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Commission sets 2012-13 deer hunting seasons in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The upcoming deer hunting seasons for the state have been set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The seasons were approved at last week's meeting of the Commission.

Season dates for the 2012-13 deer hunting season:

Archery – All zones: Sept. 15-Feb. 28, 2013.

Modern Gun – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11: Nov. 10-Dec. 2.  

Zone 4: Nov. 10-11.  

Zone 5: Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18.

Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15: Nov. 10-Dec. 9.

Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 10-18.

Zones 9, 12 and 13: Nov. 10-Dec. 16.

Zones 16, 16A and 17: Nov. 10-Dec. 25.  

Muzzleloader – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 15-17. Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 29-31.

Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed.

The statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is Dec. 26-28. Two special youth modern gun deer hunts will be held. The first is Nov. 3-4 and the second Jan. 5-6, 2013. An antlerless only modern gun deer hunt would be held in zones 1, 1A, 2, 6, 6A, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17 Oct. 13-17.

A modification to Flood Prone Zone F was approved as well. The opening and closing of the zone has been based on the level of the White River at St. Charles and the Arkansas River at Lock and Dam 1. The change eliminated the use of the St. Charles gauge and incorporates the Graham Burke Outlet gauge. The closing reading would be 150 msl and the opening reading would be 148 msl. The Lock and Dam 1 closing remains at 145 msl and opening at 143 msl.

Deer season opening dates for the 2013 seasons were set as well. Archery will open on Sept. 28, 2013; muzzleloader season will open Oct. 19, 2013 and modern gun season will open Nov. 9, 2013.

To see a summary of the 2012-13 hunting regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Pages/EnforcementRegulations.aspx.

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