LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – This is the season for applying for or buying permits for next fall's hunting. Here is a run-down of what's going on with the Arkansas Game and Fish
Public land elk hunting: Too late. The application period ended June 1. Drawings for permits will be Saturday, June 23, at the Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper in which you do not have to be present. There will be three onsite drawings that you can sign up for at the festival, but you must be present to be drawn.
Private land elk applications are open through July 15. Landowners only can be mailed applications by contacting Wes Wright, AGFC elk coordinator, at 870-446-6180 or the AGFC Wildlife Management Division in Little Rock, 501-223-6440.
Deer permit applications are open the month of June, ending July 1. The application process will be the same as last year. Hunters can apply online only. If they do not have a computer, they may go to their local library and use the computers provided, go to one of the AGFC regional offices or contact the Wildlife Division, 501-223-6440. If they do not have an e-mail address, they will use the AGFC e-mail that is on the application. Those using the AGFC e-mail address will receive notifications by mail, and those who have an e-mail address will receive notifications by e-mail only.
Urban deer registration also is the month of June and ends July 1. It is online only. Hunters can go to agfc.com and click on Deer Hunting under the hunting tab, then click on Urban Archery Deer Hunt Permits.
Alligator applications can be submitted online June 11-25 by Arkansas residents 16 or older.
There will be banners at the top of the AGFC website that will help hunters navigate to their desired page or permit they want to apply for. Also, there will be frequent posts on the agency's Facebook page.