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Commission sets hunting seasons in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today formally approved regulation changes as part of the 2010-11 hunting season-setting process. One change would allow hunters, 65 and older, to participate in the January portion of the statewide youth season.
The 2008-09 season was the first season that hunters 65 and over were allowed to harvest a deer when accompanying a youth hunter during the November youth season. After examining the harvest data, less than 5 percent of the harvest during the two-day youth season was attributed to 65+ hunters. The move will simplify deer hunting regulations, while providing additional hunting opportunities without negatively affecting the resource.

Archery – All zones:  Oct. 1 to Feb. 28

Modern Gun - Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11:  Nov. 13-Dec. 5. 
Zone 4:  Nov. 13-14. 
Zone 5:  Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15:  Nov. 13-Dec. 12.
Zones 4B and 5B:  Nov. 13-21.
Zones 9, 12 and 13:  Nov. 13-Dec. 19.
Zone 16, 16A and 17:  Nov. 13-Dec. 24. 

Muzzleloader – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15:  Oct.16-24 and Dec. 18-20. 
Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 16-24 and Dec. 29-31.
Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B:  Closed.

The statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is proposed for Dec. 26-28 with two special youth modern gun deer hunts proposed. The first would be Nov. 6-7 with the second Jan. 1-2, 2011.

In other business, the commission:

  • Approved a budget increase of $100,000 in Marine Fuel Tax funds for repair of one mile of the Hunger Run Access Road at Lake Monticello. The trophy bass fishery is a popular spot for largemouth anglers. The City of Monticello is providing an additional $400,000 toward the total project cost of $500,000.
  • Approved a budget increase to fund eight additional waterfowl projects on Petit Jean River and Ed Gordon Point Remove WMAs.
  • Approved a budget increase of $39,417 to be used in the development of a shooting sports range at Batesville. The City of Batesville and Independence County are partners in the project.
More Information2010-11 Season Summary
2010-11 Hunting Proposals