Arkansas Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


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.

 

Alligator Seasons

Alligator

Sep. 16-19
Sep. 23-26

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*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.

Bear Seasons

Archery

Sep. 24-Nov. 30

Muzzleloader

Oct. 15-23

Firearms

Nov. 1-Dec. 4*

Youth Firearms Hunt

Nov. 5-6

*These dates vary by zone. Some regions are closed to bear hunting for the 2016-2017 season.
Bag limits vary by zone. Baiting bears is not permitted on public lands, though it is allowed on private property in designated bear zones.

Deer Seasons

Archery

Sep. 24-Feb. 28

Firearms

Nov. 12-Dec. 25*

Muzzleloader

Oct. 15-23*
Dec. 10-19*

Firearms, Private Land, Antlerless

 Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Youth Firearms Hunt

Nov. 5-6
Jan. 7-8

*Dates vary by zone
**Statewide limit of 6 deer per season with no more than 2 bucks.


Elk Seasons

 Public Land

Oct. 3-7
Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Private Land

Oct. 31-Nov. 4

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

Turkey Seasons

Spring Turkey

Apr. 10-25*

Youth Hunt

Apr. 8-9

*Dates vary by zone.
Bag limits vary by region.

Small Game Seasons

Quail

Nov. 1-Feb. 5

Swamp/Cottontail Rabbit

Sep. 1-Feb. 28

Gray Fox, Mink, Red Fox, Striped Skunk, Opossum, River Otter, Raccoon, Coyote, Bobcat

Sunrise Sep. 1-
Sunset Feb. 28

Squirrel

May 15-Feb. 28

Crow

Sep. 1-Feb. 19
Thur.-Mon. Only

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.