Season Dates and Bag Limits | All 

collapse Alligator 
Species:Alligator
Zones: 2; 4; 5
Opens: Closed
Zones: 1; 3
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Limits:
2016 Season Dates
Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26
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  • Alligator hunting is by drawn permit only.
  • Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long.
  • Successful applicants must attend a mandatory hunter orientation.
  • Alligators must be snared or harpooned and subdued using a hand-held snare or harpoon with a hand-held restraining line before dispatching.
  • Once subdued, an alligator must be dispatched using only a shotgun or shotgun shell-loaded bangstick using shot no larger than no. 4 common shot.
  • Alligators must be tagged with a Temporary Alligator Possession Tag immediately and transported to an official check station within 12 hours of harvest.
  • Click here for more information and to apply for an alligator permit.
collapse Bear 
Species:Bear
Zones: 1
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Limits:

2016 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Nov. 5-6
Modern Gun: Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 7-30

Statewide Bag Limit
One bear, either sex, statewide by any method.

Bear Quota
Bear zone 1 has a quota of 205 bears for September and October combined, and a total quota of 250 bears.
Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Nov. 30, whichever comes first.

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Bait, foodstuffs or the use of any kind of lure to attract bears are not allowed except on private lands in bear zones from 30 days before the first bear season in that zone until the season ends or the quota is reached.
Species:Bear
Zones: 2
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Limits:

2016 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Nov. 30
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Nov. 5-6
Modern Gun: Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 7-30

Statewide Bag Limit
One bear, either sex, statewide by any method.

Bear Quota
Bear zone 2 does not have a quota.

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Bait, foodstuffs or the use of any kind of lure to attract bears are not allowed except on private lands in bear zones from 30 days before the first bear season in that zone until the season ends or the quota is reached.
Species:Bear
Zones: 5
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Limits:

2016 Season Dates
Archery: Closed
Muzzleloader: Closed
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Closed
Modern Gun: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

Statewide Bag Limit
One bear, either sex, statewide by any method.

Bear Quota
Bear zone 5 has a quota of 10 bears.
Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Dec. 4, whichever comes first.

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Bait, foodstuffs or the use of any kind of lure to attract bears are not allowed except on private lands in bear zones from 30 days before the first bear season in that zone until the season ends or the quota is reached.
Species:Bear
Zones: 5A
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Limits:

2016 Season Dates
Archery: Closed
Muzzleloader: Closed
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Closed
Modern Gun: Nov. 19-Dec. 4

Statewide Bag Limit
One bear, either sex, statewide by any method.

Bear Quota
Bear zone 5A has a quota of 5 bears.
Hunters must call 800-440-1477 the evening before the hunt to check the harvest number. The season will end the morning after the quota is reached or Dec. 4, whichever comes first.

Species:Bear
Zones: 3; 4; 6; 7
Opens: Closed
Limits:

 

collapse Crow 
Species:Crow, American
Zones:Statewide
Opens:9/1/2015
Closes:2/21/2016
Limits:
No limit. (Thursday-Monday hunting only) 
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Crows may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open. Crows may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs, or shot larger than T shot. Crows may not be hunted over bait. Electronic callers allowed.
collapse Deer 
Species:Deer
Zones: 1
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 1.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested. 
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
Species:Deer
Zones: 1A
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery:
Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 1A.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 2
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 2.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
Species:Deer
Zones: 3
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
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Special Regulations

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 3.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
Species:Deer
Zones: 4
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-13 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • One doe with modern gun.
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Special Regulations

  • Modern guns are restricted to:
    • shotguns .410 or larger with slugs,
    • legal muzzleloading rifles, and
    • handguns with barrels 4 inches to 10 inches long, chambered specifically for straight-walled centerfire cartridges loaded with lead, lead alloy, soft nose and/or hollow point bullets .30 caliber or larger.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 4.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
Species:Deer
Zones: 4A
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 17-19
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 11 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded. 

