Did you know you could hunt alligators in The Natural State? Arkansas’ hunting seasons offer the opportunity, along with bear, elk, turkey and deer seasons.
Arkansas hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online, and different rates are available based on season, hunting method, residency and other special designations.
The state Game and Fish Commission does provide hunting access on several private land areas throughout Arkansas. Six areas in mid and southern Arkansas are available, but to access these areas, a permit is required for each area.
Arkansas Alligator Seasons
|General Season||Sept. 20-23 and Sept. 27-30|
*Alligator hunting is only permitted by drawn hunting permit. Only one alligator may be bagged per season. Selected hunters are required to attend a hunter orientation course.
Arkansas Bear Seasons
|Archery||Sept. 28-Nov. 30|
|Modern Gun||Nov. 9-29 and Nov. 23-Dec. 1**|
|Youth Modern Gun||Nov. 2-3|
**Dates and bag limits vary by zone. Some zones are closed to bear hunting. Baiting bears is not permitted on public lands, though it is allowed on private property in designated bear zones.
Arkansas Deer Seasons, Opening Dates*
|Archery||Sept. 28-Feb. 29**|
|Modern Gun||Nov. 9-Dec. 1 and Dec. 26-28**|
|Muzzleloader||Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16**|
|Youth Modern Gun||Nov. 2-3 and Jan. 4-5|
|Private Land Antlerless Only||Oct. 12-16|
**Season ending dates vary by zone. Statewide limit of 6 deer per season with no more than 2 bucks. Some take method seasons may be closed in some areas.
Arkansas Elk Seasons
|Public Land||Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1|
|Youth Hunt||Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 26-27|
Permits are required to hunt elk on private and public lands. Youth Hunt is the first two days of each season. Bag limits vary by zone.
Arkansas Turkey Seasons
|Spring Turkey||Apr. 8-28**|
|Youth Hunt||Apr. 11-12|
**Dates vary by zone. Bag limits vary by region.
Arkansas Small Game Seasons
|Quail||Nov. 1-Feb. 2|
|Swamp/Cottontail Rabbit||Sept. 1-Feb. 29|
|Squirrel||May 15-Feb. 29|
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Arkansas hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. In many seasons, hunting with dogs is not permitted. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website.