JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Wildlife Management Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission presented proposal for changes to hunting regulations for the upcoming season at Thursday's monthly commission meeting.
A final vote on the regulations for the 2016-17 season will be May 19.
This is the first time migratory bird regulations will be set at the same time as the rest of Arkansas's hunting regulations.
"In the past, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set frameworks for early and late migratory bird seasons later in the year than our general hunting regulations proposals," Luke Naylor, waterfowl program coordinator for the AGFC, said. "They've changed that process to combine early and late migratory birds and moved up the schedule. It lets us get the word out about waterfowl regulations with the rest of our hunting regulations, so this is the time to speak up if you're a duck or goose hunter."
Several of the proposals for general regulations have already been circulating for public comment through the AGFC's online survey system.
The survey will be adjusted though because of the addition of a few new waterfowl regulations.
People who have already completed the first survey can either take the entire new survey or just respond to the additional waterfowl section.
"We want to make sure all hunters are aware of these proposals and have time to comment on them," Commissioner Steve Cook, chairman of the AGFC Regulations Committee, said.
Commissioners added two proposals to the comment forms. One is a ban on stimulated wing-movement decoys for all Commission-owned wildlife management areas and the other is a restriction for hunters to be off all water inundated areas or water courses on wildlife management areas by noon each day of duck season.
Visit www.agfc.com to view the regulations proposals and make comments.
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