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
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Special Regulations

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 4A.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 4B
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-20 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • One doe with modern gun.
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Special Regulations

  • Modern guns are restricted to:
    • shotguns .410 or larger with slugs,
    • legal muzzleloading rifles, and
    • handguns with barrels 4 inches to 10 inches long, chambered specifically for straight-walled centerfire cartridges loaded with lead, lead alloy, soft nose and/or hollow point bullets .30 caliber or larger.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 4B.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 5
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • One doe with modern gun.
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Special Regulations

  • Modern guns are restricted to:
    • shotguns .410 or larger with slugs,
    • legal muzzleloading rifles, and
    • handguns with barrels 4 inches to 10 inches long, chambered specifically for straight-walled centerfire cartridges loaded with lead, lead alloy, soft nose and/or hollow point bullets .30 caliber or larger.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 5.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 5A
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 17-19
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 11 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded. 

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
More:

Special Regulations

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 5A.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 5B
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Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 26-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-20 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Three deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Three does with archery;
  • One doe with modern gun.
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Special Regulations

  • Modern guns are restricted to:
    • shotguns .410 or larger with slugs,
    • legal muzzleloading rifles, and
    • handguns with barrels 4 inches to 10 inches long, chambered specifically for straight-walled centerfire cartridges loaded with lead, lead alloy, soft nose and/or hollow point bullets .30 caliber or larger.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 5B.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 6
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 6.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 6A
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 6A.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 7
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • One doe with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 7.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 8
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 8.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
Species:Deer
Zones: 8A
Opens:
Limits:
2016-17 Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

Statewide Bag Limit
Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Zone Bag Limit
Four deer, which may include:
  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
  • Four does with archery;
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

 

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Special Regulations

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 8A.
  • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
    • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 9
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 9.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 10
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 10.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 11
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 10-12
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 4 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Three deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Three does with archery;
    • One doe with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 4 in Deer Zone 11.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested. 
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 12
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Six deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Six does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 18 in Deer Zone 12.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested. 
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 13
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 18 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 18 in Deer Zone 13.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested. 
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 14
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 17-19
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 11 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

    More:

    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting No. 12-Dec. 11 in Deer Zone 14.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 15
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 17-19
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 11 and Dec. 26-28

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

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    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 11 in Deer Zone 15.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack to be legally harvested. 
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger.
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 16
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 25

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded. 

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

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    Special Regulations

    • No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Deer Zone 16.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck), have an inside antler spread of 15 inches or have one antler with a main beam of 18 inches to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 16A
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2016-17 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 25

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded. 

    Zone Bag Limit
    Four deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Four does with archery;
    • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

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    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 25 in Deer Zone 16A.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck), have an inside antler spread of 15 inches or have one antler with a main beam of 18 inches to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
    Species:Deer
    Zones: 17
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Season Dates
    Archery: Sept. 24-Feb. 28
    Muzzleloader: Oct. 15-23 and Dec. 29-31
    Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-Nov. 2
    Special youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Nov. 5-6 and Jan. 7-8
    Modern Gun: Nov. 12-Dec. 25

    Statewide Bag Limit
    Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded.

    Zone Bag Limit
    Six deer, which may include:
    • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun;
    • Six does with archery, muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

     

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    Special Regulations

    • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 25 in Deer Zone 17.
    • Bucks must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck), have an inside antler spread of 15 inches or have one antler with a main beam of 18 inches to be legally harvested.
      • Antler-point restrictions do not apply to hunters 15 and younger. 
    collapse Dove 
    Species:Dove, Mourning;Dove, Eurasian Collared
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Mourning and Eurasian Collared-Dove Season
    Sept. 5-Oct. 24, 2015
    Dec. 19, 2015-Jan. 7, 2016

    Mourning Dove Daily Bag Limit
    15
    Mourning Dove Possession Limit
    45
    Eurasian Collared-Dove Daily Bag Limit
    No limit
    Eurasian Collared-Dove Possession Limit
    No limit
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    collapse Early Migratory Birds 
    Species:Common Gallinule and Purple Gallinule
    Opens:9/1/2015
    Closes:11/9/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 15. Possession limit is 45 (combined).
    Species:Rail, Virginia and Sora
    Opens:9/12/2015
    Closes:11/20/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 25. Possession limit is 75 (combined).
     
