding WMAs that are closed during modern
gun deer season): Dec. 26-28

Special modern gun youth deer hunt
All zones (excludes certain WMAs where a modern gun or
muzzleloader permit is required to hunt): Nov. 6-7 and
Jan. 1-2

Private land antlerless-only modern gun deer hunt
Deer zones statewide: Dec. 29-31

Bear

Archery
Bear zones 1 and 2: Sept. 25-Nov. 30
Bear zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7: closed

Muzzleloader
Bear zones 1 and 2: Oct. 16-24
Bear zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7: closed

Modern gun
Bear zones 1 and 2: Nov. 13-30 (Zone 1 closes earlier if quota is
reached)
Bear zone 5: Nov. 27-Dec. 5 (closes earlier if quota is reached)
Bear zone 5A: Nov. 20-Dec. 5 (closes earlier if quota is reached)
Bear zones 3, 4, 6 and 7: closed

Special modern gun youth bear hunt
Bear zones 1 and 2 (does not include WMAs
requiring a deer permit to harvest a bear): Nov. 6-7
Bear zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7: closed

Elk

Core Elk Management Zone (all private and public lands within
Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties)

Public Land
Elk zones 1, 2, 3, and 4: Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 25-29 (Permit required)
Youth Hunts: Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 23-24 (Permit required)

Private Land
Private Land Core Elk Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and
Searcy counties; excludes Boxley Valley): Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 25-29
(Permit required)
Youth Hunt: Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 23-24 (Permit required)
Elk found outside of the Core Elk Management Zone may be taken
during deer season with weapon legal for that season.
Elk Permit Application Period – May 1-June 1

Quail

Statewide: Nov. 1-Feb. 6

Rabbit

Statewide: Sept. 1-Feb. 28

Squirrel

Statewide: May 15-Feb. 28

Crow

Statewide: Sept. 2-Feb. 20. (Thursday-Monday hunting only)

Furbearers

Furbearer trapping (other than coyote, beaver, nutria):
sunrise, Nov. 13-sunset, Feb. 28
Coyote trapping: sunrise, Aug. 1-sunset, March 31
Beaver, nutria trapping: sunrise, Nov. 13-sunset, March 31
Gray fox, mink, muskrat, red fox hunting:
sunrise, Sept.1-sunset, Feb. 28
Raccoon, opossum, striped skunk day or night hunting:
Jan. 1-Dec. 31
Bobcat hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1- sunset, Feb. 28 and during turkey
season.
Coyote day hunting: Jan. 1- Dec. 31
River otter hunting: sunrise, Nov. 13-sunset, Feb. 28
Nutria, beaver hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1-sunset, March

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