Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Aproves Regulation Changes, Hunting Dates

by The Associated Press  on Friday, Apr. 22, 2011 8:47 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has formally approved regulation changes as part of the 2011-12 hunting season-setting process.

Commissioners approved a major change that increases the statewide deer bag limit from five to six deer with no more than two bucks.

Another change eliminates the use of preference points for 2013-14 deer hunting permits. Officials say instead, a random drawing will be used to select applicants for deer permit hunts.

Commission Wildlife Chief David Goad says waiting two years will allow hunters who have preference points to utilize those points. Goad says in the interim, no hunters will accrue new preference points.

On the state's public lands, deer hunters must display blaze orange or chartreuse on all sides of the exterior of a portable, pop-up type blind.

Here are the season dates for the 2011-12 deer hunting season:

Archery
All zones: Oct. 1-Feb. 29

Modern Gun
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11: Nov. 12-Dec. 4.
Zone 4: Nov. 12-13.
Zone 5: Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15: Nov. 12-Dec. 11.
Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 12-20.
Zones 9, 12 and 13: Nov. 12-Dec. 18.
Zone 16, 16A and 17: Nov. 12-Dec. 25.

Doe-only modern gun deer hunt:
Zones 6A, 8A, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 7, 8 and 11: Closed.

Muzzleloader
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15: Oct. 22-30 and Dec. 17-19.
Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 22-30 and Dec. 29-31.
Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed.

The statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is set for Dec. 26-28 with two special youth modern gun deer hunts. The first will be Nov. 5-6 with the second Jan. 7-8, 2012.

 

 

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