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2024 Big Squirrel Challenge

To participate in the 2024 Big Squirrel Challenge, hunters must follow all hunting regulations outlined in the 2023-24 Hunting Guidebook.

Get ready to spend some quality time outdoors and compete in the challenge like no other. Join the statewide competition on January 12 and 13, 2024.

Check Locations

Springdale 
Ozark Highlands Nature Center
3400 N 40th St, Springdale, AR 72762

Pine Bluff
Delta Rivers Nature Center
1400 Black Dog Dr, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Mayflower
Camp Robinson Special Use Area (SUA)
331 Clinton Rd, Conway, AR 72032

Jonesboro
Crowley’s ridge nature Center
600 E Lawson Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72404

Ft. Smith
Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72916

Yellville
Crooked Creek Nature Center
851 Conservation Ln, Yellville, AR 72687

Columbus
Grandview Prairie Nature Center
1685 Hempstead 35 Rd N, Columbus, AR

Hazen
Wattensaw WMA Shop
1693 Hwy 11 North, Hazen AR 72064

Batesville
Paul H Willmuth Shooting Sports Complex
3600 N St Louis, Batesville, AR 72501

Magnolia
SAU Laney Farm
833 Old McNeil RdMagnolia, AR 71753

Russellville
Russellville Regional office
1266 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, AR 72802

Monticello
Monticello Regional office
771 Jordan Dr, Monticello, AR 71655

Rules

  • No pre-registration required
  • Hunt period starts at noon Friday the 12th until weigh in time on Saturday the 13th
  • Weigh in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 Saturday p.m. Participants must be in line for weighing by 1:00 p.m. 
  • Weight will be recorded field dressed – skin on.
  • They can be brought in dressed or done on site.
  • Teams can weigh in a 3 squirrel bag limit max
  • Scores will be measured by the total weight of the entire bag in grams
  • Regional winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
  • Statewide Winners will be contacted Monday the 15th and announced in a press release
  • Teams will get their squirrels back after being weighed.

Categories

  • Adult – Fox squirrels only
  • Adult – Mixed bag or Gray Squirrels only
  • Youth – Fox Squirrels only
  • Youth – Mixed bad or Gray Squirrels only

*YOUTH teams can be 2 persons under the age of 16 or One adult (16 and older) and one youth (under 16)

Prizes

  • Every hunter that participates (weighs in a squirrel) will have their name entered in a drawing for a room for 2 nights at the Great Oaks Cabins Lodge outside of Mt. View. (a $250 value!)
  • Medals for 1st and 2nd place teams at each weigh in location.
  • Umarex Air rifles for statewide winners in each Category.
  • There will be door prizes.

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