Duck hunters gear up for 2018 season

Duck hunters gear up for 2018 season
Arkansas Game and Fish hunting rules (Source: KAIT-TV)

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -Hunters in Arkansas will be hitting the fields come Saturday morning as opening season kicks off for waterfowl.

Farmers are just now finishing up this year’s crop and will be pumping their fields full of water for all hunters in northeast Arkansas.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently passed a law for non-residents this season.

Duck decoys (Source: KAIT-TV)
Duck decoys (Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)

Out of state hunters are only allowed 30 of the 60 days this season.

This regulation is only for public land, out-of-state hunters can still hunt the full 60 days if they are on private ground.

Jeremy Cooper lives in North Carolina and has been hunting and guiding in Waldenburg for 11 years now.

With this new law in place, Cooper is eager to see how this year’s outcome will be for both residents and non-residents in Arkansas.

“To me it’s a wash one way or another," Cooper said. “As a non-resident, it doesn’t effect me as much because I hunt private ground. Now non-residents that hunt public ground, then, yes, it’s going to affect them than years prior, but at the same time should help the residents in Arkansas not be as crowded.”

That law for non-residents went into effect back in September.

Opening morning is this Saturday, Nov. 17.

Good luck to all hunters in Region 8 on this year’s duck season.

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