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AGFC sets 2018-19 hunting seasons

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LITTLE ROCK (KAIT/AGFC) – Commissioners unanimously approved a group of regulations today, effectively setting the season dates and bag limits for the 2018-19 hunting season for all species.

The 2018-2019 Arkansas Season Dates are:

Deer

Archery:
Zones 1,1A, 2 3, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17 - Sept. 22, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019.

Muzzleloader:
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11 - Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 8-10, 2018.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14, and 15 - Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 15-17, 2018.
Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17 - Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 29-31, 2018.

Modern Gun:
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11 - Nov. 10-Dec. 2 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zone 4 - Nov. 10-11 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zone 5 - Nov. 10-11, Nov. 17-18 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15 - Nov. 10-Dec. 9 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 10-18 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zones 9, 12 and 13 - Nov. 10-Dec. 16 and Dec. 26-28, 2018.
Zones 16, 16A and 17 - Nov. 10-Dec. 28, 2018.

Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt:
Statewide on all private land - Oct. 13-17, 2018.

Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt:
Statewide - Nov. 3-4, 2018 and Jan. 5-6, 2019

Waterfowl

Early Teal Season:
Statewide - Sept. 15-30, 2018.

Early Canada Goose:
Statewide Sept. 1-30, 2018.

Duck, Coot and Merganser:
Nov. 17-25, Dec. 6-23 and Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 27, 2019

Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue and Ross’s Goose:
Oct. 27-29, Nov. 17-30, Dec. 2, 2018-Jan. 27, 2019.

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt:
Dec. 1, 2018 and Feb. 2, 2019

Bear

Archery:
Zones 1 and 2 - Sept. 22-Nov. 30, 2018.
Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7 - closed

Muzzleloader:
Zones 1 and 2 - Oct. 20-28, 2018
Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7 - closed

Modern Gun:
Zones 1 and 2 - Nov. 10-30, 2018
Zone 5 - Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2018
Zone 5A - Nov. 17-Dec. 2, 2018
Zones 3, 4, 6 and 7 - closed

Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt:
Zones 1 and 2 - Nov. 3-4, 2018
Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7 - closed.

Mourning, White-Winged and Eurasian Collared Dove

Statewide - Sept. 1-Oct. 28 and Dec. 8, 2018-Jan. 15, 2019.

Wild Turkey

Zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17 - April 8-23, 2019
Zones 1A, 4, 4A, 5A and 9A - April 8-16, 2019

Special Youth Turkey Hunt:

Statewide (except WMAs): April 6-7, 2019

In addition to season dates, many regulations were changed to offer more access and opportunity to hunters for 2018-19. Air rifles are now legal to hunt deer during modern gun deer season, as long as they fire a single, expandable projectile .40-caliber or larger, are powered by an external pump or tank and produce at least 400 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.

“We have really worked hard to simplify and liberalize regulations as we can to make hunting less intimidating and allow people to focus on what’s important when they’re out in the woods,” said AGFC Director Pat Fitts.

Waterfowl hunters on wildlife management areas again will have an extra hour after shooting time ends at noon to be off inundated waters, in response to massive public support. Also the daily bag limits for all WMAs will match the statewide bag limit of six ducks.

Many changes also have liberalized seasons or limits on individual WMAs ducing deer season, and the process to apply for a private land elk permit has been simplified to run through the same online system as other drawn permits. The alligator hunt tagging and checking process also saw some major streamlining, and Alligator Zone 3, comprising south-central Arkansas, will be opened for the first time this year.  A complete list of changes and justifications for those changes is available at https://www.agfc.com/en/resources/regulations/code.

Andy Goodman, chief legislative aide for Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office, read a proclamation signed by Hutchinson declaring the time period from noon, June 8 until midnight June 10 as Free Fishing Weekend in Arkansas. During this time, all license and permit requirements to fish in the state are lifted, allowing anyone to get out and enjoy fishing without the purchase of a license or trout permit. All other fishing regulations, including bag limits and size requirements for certain bodies of water are still in effect during Free Fishing Weekend. Information on fishing regulations are available in a current Arkansas Fishing Guidebook.

In other business, the Commission:

·       Signed a memorandum of agreement with the Arkansas Department of Transportation to bring 640 acres of ARDOT wetland mitigation property into              the AGFC’s system of wildlife management areas to open access to public hunting.

·       Accepted a land donation of 7 acres of waterfront property upstream from Rim Shoals from Hugh McClain of Mountain Home.

·       Approved the purchase of 0.68 acres near Winkley Shoals on the Little Red River for a future public fishing access.

·       Approved the removal of outdated and obsolete inventory with an original cost of $575,940 and a current net book value of $52,966.

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