    Species:Snipe, Common
    Opens:11/1/2015
    Closes:2/15/2016
    Limits:
    Daily Limit is 8. Possession Limit is 24.
    Species:Woodcock
    Opens:11/7/2015
    Closes:12/21/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 3. Possession limit is 9.
    collapse Elk 
    Species:Elk
    Zones: 1; 2; 3; 4
    Opens:10/3/2015
    Closes:10/9/2015
    More:
    Species:Elk
    Zones: 1; 2; 3; 4
    Opens:11/7/2015
    Closes:11/13/2015
    Limits:
    More:
    Species:Elk
    Zones:
    Opens:11/7/2015
    Closes:11/13/2015
    Limits:
    More:
    • Hunting by permit only. Click here for details.
    • November 7-8 youth only hunt. 
    • Elk Management Assistance Program (EMAP) private land zone (Bonne, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excludes Boxley Valley).
    • 2015 EMAP quota: 12 bull elk and 24 antlerless elk.
    • Either-sex permit holders must stop hunting between noon-2 p.m. each day and call the wildlife hotline (800-440-1477) after 2 p.m. each day of the open season to see if the bull quota was filled during the morning hunt.
    • Antlerless permit holders can hunt during legal hunting hours as long as the quota is still available at the beginning of the day.
    • All EMAP permit holders must call the wildlife hotline (800-440-1477) after 8 p.m. each night and listen for the correct numeric prompt for updates on elk harvest quota information.
    • The hunt will end the evening of November 13, 2015, or the evening that the 36 elk quota (12 bulls, 24 antlerless) is met; whichever comes first.
    collapse Frog 
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:4/15/2016 Noon
    Closes:12/31/2016 Midnight
    Limits:
    Daily limit (from noon to noon) of 18. Possession limit of 36.
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    Only bullfrogs may be taken. Bullfrogs may be taken using hands, hand nets, hook-and-line, gig, spear, or bow-and-arrow. A fishing license is required to take bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may not be sold. (Fish farmers may be exempted from these regulations).
    collapse Furbearer - Hunting 
    Species:Beaver;Muskrat;Nutria
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:9/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:3/31/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit. 
    More:
    • Dogs allowed.
    • Day hunting only.
    Species:Bobcat
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:9/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 2 per day. No possession limit.
    More:
    • Dogs allowed except when deer seasons for that deer zone prohibit the use of dogs.
    • Day and night hunting allowed.
    • Dogs required to hunt bobcats at night.
    • Bobcats may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.
    Species:Bobcat
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:4/18/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:4/26/2015 Sunset
    Limits:
    SEE NOTES REGARDING HUNT SEASON DATES

