published April 7, 2009 by Matt Livingston

AGFC sets 2009-10 Arkansas Hunting Season Dates

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the hunting season dates for this years fall seasons.  A few notable items:

  • antler restrictions in zones 16, 16A and 17 moved from 3-point rule to a 4-point rule
  • zone 6 was split into 3 zones and zone 8 into 2 zones, new zones will be 1A, 6A and 8A
  • 2 more days were added to the youth modern gun deer hunt on Jan. 2-3
  • A proposal to add telephone checking also was approved by the commission

Arkansas game and fish season datesThe new telephone checking option starts with the October bow season. Along with the phone checking, on-line checking will still be available as will the check sheets at DMAP camps. The change allows more real-time, accurate data for the AGFC biologists, which is beneficial to gauge the deer herd’s health in Arkansas.

The commission also announced the 2010 opening hunting season dates for deer season. Arkansas Bow season will open on Oct. 1, 2010 followed by muzzleloader season on Oct. 16, 2010 and modern gun season on Nov. 13, 2010. The 2009-2010 public meeting dates for various wildlife were also announced. The 2009 Arkansas waterfowl meetings will be held June 2 from 7-9 p.m., spring turkey on Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. and the 2009-2010 general hunting public meetings on Jan. 5, 2010 from 7-9 p.m.

For the full read up on this newsletter from the AGFC head over to our forums and check it out. Post your opinions or any thing you want to add that we may have missed.

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wayne canada

I have been a long time quail hunter since the 70’s and I have always wondered why the Game and Fish Comission couldn’t have a early quail season then get it out of deer season completely then have another quail season after deer season. Having the same amount of days to hunt quail but only with two seasons. The reason for this is I have made a lot of deer hunters very angry while quail hunting. Please let me know why this couldn’t be arranged. Thank you, Wayne Canada

Jack Sims

Hi: a great idea Wayne. I am also worried about the danger. Orange cap, vest, etc. should, but does not, insualte you from a careless mistake or unbidled anger that could cause a weido to lose it. We quail hunters should lobby hard for a split season. Jack Sims

Brian Castleberry
I’ve been angrered by the game and fish commissions idea of how to handle things for a while, they seem to cater to which group of hunters or fishermen pump the most revenew into the commission instead of the local economy. They fill our lakes and rivers with striped bass telling us they do no harm to the fishery, and that they don’t feed on bass or other gamefish, evidently they have never cut one open, I have personaly never cut a striper open that did not have game fish in its stomach, including a two pound bass I cut… Read more »

Quail season runs from Nov 1 to Feb 9. I see no reason to split it out. If you don’t like deer hunters then stay out of the woods when gun season is going on. Too many laws already…no need to make any more. I don’t agree with a single comment I see here. Less regulation and more freedom.