Comment on 2016-17 Hunting Regulations

Comment on 2016-17 Hunting Regulations

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking the public to provide feedback on the state's wildlife regulations. Any comments or concerns can be provided by going to the Regulation Survey to take a quick online survey.

The following considerations are being surveyed for the 2016-17 season:

Eliminate the use of or possession of all deer scents/lures that contain natural deer urine or other deer body fluids effective July 2017.

Implement private lands antlerless only modern gun deer hunt for deer zones 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 5B, 7 and 11.

Extend archery deer season to the end of February on Dave Donaldson Black River, Earl Buss Bayou DeView, Freddie Black Choctaw Island East Unit, Robert L. Hankins Mud Creek, St. Francis Sunken Lands, Shirey Bay Rainey Brake and Wedington WMAs.

Increase deer bag limit from two deer (no more than one buck) to three deer (no more than one buck), and allow a doe to be taken with modern gun the first two days of modern gun deer season on White Rock WMA.

Add the modern gun Christmas deer hunt on Loafer's Glory WMA.

Add a youth modern gun permit deer at Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA.

Eliminate the doe permit requirement, and allow a doe to be harvested during muzzleloader season on Caney Creek and Muddy Creek WMAs.

Add youth modern gun deer permit hunt for Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA.

Extend spring turkey season to 21 days, opening on the third Saturday in April annually.

Open turkey zone 1A to turkey hunting.

Reduce duck disturbance by eliminating afternoon boating access on Dave Donaldson Black River WMA except within Black River and Little River.

Open quail season on Rick Evans Grandview Prairie and Robert L. Hankins Mud Creek WMAs.

Allow rabbit hunting all day and every day during duck season on Harris Brake WMA.

Public comments will be accepted via online survey at until midnight, April 19. Written comments may be mailed by April 15 to: AGFC, Attn: Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.