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Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits
  • Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt | Dec. 5, 2020 and Feb. 6, 2021

    Dec. 5, 2020 and Feb. 6, 2021

    On these days, only youths 15 and younger may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Youths who have  completed a hunter education course may hunt on their own. 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.   

  • Early Canada Goose Season

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

    Shooting Hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

  • Early Teal Season

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

    Shooting Hours – Sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

  • 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.

    Shooting Hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

    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

    Shooting Hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

  • Canada Goose

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

    Daily bag limit – 2

    Possession limit – 6

    Shooting Hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

  • 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

    Shooting Hours – 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. (See Waterfowl Hunting on WMAs section below for shooting times on WMAs.)

  • 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
    Nonresidents 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
     
    Hunting Ends at Noon

    Shooting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise and ends at noon except where noted in the "Where to Hunt" section of the website. Waterfowl hunters on WMAs must cease all shooting at noon and must also 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 three days 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 and in boat staging areas after 2 a.m. each morning.

     
    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 artifi cial 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 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.

    With the exception of meeting oncoming boats, all boating traffic must proceed in single-file with no passing allowed, except when boats have exited the current direction of travel or are no longer under power.

    All boating traffic on a WMA or NWR must maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet (approximately 6 boat lengths) between boats.