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Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
  • Early Teal Season

    Sept. 15-30, 2021

  • Duck, Coot and Merganser

    Nov. 20-29, 2021
    Dec. 11-23, 2021
    Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

  • Special Youth, Active Duty Military and Veteran Waterfowl Hunt | Dec. 4, 2021 and Feb. 5, 2022

    Dec. 4, 2021 and Feb. 5, 2022

    On these days, only youths 15 and younger, members of active duty military and military veterans may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers.  

  • Early Canada Goose Season

    Sept. 1-30, 2021

  • Canada Goose

    Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2021
    Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021
    Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

  • White-fronted Goose

    Oct. 30-Nov. 14, 2021
    Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021
    Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

  • Snow, Blue and Ross’s Goose

    Oct. 30-Nov. 14, 2021
    Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021
    Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

  • Light Goose Conservation Order (Snow, Blue and Ross’s)

    Oct. 2-29, 2021
    Nov. 15-19, 2021
    ​Feb. 1-4, 2022
    Feb. 6-April 25, 2022

    Go to Light Goose Conservation Order page for special regulations.

  • Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs

    The information below applies to the 2020-21 waterfowl season and is subject to change. Please check back before the 2021-22 season begins for current information.


    Nonresident 5-day WMA Waterfowl Permit

    In addition to a valid Arkansas hunting license, nonresidents need a a valid Arkansas waterfowl stamp (DSN) and a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (NW5) to hunt waterfowl on all wildlife management areas. The permit costs $30.50 and is valid only Nov. 21-30, Dec. 27-Jan. 5, Jan. 22-31. It is available online, by telephone or from license dealers. Nonresidents will also need a free WMA General Use permit when hunting on any WMA.

    Hunting Ends at Noon
    • On George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMA and Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, waterfowl hunters must cease all shooting AND be off water-inundated areas or natural/man-made water courses by noon.
    • On all other WMAs, except where noted in the "Where to Hunt" section of the website, waterfowl hunters must cease all shooting at noon. They must be off water-inundated areas or natural/man-made water courses by 1 p.m.
    • Waterfowl hunting is allowed 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset during the final day of the last segment of  regular duck season and during the Youth and Special Active-Duty Military and Veteran Waterfowl Hunts.
    Waterfowl Guides

    It is illegal for waterfowl hunters to be guided on wildlife management areas, special use areas or national wildlife refuges. Both hunters and guides are subject to penalties.

    No Equipment Left Overnight

    Waterfowl decoys, dog stands and platforms may not be left out overnight on wildlife management areas, special use areas or wildlife demonstration areas, including river channels within exterior boundaries of WMAs. Boats in staging areas must be occupied. Boats cannot be left overnight except on Dave Donaldson Black River WMA at slough boat access points.

    Vegetation Destruction Prohibited

    On Commission-owned WMAs, it is illegal to use or possess chainsaws, handsaws, hatchets, axes, weed trimmers, string trimmers or other cutting devices. Chemical defoliants also are prohibited. Exceptions to this rule include: hunting knives, pocketknives and pocket saws; campers in designated camping areas; and trappers using hatchets during trapping season.

    Permanent Duck Blinds

    It is illegal to build, erect or hunt from a duck blind (any structure fabricated from metal, lumber, wire, nylon or other building materials) which is not removed or torn down each day at the end of shooting hours. This applies to all WMAs including river channels within exterior boundaries of WMAs.

    Certain Waterfowl Decoys Prohibited

    It is unlawful on any Commission-owned WMA or lake and national wildlife refuges to possess, or take or attempt to take waterfowl with the use of, any simulated wing movement decoy or any decoy other than an artificial decoy that imitates the appearance of waterfowl: no moving parts or electrical components; and is not subjected to any artificial means that makes it appear to move, splash or cause ripples. Exception: Manually operated “jerk strings” may be used to simulate movement.

    Simulated Wing Movement Decoys
    Simulated wing movement decoys are any electric, mechanically operated, wind-powered, or manually powered apparatus or device that simulates wing movement, including any device that spins one or more fixed- or stationary-winged decoys around a central axis.

    Boating Regulations on WMAs and NWRs 

    It is unlawful to operate a boat in any manner that is hazardous to persons or property on any part of a WMA or NWR including ramps, structures, boat lanes or other areas.

    Examples of illegal boating practices include:

    1. Weaving through congested vessel traffic;
    2. Jumping the wake of another vessel too close to such other vessel;
    3. Operating a vessel when visibility is obstructed;
    4. Moving at a speed that exceeds the safe and reasonable limits under the circumstances or that creates a hazardous wash or wake upon approaching or passing vessels;
    5. Inattentive operation;
    6. Failure to keep a proper lookout;
    7. Failure to observe navigation rules;
    8. Swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision where correction reasonably could have been made earlier;
    9. Operating while intoxicated or under the influence of any narcotic drug, barbiturate, or marijuana or while under any physical or mental disability so as to be incapable of operating safely under the circumstances;
    10. Colliding with, striking or bumping another vessel, object or person;
    11. Otherwise operating a vessel in a manner that endangers life, limb or property.
    12. Impeding the normal and reasonable movement of boating traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with the law of regulations.
    13.  With the exception of meeting oncoming boats, all boating traffic must proceed in single-file with no passing allowed, exception when boats have exited the current direction of travel or are no longer under power.
    14. All boating traffic on a WMA or NWR must maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet (approximately 6-boat lengths) between boats.

    Any person found guilty of negligent operation (unintentional hazardous operation) may be fined $250 to $2,500, may be sentenced up to 60 days in jail and will be prohibited from accessing any WMA for one year from date of conviction.

    Any person found guilty of reckless operation (intentional hazardous operation) may be fined $500 to $5,000, may be sentenced up to 90 days in jail, will be prohibited from accessing any WMA for one year from date of conviction and lose hunting and fishing privileges statewide for one year from the date of conviction.

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