Welcome to the guidebook for the Arkansas hunting season. Hunters across the state are getting ready to start their yearly pursuit of game.

This thorough article is your guide to the dates and restrictions that set the rules for the 2023 - 2024 hunting season in Arkansas.

Join us and get ready to experience the thrill of the hunt in the natural state starting with a comprehensive understanding of the opening day to bag restrictions.

Arkansas Deer Hunting Seasons

The new 2024 Arkansas deer seasons open on:

Archery Season: Sept. 28, 2024
Muzzleloader Season: Oct.19, 2024
Modern Gun Season: Nov. 9, 2024

The specific dates from 2024 - 2025 for each zone haven't been updated yet. But the lasting periods of hunting seasons should be similar to the last year. Details are as follows:

Arkansas Deer hunting season map

Zone Season Bag Limit and Notes
1 and 2 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 9-11, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
3 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 9-11, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 3 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
4 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Three deer, no more than two bucks.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-19 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
5 and 5A Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Three deer, no more than two bucks.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
Muzzleloader: Closed
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-19 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
6 and 7 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 16-18, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 10 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
8 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 9-11, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 3 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
9 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Four deer, no more than two bucks.
  • No dogs allowed for deer hunting.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
10 and 11 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2023.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 9-11, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 3 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
12 and 13 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023 - Feb. 29, 2024
  • Five deer, no more than two bucks.
  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 17, 2023.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
14 and 15 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023- Feb. 29, 2024
  • Four deer, no more than two bucks.
  • Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 10, 2023.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29 and Dec. 16-18, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 10 and Dec. 26-28, 2023
16, 16A and 17 Archery: Sept. 23, 2023- Feb. 29, 2024
  • 1. Four deer, no more than two bucks.
  • 2. No dogs allowed for deer hunting in Zone 16.
  • 3. Dogs allowed for deer hunting Nov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023 in Zone 16A and Zone 17.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29, 2023
Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Dec. 29-31, 2023
Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 4-5, 2023 and Jan. 6-7, 2024
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023
🔔Note:

You need to report a deer right after harvesting it. Here are 2 options to check a deer:

Option 1: Right after hunting and before transporting, you can check your deer online, using the AGFC mobile app, or by phone at 833-289-2469.

Option 2: As soon as you shoot a deer, fill out the deer tag from your license or guidebook before moving the deer. You need to attach the tag to the ear or antler and keep it there until you store the deer.

Arkansas Elk Hunting Seasons

Public Land Hunts:

  • Youth Hunts: Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 28-29
  • Regular Elk Hunts (youth eligible): Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Private Land Hunt:

  • Youth Hunts (antlerless elk only): Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 28-29
  • Regular Elk Hunts (youth eligible): Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Limits and Notes: You can hunt one elk, either male or female.

This hunt occurs in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Searcy counties.

There's a quota of 35 elk in total, including 10 bulls and 25 females. If you're hunting for bulls, call 833-345-0398 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily to check if the quota is met.

For antlerless elk hunters, you only need to call after 8 p.m. daily. The season ends on Nov. 3 or when the quota is reached, whichever happens first.

For deer or elk hunting, you can also check:

How to Prepare for Deer Hunting Season

Beginner’s Guide to Deer Hunting

Arkansas Bear Hunting Seasons

Zone Dates Limits
1 and 2 Archery: Sept. 13 - Nov. 30 One bear, either sex, by any method.
Muzzleloader: Oct. 21-29
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Nov. 4-5
Modern Gun: Nov. 11-30
3 and 4 Archery: Closed.
Muzzleloader: Closed.
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Closed.
Modern Gun: Dec. 9-15(Zone 3 closes earlier if quota is reached)
5 Archery: Closed.
Muzzleloader: Closed.
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Closed.
Modern Gun: Nov. 18-Dec. 3(Zone 5A closes earlier if quota is reached)
5A Archery: Closed.
Muzzleloader: Closed.
Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt: Closed.
Modern Gun: Nov. 18-Dec. 3(Zone 5A closes earlier if the quota is reached)

Bag Limit and Regulations: Hunters can harvest one bear of either sex using any method. To confirm the harvest number, hunters are required to call 833-345-0398 the evening before their hunt.

The season concludes either on the morning after the quota is met or on Nov. 30, depending on which occurs first. Please note that hunting is prohibited in all Remaining Bear Zones, except as listed.

Alligator Hunting Seasons

Alligator Management Zone 1 and 3 Public Land:

Sept. 15-18

Sept. 22-25

Alligator Management Zone 1, 2 and 3 Private Land:

Sept. 15-18

Sept. 22-25

Season Limit: One alligator, 4 feet or longer.

Rabbit Hunting Seasons

Statewide: Sept. 1, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024
Daily limit: 8

Squirrel Hunting Seasons

Statewide: May 15, 2023-Feb. 29, 2024
Daily limit: 12

Notes: Dogs allowed.

Quail Hunting Seasons

Statewide: Nov. 1, 2023-Feb. 5, 2024
Daily limit: 6

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

Waterfowl Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Duck, Coot, and Merganser Nov. 18-26 6 18
Dec. 9-23 15 45
Dec. 27-Jan. 31 5 15
Canada Goose Sept. 1-Oct. 15 5 15
Nov. 18-26 2 6
Dec. 9-23 2 6
Dec. 27-Jan. 31 2 6
White-fronted Goose Oct. 28-Nov. 10 3 9
Nov. 18-26
Dec. 9-23
Dec. 27 -Jan. 31

Don't forget to read this: Waterfowl Hunting Guide

Dove Hunting Seasons

Statewide: Sept. 2-Oct. 22 and
Dec. 8 - Jan. 15

Mourning Dove and White-Winged Dove
Daily Bag Limit -
 15
Possession Limit - 45

Eurasian Collared-Dove
Daily Bag Limit -
 No limit
Possession Limit - No limit

Crows Hunting Seasons

2023-24 Crow Season
Statewide: Sept. 1 - Feb. 19. Open Thursdays through Mondays only.

