published September 24, 2017 by David Faulk

2017 Arkansas Deer Season Bow Opener

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us, 2017 bow season opens today across the state! Thousands of hunters will be making their way into the woods with bow in hand, hoping to connect with the buck they’ve been watching or to fill their freezer.  Whatever your reason, today is an exciting day.  Opening day of deer season is so much more than just deer season’s arrival.  It signifies the beginning of fall, the onset of cool weather (not so much here lately), and most importantly it’s a refresher of all those great memories we’ve made seasons past.  I can still remember my first deer hunt, consisting of me talking too much and being too loud. I still remember harvesting my first whitetail.  I was 11 years old, “patiently” waiting, and then appearing out of nowhere, there she is.  A mature doe making her way down the shooting lane.  I can remember my rapid breathing, shaking hands, and asking my dad if I was ready.  Those few minutes leading up to the shot of great anticipation and anxiety, the jitters that I still get today.  Then the shot, lead to the breakdown after.  Shaking that was uncontrollable.  The hardest part was the waiting game of her recovery.  Dad said we needed to give her at least 30 minutes, that wasn’t going to happen… I was ready to slide down that stand like a fireman, tear off into the woods in pursuit of my trophy.  Walking down the shooting lane, I spot her maybe 10 yards from where I last saw her in my sights. Then the strangest feeling came over me, it wasn’t a feeling of boastful accomplishment, it was a feeling of upmost respect.  I had harvested this magnificent animal placed on this earth by our Creator.  She was put here to provide an element in the perfect balance of nature, but she was also here to serve the needs of man.  The need of sustenance was the most basic, but this whitetail provided so much more than that.  It provided me with memories, quality time with family and others. It instilled the desire to be outdoors, the respect for these animals, their habitat and the desire to spread this passion of mine.  Today I’m the same, still get the jitters, still have respect for the game and their habitat, and still look forward to opening day every year.  I want to wish everyone a safe and memorable season.  Keep us updated with your adventures this fall. Share with us your successes, your memories, and your thoughts.  Leave us a comment below, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


About the Author

David Faulk
Owner of Arkansas Outdoors Online. Christian. Outdoors enthusiast, with years of experience hunting and fishing across the Natural State. Mississippi State Wildlife Biology Graduate.




2 Comments


  1. Richard Lilly

    Hottest opener I can remember. All I saw was a few squirrels and a bunch of mosquitoes. Still I wouldn’t want to miss open day regardless. Just enjoying God’s creation is enough for me.



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