Make Plans For Deer Season Opening Day

Archery season opens Sept. 28 and modern gun season opens Nov. 9 in Arkansas, according to dates set recently by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Bryan Hendricks of Arkansas with a fine whitetail.

Bryan Hendricks of Arkansas with a fine whitetail.

The deer season dates are part of the 2013-14 general hunting regulations approvedĀ  during the Commission’s monthly meeting. AGFC Deer Program Coordinator Cory Gray told commissioners that hunters checked a record 213,487 deer, an increase of 11 percent from the 2011-12 deer season.

Season dates for the 2013-14 deer hunting season:

Archery
All zones: Sept. 28, 2013 to Feb. 28, 2014.

Modern Gun
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11
: Nov. 9-Dec. 1.
Zone 4: Nov. 9-10.
Zone 5: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17.
Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15: Nov. 9-Dec. 8.
Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 9-17.
Zones 9, 12 and 13: Nov. 9-Dec. 15.
Zone 16, 16A and 17: Nov. 9-Dec. 25.

Muzzleloader

Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16.
Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 29-31.
Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed.

The statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is Dec. 26-28. Youth modern gun deer hunts will be held Nov. 2-3 and Jan. 4-5, 2014.

A private land antlerless-only modern gun deer hunt in zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17 will be held Oct. 12-16.

The Commission also approved a pair of changes to bear hunting regulations for Bear Zone 2, moving the zone’s archery bear season opening day to Oct. 1 and reinstating a 150-bear quota for the zone.

The 2013 elk hunting season will take place in two segments, Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The first segment of elk season previously has been held in September.

The 2014-15 Season
The Commission also set deer season opening dates for 2014. Archery season will open Sept. 27, 2014; muzzleloader season will open Oct. 18, 2014, and modern gun season will open Nov. 8, 2014.

To see a summary of the 2012-13 hunting regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Pages/EnforcementRegulations.aspx.

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