No bag limit.

We have collected the info and listed the seasons for the migratory birds in Arkansas. If you want to see them all and download the info, check out the Migratory Birds Dates Summary for all species in one place.

Turkey Hunting Seasons

Special Youth Turkey Hunt:

Zones 1 and 2: April 6-7, 2024

Regular Turkey Season Dates:

Zone 1: April 15-23, 2024

Zone 2: April 15-May 5, 2024

Bag Limits for two zones: One legal turkey, no jakes.

Related: Turkey Hunting Tips: How to Hunt Public Land Turkeys

Arkansas Hunting Licenses

All hunters must have a valid bear permit in addition to a valid Arkansas Annual Hunting License to hunt.

The provided information outlines the new requirements and fees for nonresident hunting and guiding activities in Arkansas for the year 2024. Here's a breakdown of the fees and permits:

Resident Licenses Descriptions Fees
Combination Sportsman's License Allow to hunt all game species and a total bag limit of deer during open seasons and to fish the waters $35.50
Resident Wildlife Conservation License hunt all small game species and furbearers and one bear $10.50
65 Plus Annual Hunting License Entitles residents 65 years of age or older to the privileges of the Resident Sportsman's Hunting License $3.50
Resident Sportsman's License Allow to hunt all game species and furbearers during open seasons. (6 deer tags and 2 turkey tags included) $25
65 Plus ResidentLifetime Duck Allow to hunt waterfowl for the remainder of the holder's life $7
65 Plus Resident Lifetime Hunting Entitles residents 65 years of age or older to the privileges of the Resident Sportsman's Hunting License (RS) for the remainder of his or her life $25

 

Non-Resident Licenses Descriptions Fees
Non-resident Annual Hunting License Allow to hunt deer and small game using modern gun, muzzleloader, and archery, and to take a total bag limit of deer $410
5-Day Hunting License Allow to to hunt deer for the five-day period specified. Three deer tags included $225
3-Day Deer Hunting License Allow to hunt deer for the three-day period specified. Two deer tags included $175
1-Day Deer Hunting License Allow to hunt deer for a one-day period specified. One deer tag included $100
5-Day Small Game Hunting License Allow to hunt all species of small game, waterfowl, and furbearers $80
Turkey Permit (must accompany valid annual hunting license) Allow to hunt one turkey $100
Non-resident Dog Permit Allow non-residents to hunt deer with dogs $20
Nonresident Annual Small Game Hunting License Allow to hunt all species of small game, waterfowl, and furbearers $110
Nonresident Trapper's Permit Allow to trap furbearers during open seasons $125

How to buy Arkansas hunting licenses?

By visiting the Arkansas official licensing system, you can see there are many licenses, permits and stamps that you can choose to purchase.

If you are new to the licensing system, you need to create an account first, and then sign in to your account, and select the one that suits your hunting plan. Pay for the license and print it out.

buy a Arkansas hunting license

Where To Hunt In Arkansas

There are hundreds of Wildlife Management Areas where you can hunt games in Arkansas. Each of them may have its own special rules and limits.  You can click on the Areas and see the detailed information and find the one that is near to your county: Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)

Don't forget to download the AGFC app on your phone so that you can easily find and locate any hunting locations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who Needs a License to Hunt in Arkansas?

You are required to possess an Arkansas hunting license to hunt wildlife if you are 16 or older. A valid printed license, reusable hard card, or acceptable electronic format license must be in your possession when hunting.

2. How Do I Buy a License?

Licenses are available through various convenient methods:

  • Over the counter at most AGFC regional offices, nature centers, and many sporting goods stores across the state.
  • By phone: Call 833-345-0325 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
  • Visiting the Official Licensing System and purchasing the licenses online.

3. How Do I Replace a Lost License?

AGFC's licensing system allows purchasers to print and reprint their own licenses at home or print them at license vendors around the state. License information can also be retrieved via smartphone/mobile device.

4. Who Needs a Hunter Education Card?

A hunter born after 1968 must carry a valid hunter education card, unless 'HE-VERIFIED' is noted on your hunting license. Hunters under 16 do not need to have a card if they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is at least 21 years of age.

5. How to take the Hunter Education Course?

The recommended method is to attend a 10-hour, instructor-led classroom session with hands-on practice. The classes can be spread out over several evenings or completed in a single Saturday, concluding with a test to complete the course.

6. Is there any resource for hunting in Arkansas?

Here is the guidebook for hunting in Arkansas, you can download it to check everything you need to know about the dates, rules and limits on the hunting seasons: Arkansas Hunting Guidebook PDF.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Arkansas hunting season offers a variety of opportunities for hunting enthusiasts to enjoy the sport while adhering to specific regulations.

The season spans multiple periods, each with distinct dates, daily bag limits and possession limits. Hunters are encouraged to be aware of the detailed regulations, including species-specific restrictions. All hunting activities come with their own set of rules, ensuring sustainable hunting practices.

Whether it's the thrill of deer hunting or the pursuit of birds, understanding and following these guidelines is essential for a successful and responsible hunting experience.

2 thoughts on “Arkansas Hunting Season 2024: Dates, Limits and Fees”

    1. Hi there, Arkansas does not have a disabled veteran license for non-residents. You can buy a normal nonresident annual license or limited-day license to hunt in the state.

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