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Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
  • Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt | Dec. 7, 2019 and Feb. 8, 2020

    Dec. 7, 2019 and Feb. 8, 2020

    On these days, only 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 18 or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt, but may call waterfowl. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as the regular duck and goose seasons. Youth hunters can hunt on wildlife management areas 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset these two days. General WMA hunter use permits are not required for youth hunters.

  • Special Active Duty Military and Veteran Hunt | Dec. 7, 2019 and Feb. 8, 2020

    Dec. 7, 2019 and Feb. 8, 2020  

    On these days members of active duty military and military veterans may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Active duty military includes members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training). Veterans must have served in active military, naval, air service or Reserves and National Guard on Title 32 orders and must have been discharged or released under Honorable conditions. Eligibility for this hunt by veteran and active military will require either having one of the following or copy during hunt:

    • DD214
    • Veteran Benefit Card
    • Retired Active Military I.D.
    • Veteran License
    • Active Duty I.D. card

    Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as regular duck and goose seasons. Hunters may hunt on wildlife management areas from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset these two days.   

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  • Early Canada Goose Season

    Sept. 1-30, 2019
    Daily Limit –
    5
    Possession Limit – 15

  • Early Teal Season

    Sept. 15-30, 2019
    Shooting Hours –
     Sunrise through Sunset.
    Daily Limit – 6 (blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal combined)
    Possession Limit – 18

  • Duck, Coot and Merganser

    Nov. 23-Dec. 2, 2019
    Dec. 11-23, 2019
    Dec. 26, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020

    Duck daily bag limit – 6, which may include no more than 4 mallards (2 hens), 3 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 black ducks,1 mottled duck. If not listed, up to 6 ducks of a species (including teal) may be taken.

    Coot daily bag limit – 15.

    Merganser daily bag limit – 5, which may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers.

    Possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.

  • White-fronted Goose

    Oct. 26-30, 2019
    Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019
    Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020

    Daily bag limit – 3

    Possession limit – 9

  • Canada Goose

    Oct. 26-30, 2019
    Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019
    Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020

    Daily bag limit – 2

    Possession limit – 6

  • Snow, Blue and Ross’s Goose

    Oct. 26-30, 2019
    Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2019
    Dec. 8, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020

    Daily bag limit – 20

    No possession limit

  • Light Goose Conservation Order

    Oct. 5-25, 2019
    Oct. 31-Nov. 22, 2019
    Feb. 1-7, 2020
    Feb. 9-April 25, 2020

    No daily bag or possession limit

    Go to Light Goose Conservation Order page

  • Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs

    In addition to a valid Arkansas hunting license, federal duck stamp and general use permit, nonresidents need a valid Arkansas waterfowl stamp (DSN) and a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on the wildlife management areas listed below. 
    The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 23-Dec.2, Dec. 27-Jan. 5 and Jan. 22-Jan. 31. 

    • Bell Slough/Camp Robinson
    • Beryl Anthony
    • Lower Ouachita
    • Big Lake
    • Craig D. Campbell
    • Lake Conway Reservoir
    • Cut-Off Creek
    • Dr. Lester Sitzes III
    • Bois d'Arc
    • Dave Donaldson Black River
    • Earl Buss Bayou DeView
    • Ed Gordon Point Remove
    • Freddie Black Choctaw Island
    • Frog Bayou
    • Galla Creek
    • George H. Dunklin Jr.
    • Bayou Meto
    • Harris Brake
    • Henry Gray Hurricane Lake
    • Holland Bottoms
    • Lake Overcup
    • Ozan
    • Petit Jean River
    • Rex Hancock Black Swamp
    • St. Francis Sunken Lands
    • Seven Devils
    • Sheffeld Nelson Dagmar
    • Shirey Bay Rainey Brake
    • Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms
    • Sulphur River
    • Trusten Holder