LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – If you are looking for a place to hunt deer next fall, opportunities abound at the many wildlife management areas across the state. These lands are owned or managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Some WMAs offer outstanding hunting, among the best in the United States. To prevent overcrowding on the most popular WMAs, the AGFC limits hunting through a permit draw system. Lowering hunter numbers not only regulates harvest, it offers a better hunting experience for the hunters who draw the tags, according to AGFC's Wildlife Management Division.
Applications are available online June 1-July 1. Each hunter may submit one application for each type of permit hunt: youth hunt, archery, muzzleloader and modern gun. Hunters who are not able to apply online may visit any AGFC regional office to apply in person.
Youth hunters must be at least 6 years old, but no older than 15, the day the hunt begins.
The first random drawing for permits will be held July 6, and notifications will be sent by email soon after. Successful applicants will have until July 20 to pay for their permit. All unclaimed permits will go into a second random drawing August 10 with email notifications soon after. The deadline for payment after the second drawing is August 24. Any unclaimed permits after that will be available in an online sale scheduled for September 7.
Call 501-223-6440 or 501-223-6359 for more information on AGFC permit hunts.