Furbearer Hunting and Foxpen Regulations 

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Furbearer Hunting Regulations

  • Unless otherwise specified, furbearers may be taken with archery equipment, firearms no larger than .22 caliber rimfire or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.
  • Foxes, Bobcats and Coyotes may be taken during daylight hours with firearms of any caliber. Bobcats and Coyotes also may be taken during any open deer, bear or spring turkey season with weapons legal for that season.
  • Bobcats, opossums and raccoons may be taken at night only when treed by dogs and only with firearms no larger than .22 caliber rimfire and shotguns with shot no larger than T shot. 

Licenses Needed to Hunt Furbearers

  • Furbearer hunters and trappers 16 and older must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.

Foxpens

  • No permit is required to operate a fenced facility where fox and coyote are chased for pleasure. However, if any other wildlife are hunted within the fenced area, the operator must obtain an AGFC-issued Wildlife Hunting Resort Permit.
  • When chasing wildlife for pleasure, hunters may not possess any killing device except:
    • If a hunting season is open, the weapon legal for the season may be possessed. 
    • Concealed-carry firearms may be possessed by certified concealed-carry permit holders.
  • Live foxes and coyotes that are legally trapped alive in Arkansas may be sold to foxpen operators by those holding Commission Live Fox and Coyote permits.  These permits can be obtained from the Commission Licensing Division in Little Rock, 800-364-4263.
  • A Commission Wildlife Importation Permit is necessary to bring any wildlife, including fox and coyote, into Arkansas.
  • It is illegal for those with Commission Wildlife Importation Permits or anyone else to bring live coyotes into Arkansas that originate from or have lived in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming or Canada.
  • It is illegal for those with Commission Wildlife Importation Permits or anyone else to bring live foxes into Arkansas that originate from or have lived in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming or Canada.

Buying and Selling Furs

Not only do furbearer hunters and trappers enjoy the thrill of the hunt and some decent meals, they also can make a few extra dollars selling the furs if they take the time to preserve them properly.
Click here to learn how and where to sell your harvested furs