2017-2018 Hunting Seasons in Northwest Arkansas

Hunting seasons in Arkansas depend on where you live. Hunting seasons in Arkansas typically change a little bit each year, but while the exact dates may vary, the basic time frame is usually consistent. Here’s a look at the different hunting seasons in Northwest Arkansas.

There are different seasons for different types of hunting. Most of Northwest Arkansas is made up of deer hunting zones 1, 1A, 2, and 6. Parts of Zone 3 and Zone 7 could be considered NWA as well. Most of Northwest Arkansas is in bear hunting zone 1.

Deer – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, and 7

  • Archery: September 23rd through February 28th
  • Muzzleloader: October 11th – 29th and December 9th – 11th
  • Modern gun: November 11th – December 3rd
  • Christmas holiday modern gun hunt: December 26th- 28th
  • Special modern gun youth hunt: November 4th – 5th and January 6th – 7th
  • Private land antlerless only modern gun hunt: October 14th – 18th

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission established a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone. The CWD management zone affects all hunting zones in Northwest Arkansas, but not all parts of the zone. Make sure you plan accordingly.

Bear – Zones 1 and 2

  • Archery: September 23rd – November 30th
  • Muzzleloader: October 21st – 29th
  • Modern gun: November 11th  – 30th (zone 1 may close earlier if quota is reached)
  • Special modern gun youth bear hunt: November 4th – 5th

Elk

Core Elk Management Zone Public Land Hunts (By Drawn Permit Only)

  • Youth Hunts: September 30th – October 1st and October 28th – 29th
  • Regular Elk Hunts: October 2nd -6th and Oct. 30th – November 3rd

Core Elk Management Zone Private Land Hunt (By EMAP Permit Only)

  • Youth Hunts (antlerless only): September 30th – October 1st and October 28th – 29th
  • Regular Elk Hunts: October 2nd -6th and Oct. 30th – November 3rd

Quail (statewide)

November 1st – February 4th

Rabbit (statewide)

September 1st – February 28th

Squirrel (statewide)

May 15th – February 28th

Crow (statewide)

September 1st – February 19th (Thursday – Monday hunting only)

 

For more information on hunting seasons in Northwest Arkansas, or anywhere else in the state, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission site.

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