    Limit is 2 per day. Dogs not allowed.
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    • This segment of bobcat hunting season runs with open turkey seasons.
      • In turkey zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17, hunters may hunt bobcats April 20-May 5.
      • In turkey zones 4, 4A, 5A and 9A, hunters may hunt bobcats April 18-May 3.
    • During youth turkey hunts, youths may take bobcats.
    • Day hunting only.
    • Bobcats may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot. Bobcats may be taken during spring turkey season with hunting equipment legal for that season.
    Species:Coyote
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:7/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit. 
    More:
    • Dogs allowed except when deer seasons for that deer zone prohibit the use of dogs.
    • Day hunting only.
    • Coyote may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.
    Species:Coyote
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:4/18/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:4/26/2015 Sunset
    Limits:
    SEE NOTES REGARDING HUNTING SEASON DATES.
    No limit. Dogs not allowed.
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    • This segment of coyote hunting season runs with open turkey seasons.
      • In turkey zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17, hunters may hunt coyotes April 19-May 4.
      • In turkey zones 4, 4A, 5A and 9A, hunters may hunt coyotes April 18-May 3.
    • During youth turkey hunts, only youths may take coyotes.
    • Day hunting only
    • Coyote may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot. Coyotes may be taken during spring turkey season with hunting equipment legal for that season.
    Species:Fox, Gray;Fox, Red;Mink;Skunk, Striped
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:9/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 2 per day per species. No possession limit.
    Species:Opossum
    Opens:9/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 2 per day. No possession limit.
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    Dogs allowed.
    Day or night hunting; dogs are required for hunting at night.
    Species:Otter, River
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:11/8/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 2 per day. No possession limit.
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    Day hunting only.
    Species:Raccoon
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:7/1/2015 Sunset
    Closes:8/31/2015 Sunrise
    Limits:
    No limit.
    More:
    • Night hunting only.
    • Dogs required.
    Species:Raccoon
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:9/1/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:3/31/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit.
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    • Day and night hunting allowed. 
    • Dogs required for hunting at night.
    collapse Furbearer - Trapping 
    Species:Furbearer - Other than beaver, coyote, muskrat and nutria
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:11/7/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:2/29/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit.
    Species:Beaver;Muskrat;Nutria
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:11/7/2015 Sunrise
    Closes:3/31/2016 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit.
    Species:Coyote
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:8/1/2014 Sunrise
    Closes:3/31/2015 Sunset
    Limits:
    No limit.
    collapse Small Game 
    Species:Quail
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:11/1/2015
    Closes:2/7/2016
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 6. Possession limit is 12.
    More:
    While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit. This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.
    Species:Rabbit, Swamp;Rabbit, Eastern Cottontail
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:9/1/2015
    Closes:2/29/2016
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 8. Possession limit is 16.
    More:
    Rabbits may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open. Rabbits may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot. Up to eight box traps (with interior dimensions up to 8 inches wide and 10 inches tall) may be used.
    Species:Squirrel, gray;Squirrel, fox
    Zones:Statewide
    Opens:5/15/2016
    Closes:2/28/2017
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 12. Possession limit is 48.
    More:
    Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open. Squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
    collapse Turkey 
    Species:Turkey
    Zones: 1; 2; 3; 4B; 5; 5B; 6; 7; 7A; 8; 9; 10; 17
    Opens:4/16/2016
    Closes:5/1/2016
    Limits:
    • The statewide bag limit is two adult gobblers or bearded hens, no jakes.
    • Zone bag limit: Two adult gobblers or bearded hens, no jakes.
    • Hunters 6 to 15 years old may harvest one jake as part of their two-bird limit during the season (including the youth hunt).
    • No more than one turkey may be taken per day.
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    Species:Turkey
    Zones: 4; 4A; 5A; 9A
    Opens:4/16/2016
    Closes:4/24/2016
    Limits:
    • The statewide bag limit is two adult gobblers or bearded hens, no jakes.
    • Zone bag limit: One bearded turkey, no jakes. Hunters who kill a turkey in one of these zones must travel to any other zone (including other one-bird-limit zones) to harvest a second turkey.
    • Hunters 6 to 15 years old may harvest one jake as part of their two-bird limit during the season (including the youth hunt).
    • No more than one turkey may be taken per day.
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    Species:Turkey
    Zones: 1A
    Opens: Closed
    Limits:

    Turkey Zone 1A is closed.

