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Deer Seasons and Limits by Zone

 

2023-24 Deer Zone Map

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2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • No antler-point restrictions on harvest.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • No antler-point restrictions on harvest.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • CWD regulations apply.
  • Due to ongoing research, collared or ear-tagged deer may be present. Research deer are legal for harvest. Tag and check research deer as required and call 833-289-2469 within 12 hours of harvest.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • No antler point restrictions on harvest within the CWD counties. All other counties within this zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • In Baxter, Boone, Independence, Marion and Randolph counties, CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Closed
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-17, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – For portions outside of the CWD Management Zone: Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • One doe with modern gun.

Limit – For portions inside the CWD Management Zone (Jackson and Randolph County): Three deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery or modern gun,
  • Three antlerless with archery,
  • One antlerless with modern gun.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Outside the CWD Management Zone, legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack. Inside the CWD Management Zone there are no antler restrictions.
  • Special modern gun restrictions apply.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit outside of the CWD Management Zone and DO NOT count toward a hunter’s buck bag limit inside of the CWD Management Zone.
  • In Jackson and Randolph County CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 21-23, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Closed
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-17, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • One doe with modern gun.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Special modern gun restrictions apply.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 21-23, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Three deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Three does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
  • No antler point restrictions on harvest within the CWD counties. All other counties within this zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • In Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren and Washington counties, CWD regulations apply.
  • Due to ongoing research, collared or ear-tagged deer may be present. Research deer are legal for harvest. Tag and check research deer as required and call 833-356-0824 within 12 hours of harvest.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
  • No antler point restrictions on harvest within the CWD counties. All other counties within this zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • In Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties, CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
  • No antler point restrictions on harvest within the CWD counties. All other counties within this zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • In Independence, Jackson, Johnson, Pope and Van Buren counties, CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 15, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – For portions outside of the CWD Management Zone: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Limit – For portions inside the CWD Management Zone (Jackson County): Four deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four antlerless with archery,
  • Two antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Outside the CWD Management Zone, legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack. Inside the CWD Management Zone there are no antler restrictions.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit outside of the CWD Management Zone and DO NOT count toward a hunter’s buck bag limit inside of the CWD Management Zone.
  • In Jackson County CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 14-16, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
  • No antler point restrictions on harvest within the CWD counties. All other counties within this zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.
  • In Logan, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties, CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 15, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – For portions outside of the CWD Management Zone: Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five does with archery,
  • Five does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Limit – For portions inside the CWD Management Zone (Ashley, Bradley and Union Counties): Five deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Five antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023.
  • Outside the CWD Management Zone, legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack. Inside the CWD Management Zone there are no antler restrictions.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit outside of the CWD Management Zone and DO NOT count toward a hunter’s buck bag limit inside of the CWD Management Zone.
  • In Ashley, Bradley and Union Counties CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 15, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five antlerless with archery,
  • Three antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks count as antlerless deer, but must be checked as a button buck.
  • Button bucks do NOT count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 21-23, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024 and Dec. 21-23, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 8, 2024 and Dec. 26-28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9, 2024-Dec. 28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have antlers with at least 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9, 2024-Dec. 28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – For portions outside of the CWD Management Zone: Four deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four does with archery,
  • Two does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Limit – For portions inside the CWD Management Zone (Ashley County): Four deer, no more than two antlered bucks, which may include:

  • Two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Four antlerless with archery,
  • Two antlerless with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 12-Dec. 28, 2023.
  • Outside the CWD Management Zone legal bucks must be a button buck or have at least 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam. Inside the CWD Management Zone there are no antler restrictions.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit outside of the CWD Management Zone and DO NOT county toward a hunter’s buck bag limit inside of the CWD Management Zone.
  • In Ashley County CWD regulations apply.

2024-25 Deer Season Dates
Archery: Sept. 28, 2024-Feb. 28, 2025
Alternative Firearms (Formerly Muzzleloader): Oct. 19-27, 2024
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3, 2024 and Jan. 4-5, 2025 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Christmas Holiday Hunt: Dec. 26-28, 2024 (statewide except WMAs closed during modern gun deer season)
Modern Gun: Nov. 9, 2024-Dec. 28, 2024

Zone Bag Limit
Limit – Five deer, no more than two bucks, which may include:

  • Two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun,
  • Five does with archery,
  • Five does with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.

Zone Notes

  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023.
  • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have antlers with at least 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam.
  • Button bucks DO count toward a hunter’s buck limit in this zone.