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2023-2024 Arkansas Hunting Season Dates

Elk Season

Core Elk Management Zone

All public and private lands in the counties of Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Searcy

  • Legal guns allow you to shoot elk outside the Core Elk Management Zone during the deer hunting season.
  • Applications for Elk Hunting Permits are Accepted Now (May 1-June 1).

Bear Season

Bear Bag Limits

Note: To verify the harvest count, hunters must phone 833-345-0398 the evening before the hunt.

Hogs Season

Alligator

Small Game Season

Squirrel Season

Rabbit Season

Quail Season

Turkey Season

Furbearer Hunting Season

Furbearer Trapping Season Dates

Migratory Bird Season

Before being permitted to shoot ducks, geese, doves, coots, woodcocks, snipe, rail, or gallinules in Arkansas, people who are 16 years of age or higher and desire to acquire a hunting pass from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission must register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). The HIP register is meant to allow the Commission to oversee and control these species’ shootings and ensure that morally and sustainably responsible hunting methods are used.

It is a requirement for obtaining a hunting license that you register for HIP. You can do this in person at any Commission location or www.agfc.com website. By encouraging ethical shooting methods that don’t damage the birds’ population, this rule aims to protect these species for future years. The Commission can sustain healthy populations of these species for leisure and biological reasons by tracing and watching shooting activities.

Early Migratory Bird Seasons

Dove Season

Crow Season

Waterfowl Season

Teal Season
Ducks, Coots & Merganser Season
Youth Waterfowl Season
Military and Veteran Hunt
Goose Season

Arkansas has two geese hunting seasons: normal and light goose conservation order. From November through January, Canada, snow, and Ross’s geese may be hunted everyday. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese have no bag or possession limitations under the light goose conservation order from February to April.

Canada Goose Season
White-fronted Goose Season
Snow, Blue and Ross’s Goose
Light Goose Conservation Order
Arkansas Hunting Season Schedule and Dates Timeline

Migratory Bird Regulations

  • Hunting for teal is permissible all day, but shooting for other species is only allowed an hour before sunrise until dusk.
  • Due to marshy areas, waterfowl shooting is prohibited in some Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The Dave Donaldson Black River and George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMAs have a noon departure time, while all other duck shooting areas have a 1:00 p.m. departure time.
  • Between November 1 and February 15, visitors are not permitted in designated regions of bird roosting places.
  • Ducks are restricted to six per day and 18 per week.
  • The daily weight limit for coots is 15, with a maximum of three times that amount permitted in custody at any given time.
  • Mergansers can be kept in captivity for up to three times as long as they are given up to five times daily.
  • For some species, bag and ownership restrictions have been implemented to guarantee ethical shooting methods and long-term population protection.

 

*** According to the laws, only those 15 years of age or younger, veterans, and current military people are permitted to shoot ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers. A guide of at least 21 must accompany anyone under 18 who has yet to finish a hunting education training. Supervisors cannot remove the called-in animals, including ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers.

These animals have the same firing opportunity and weight restrictions as the regular hunting season. Hunting is permitted on WMAs from 30 minutes before dawn until sundown. All shooters should take the time to become acquainted with these guidelines before going shooting because they must be aware of them. These laws have been created to ensure healthy and moral shooting practises and safeguard these species for future years.

Note: Please visit www.reportband.gov if you kill a migrating bird that has been banded.

 

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