(AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state’s deer hunting
seasons, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 9, archery
season opening Sept. 28, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 19. The
deer season dates are part of the 2013-2014 general hunting regulations
approved during the Commission’s monthly meeting.
Season dates for the 2013-14 deer hunting season:
Archery – All zones: Sept. 28-Feb. 28, 2014.
Modern Gun - Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11: Nov. 9-Dec. 1.
Zone 4: Nov. 9-10.
Zone 5: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15: Nov. 9-Dec. 8.
Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 9-17.
Zones 9, 12 and 13: Nov. 9-Dec. 15.
Zone 16, 16A and 17: Nov. 9-Dec. 25.
Muzzleloader – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16.
Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 29-31.
Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed.
statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is Dec. 26-28. Youth
modern gun deer hunts will be held Nov. 2-3 and Jan. 4-5, 2014. A
private land antlerless-only modern gun deer hunt in zones 1, 1A, 2, 3,
6, 6A, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17 will be held Oct.
Commission also approved a pair of changes to bear hunting regulations
for Bear Zone 2, moving the zone’s archery bear season opening day to
Oct. 1 and reinstating a 150-bear quota for the zone.
The 2013 elk
hunting season will take place in two segments, Oct. 7-11 and Oct.
28-Nov. 1. The first segment of elk season previously has been held in
Commission also set deer season opening dates for 2014. Archery season
will open Sept. 27, 2014; muzzleloader season will open Oct. 18, 2014,
and modern gun season will open Nov. 8, 2014.
In other business, the Commission:
strategic plan for the agency that outlines the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission’s mission, vision and goals, and articulates the Commission’s
the 2012-2013 deer harvest. AGFC Deer Program Coordinator Cory Gray told
Commissioners that hunters checked a record 213,487 deer, an increase
of 11 percent from the 2011-2012 deer season.
*Approved a $40,000 budget transfer to help in the development of the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area in Benton County.
*Approved a $96,519 budget increase for an Enforcement Education trailer.
$64,000 budget increase from surplus Recreational Boating funds to
purchase patrol boats for the Enforcement Division.
clarification of fishing regulations related to trout fishing and
commercial turtle harvest restrictions. Language regarding trout waters
was inadvertently deleted from previously adopted trout permit
requirements, and portions of Randolph County were added to regulations
governing turtle harvest.
the adoption of the Arkansas Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan. The National
Invasive Species Act of 2006 requires all states to have an aquatic
nuisance species plan. Arkansas’s plan has been developed by a task
force representing state and federal resource management agencies,
nongovernmental organizations, private aquaculture interests, civic
groups and private individuals.
AGFC Director Mike Knoedl to employ third-party contractors with
expertise in oil spill remediation to assist the AGFC in the wake of the
Mayflower oil spill.