How do I tag and check a deer, turkey, bear or elk?
After successfully harvesting a deer, turkey, bear or elk, hunters have two options for tagging/checking:
GAME TAGS ARE NOT REQUIRED ONCE THE ANIMAL HAS BEEN CHECKED AS LONG AS THE ANIMAL IS IN YOUR IMMEDIATE POSSESSION.
What is required for identification at a hunting camp, a processor or taxidermist?
Hunting camps, processors and taxidermists must maintain records when storing all wildlife. All portions of each deer in storage must be labeled with the following information: Hunter name, customer identification number from license, address, date of harvest, species and game check number.
What is required if I want to give my harvested game to someone?
Any harvested wildlife transferred to another person must include the following information: Name of person who killed the game, species, quantity, person receiving the game, date of kill and check number (if it’s big game).
Any hunter who has passed hunter education may hunt on their own during the regular turkey season as well as during the special youth turkey hunt.
Youths who have not completed hunter education must be under the direct supervision (within arm's reach) of an adult who is 21 or older.
Wild turkeys may be hunted only with archery equipment (including crossbows, but not airbows) and shotguns (modern or muzzleloading) 10 gauge and smaller. Shot larger than No. 2 common shot is prohibited. There is no statewide restriction on shot material (ie lead shot), however some federal wildlife refuges may have site-specific shot regulations. Check your destination for any such restrictions before hunting.
Wild turkeys may not be hunted over bait.
An area is considered baited if any food (including shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, chops,wheat or other feed that could serve as a lure or attractant for wildlife) is present or has been present in the last 10 days. (An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of the bait.)
A hunter is liable for a baiting violation if he or she knows, or reasonably should know, that the area is or has been baited, even following complete removal of bait.
There is no set distance from a baited site that a hunter may shoot a turkey. If the wildlife officer deems the bait is aiding the hunter in harvesting a turkey, the hunter can be cited for a violation.
A youth hunter (ages 6 to 15) may take one jake (immature gobbler) at any time in any zone open to turkey hunting during the regular season or youth hunt. This jake will count against the youth's zone and seasonal limit.
The Monday opener is an intentional regulation aimed at reducing harvest pressure and conflict between hunters early in the season. Weekend openers tend to result in more people (hunters and non-hunters alike) being in the woods, and thus the potential for greater conflict between hunters and increased disturbance and harvest pressure early in the season when they are trying to breed.
According to annual summer brood survey reports, only about 40 percent of hens have been bred by the beginning of Arkansas's current turkey season. By reducing harvest during the opening week, fewer gobblers are dissapearing before hens in the area are bred. It is essential that we have as many hens bred as possible before removing mature gobblers from the flocks, so that we will have turkeys to hunt two years from now when this year's hatched males will be mature.
The Enforcement Radio Room is available 24 hours a day to handle all calls from concerned citizens.
There are three options to report wildlfie violations:
Each tipster is eligible for a monetary reward based on the amount of the minimum fine in the event a citation is issued for the violation being reported. All calls are kept strictly confidential.