    collapse Turkey - Youth Hunt 
    Species:Turkey
    Zones: 1; 2; 3; 4; 4A; 4B; 5; 5A; 5B; 6; 7; 7A; 8; 9; 9A; 10; 17
    Opens:4/9/2016
    Closes:4/10/2016
    Limits:
    • The statewide bag limit is two adult gobblers or bearded hens.
    • Hunters must follow the zone bag limits of the zones in which they hunt.
    • Hunters who are 6 to 15 years old may harvest one jake as part of their two-bird limit during the season (including the youth hunt).
    • No more than one turkey may be taken per day.
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    • Only hunters 6 to 15 years old may hunt turkeys during the special youth turkey hunt.
    • Youths who have completed hunter education must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 18 or older.
    • Youths who have not completed hunter education must be under the direct supervision of an adult mentor who is 21 or older.
    collapse Waterfowl 
    Species:Duck;Coot, American;Merganser
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season Dates
    Nov. 21-Nov. 29, 2015
    Dec. 10-Dec. 23, 2015
    Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016

    Duck daily bag limit
    Six ducks. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the six-duck total bag limit.
    Duck possession limit
    Three times the daily bag limit
    Coot daily bag limit
    15
    Coot possession limit
    45.
    Merganser daily bag limit
    Five mergansers. Limit may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
    Merganser possession limit
    Three times the daily bag limit.
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    Species:Goose, Canada
    Opens:9/1/2015
    Closes:9/15/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 5. Possession limit is 15.
    Species:Goose, Canada
    Opens:9/19/2015
    Closes:9/28/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit is 2. Possession limit is 6.
     
    More:
    Northwest Canada Goose Zone includes: Benton, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Washington, Madison, Newton, Searcy, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Van Buren, Sebastian, Logan, Conway, Faulkner, Scott, Yell, Perry and Pulaski counties.
    Species:Goose, Canada
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Statewide Canada Goose Season
    Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2015
    Dec. 6, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016

    Canada Goose Daily Bag Limit
    Two
    Canada Goose Possession Limit
    Six
     
    Species:Goose, Blue;Goose, Snow;Goose, Ross;Goose, White-fronted
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 White-fronted, snow, blue and Ross's Goose Season
    Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2015
    Dec. 6-Jan. 31, 2016

    White-fronted Goose Daily Bag Limit
    Three
    White-fronted Goose Possession Limit
    Nine
    Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Combined Daily Bag Limit
    20
    Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Combined Possession Limit
    No possession limit

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    collapse Waterfowl - Early Teal 
    Species:Teal, Blue-winged;Teal, Cinnamon;Teal, Green-winged
    Opens:9/12/2015
    Closes:9/27/2015
    Limits:
    Daily limit -- 6 (blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal combined). Possession limit -- 18.
    collapse Waterfowl - Light Goose Conservation Order 
    Species:Goose, Blue;Goose, Ross;Goose, Snow
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Light Goose Conservation Order
    Oct. 10-Nov. 17, 2015
    Feb. 1-5, 2016
    Feb. 7-April 25, 2016

    No bag limit or possession limit.
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    • Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
    • Hunters may use electric calls.
    • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
    • No federal or state waterfowl stamp is required.
    • Hunters must have a valid hunting license, but it may be from any state.
    • Hunters must call (800) 364-4263 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or click here to visit our permit page and click "Submit New Permit Application" for a free registration permit number.
    collapse Waterfowl - Youth 
    Species:Waterfowl
    Opens:
    Limits:
    2015-16 Duck, Coot, Goose and Merganser Youth Hunt Dates
    Dec. 5, 2015 and Feb. 6, 2016

    Duck daily bag limit
    Six ducks. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the six-duck total bag limit.
    Duck possession limit
    Three times the daily bag limit
    Coot daily bag limit
    15
    Coot possession limit
    45.
    Merganser daily bag limit
    Five mergansers. Limit may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
    Merganser possession limit
    Three times the daily bag limit.
    More:
    On these days, youths 15 and younger may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor who is 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt ducks, geese, mergansers or coots, but may call waterfowl and may (if properly licensed) hunt other game in season. Youth hunters can hunt on wildlife management areas 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset these two days.