Arkansas Hunting Seasons, 2018-2019




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. 21-24, Sept. 28-Oct. 1

*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. 22-Nov. 30
Muzzleloader Oct. 20-28
Modern Gun Nov. 10-30
Youth Modern Gun Nov. 3-4

*These dates vary by zone. Some regions are closed to bear hunting for the 2018-2019 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.

Arkansas Deer Seasons, Opening Dates*

Archery Sept. 28
Modern Gun Nov. 9
Muzzleloader Oct. 19
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.

Arkansas Elk Seasons

Public Land Oct. 1-5 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2

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. 8-23**
Youth Hunt Apr. 6-7

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

Arkansas Small Game Seasons

Quail Nov. 1-Feb. 3
Swamp/Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 1-Feb. 28
Squirrel May 15-Feb. 28

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.