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Arkansas bear hunters need new permit

Sept. 6, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’s bear season kicks off Sept. 13, and hunters should check out some of the new regulations from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission if they plan to be loaded for bear this year in The Natural State.

Nonresident hunters should check twice for new permits when renewing licenses

July 19, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — Every July, many Arkansas hunters make it a point to renew their hunting licenses to ensure they’re legal and ready for the next year of enjoying all The Natural State has to offer. This year, nonresidents also may have to purchase a few additional permits if they plan to engage in a few of the state’s calling card hunts.

Wild Science Webinar: June 2023 - Reservoir Habitat Evaluation and The BEAR Facts: A Survey of Arkansas Bear Hunters

June 13, 2023

The Wild Science Webinar is a monthly series featuring Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff and guest speakers presenting research and projects about Arkansas fish and wildlife. Matt Schroeder, District 10 Fisheries Supervisor, will present "Reservoir Habitat Evaluation" and Ava Smith, Social Science Research Specialist, will present "The BEAR Facts: A Survey of Arkansas Bear Hunters".

Avoid an un-bear-able situation

May 23, 2023

BELLA VISTA — Myron Means can just about put a pin on his calendar each year in May when the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will begin to see a rise in nuisance bear calls throughout the state.

Second Annual Black Bear Bonanza March 4

Feb. 15, 2023

BENTONVILLE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be one of many conservation agencies participating in the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Second Annual Black Bear Bonanza, Presented by onX, from 9 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Benton County Quail Barn in Northwest Arkansas.

South Arkansas bear hunt highlights 2022 harvest

Dec. 21, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — With a shortened three-day hunt window, hunters in south Arkansas’s much-anticipated bear season took full advantage of their December hunt, totalling 28 bears harvested in newly opened Bear Zone 4 from Dec. 10-12. Bear hunters in other portions of the state saw success as well.

Inaugural south Arkansas bear season opens tomorrow

Dec. 9, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — Beginning tomorrow and for the first time in modern history, Arkansas hunters will be able to legally harvest a black bear in the Gulf Coastal Plain and portions of the Delta in south Arkansas. While the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is excited about this milestone in conservation and opportunity for hunters, there are a few key points to remember to get the most out of the hunt and ensure it remains a fixture in Arkansas’s outdoors.