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Chase ducks all day on WMAs Jan. 31

BY Randy Zellers

ON 01-24-2024

Man with dog duck hunting

LITTLE ROCK — As the 2023-24 waterfowl hunting season wanes, hunters are reminded that all-day waterfowl hunting on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission-owned wildlife management areas is allowed on the final day of the season: Wednesday, Jan. 31.

This all-day waterfowl hunt includes WMAs that are designated open only on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Hunters at Raft Creek and Cypress Bayou WMAs will still need to obtain daily permits, available at the access areas for these WMAs and will be required to complete the data cards on these permits and turn them in at the conclusion of their hunt. 

This all-day hunt does not apply to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuges, which follow their own access restrictions (available on pages 60-62 of the 2023-24 Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook). Additionally, rest areas are still closed to access during this time. These areas offer valuable resources and shelter for ducks, shorebirds and other migrants as they prepare for and begin their migration north to nesting grounds where it is hoped they will produce the next generation of waterfowl for future duck-hunting adventures. 

Visit for a clickable map of WMAs available in Arkansas.

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