August 17, 2006 -- Posted at 6:08 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- Arkansas is known as the "Duck Hunting Capital of the World" and while duck season is still a few months away...hunters are already getting ready.
For the 10th consecutive year, Arkansas game hunters will get 60 days of waterfowl hunting. Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Thursday unanimously approved the liberal season along with a six duck bag limit for the 2006-2007 waterfowl season. A proposal presented last month to split the state into two zones was not adopted.
Duck hunters will be allowed no more than four mallards of which only one mallard may be a hen. The daily bag limit may also contain one pintail, three mottled ducks, two scaup, two wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck and one canvasback, but no more than a total of six ducks.
The waterfowl season will again be split into three segments. The first portion will open on Nov. 18 and continue through Dec. 18. Following a seven day Christmas break, the season will reopen on Dec. 26 and continue through Jan. 7. Duck season will reopen again on Jan. 13 and continue through Jan. 28, 2007. Canvasback season will be the same as the waterfowl season.
The youth waterfowl hunt is Dec. 23-24 with bag limits the same as the regular season.
The Commission also approved an increase in the minimum fine for non-resident hunters who do not have a non-resident license from $300 to $500. The minimum fine for a non-resident possessing a resident license would also be raised to $500.