Arkansas Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Arkansas Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Arkansas?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Arkansas Hunting Seasons Dates

The Arkansas hunting season website describes the hunting in this State as follows:

“The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities around. The agency has acquired and purchased land to offer outdoor enthusiasts places to hunt, fish and enjoy the great outdoors. These designated areas are set aside by the Commission and distinguished by certain markers.

Each WMA is considered a separate zone with regard to wildlife regulations. With more than 100 wildlife management areas spanning thousands of acres, the AGFC offers nearly every Arkansan ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors close to home.”

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Arkansas Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Arkansas provides some great Deer and Elk hunting opportunities during the hunting season.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission makes the following notes about its herd management program.

“While deer were being restored to Arkansas, does were protected to promote rapid population growth. One buck could father many offspring, but does were critical to re-establishing the deer herd. Thanks to strict rules and enforcement prohibiting doe harvest, Arkansas’s herd now approaches one million deer.”

“Interest in Arkansas elk increases each year. Not only in hunting these animals, but viewing them as well. More Arkansans visit the Buffalo River area each year to observe and photograph these magnificent animals, especially in late September and early October when elk are breeding. The herd will never be large compared those in western states, but these elk provide an exceptional wildlife-viewing and hunting opportunity.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Deer General firearmsNov 9-Dec 1 & Dec 26-28
Deer General Firearms (Youth)Nov 2-3 & Jan 4-5
 Deer MuzzleloaderOct 19-27 & Dec 14-16
Deer BowSept 28-Feb 29
Deer Anterless Deer on Private LandOct 12-16
Elk Public LandOct 7-11 & Oct 28-Nov 1
Elk (Youth Hunt)Oct 5-6 & Oct 26-27

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Arkansas Bear Hunting Season

Some good Black Bear hunting opportunities can be found in Arkansas. Baiting is allowed on Private lands but not on Public lands.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission makes the following notes about the 2018 harvest results.

“Five hundred seventy seven bears were legally harvested during the 2018 season. The2018 bear harvest was the highest harvest on record since 1980.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
General FirearmsNov 9-29 & Nov 23-Dec 1
General Firearms (Youth)Nov 2-3
MuzzleloaderOct 19-27
BowSept 28-Nov 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Arkansas Turkey Hunting Season

There are some reasonable Turkey hunting opportunities during the Arkansas hunting season. In 2018 7,884 gobblers were checked by hunters.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Regular SeasonApr 13-28
Youth SeasonApr 11-12

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Arkansas Small Game Hunting Season

There is some reasonable small game hunting opportunities during the Arkansas hunting season. Alligators can also be hunted with a drawn hunting permit.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Cottontail RabbitSept 1-Feb 29
Swamp RabbitSept 1-Feb 29
SquirrelMay 15-Feb 29
CoyoteAug 1-Mar 31
BobcatSept 1 – Feb 29 & During Turkey Season
Opossum & RaccoonOpen All year
AlligatorSept 20-23 & Sept 27-30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Arkansas Game Bird Hunting Season

There is some good game bird hunting opportunities during the Arkansas hunting season. Alligators can also be hunted with a drawn hunting permit.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
DucksNov 23 – Dec 2, Dec 11-23, Dec 26 – Jan 31
Snow, Blue & Ross GooseOct 23 – 30, Nov 23-Dec 6, Dec 8-Jan 31
Canada GooseSept 1-30, Oct 26 – 30, Nov 23-Dec 6 Dec 8-Jan 31
QuailNov 1-Feb 2
White Front GeeseOct 26 – 30, Nov 23-Dec 6, Dec 8-Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

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