About Hunting in Arkansas

Arkansas is a popular destination for hunting all year round, you cna enjoy the outdoors including bear to deer to catching fish healthy in the area. For visitors or citizens there is an active hunting program. Wildlife spans to several million acres and is known for being a conservatory state so in spring no hunting is allowed! There are very unique aspects to hunting in Arkansas and if you want a different experience that remains in a natural state, while contributing to the sport of hunting then you have made a great choice!

Arkansas Hunting Seasons

Big Game – Bear, Deer, Elk
Small Game – Rabbit, Squirrel
Bird – Quail, Crow, Turkey

Arkansas 2021 Deer Season Opening Dates

  • Archery – Sept. 25, 2021
  • Muzzleloader – Oct 16, 2021
  • Modern Gun – Nov 13, 2021

Mark your calendar for next year!

  • Archery – Sept 24, 2022
  • Muzzleloader – Oct 15, 2022
  • Modern Gun – Nov 12, 2022

Arkansas Firearm and Archery Deer Season 2021-2022

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZone
Muzzleloader10/16/2110/24/211,2,3,4A, 5A, 6 through 16, 16A, 17
12/11/2112/13/211, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
12/18/2112/20/214A, 5A, 14, 15
Modern Gun11/13/2112/5/211, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
12/26/2112/28/211, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 5, 5A, 6 through 16, 16A, 17
11/13/2111/21/214, 5
11/13/2112/12/214A, 5A, 14, 15
11/13/2112/19/219, 12, 13
11/13/2112/25/2116, 16A, 17
Archery9/25/212/28/22Statewide
*Bag limits and regulations for Arkansas vary by zone. Click here for more details.

Arkansas Firearm and Archery Bear Season 2020-2021

(ZONES 3, 4, 6 AND 7 ARE CLOSED)

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZoneBag LimitQuota*
Archery9/25/2111/30/211, 21, either sexZone 1: 400
Zone 2 does not have a quota.
Muzzleloader10/16/2110/24/211, 21, either sexZone 1: 50
Zone 2 does not have a quota.
Modern Gun11/13/2111/30/211, 21, either sexZone 1: 50
Zone 2 does not have a quota.
11/27/2112/5/2151, either sexZone 5: 10
11/20/2112/5/215A1, either sexZone 5A: 5
*Zone closes early if quota is met.

Arkansas Firearm and Archery Elk Season 2021-2022

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZoneBag LimitNotes
Public Land10/4/2110/8/21Designated areas of the Buffalo National RiverGene Rush WMA, Richland Valley Sonny Varnell Elk Conservation Area and Bearcat Hollow WMA.1 Elk, either sexPermit required
10/25/2110/29/21Designated areas of the Buffalo National RiverGene Rush WMA, Richland Valley Sonny Varnell Elk Conservation Area and Bearcat Hollow WMA.1 Elk, either sexPermit required
Private Land10/2/2110/3/21Core Elk Management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties).1 Elk, either sexPermit required
10/23/2110/24/21Core Elk Management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties).1 Elk, either sexPermit required
*Bag limits vary by zone.

Arkansas Small Game and Bird Season 2021-2022

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateLimit
Quail11/1/212/6/22Daily limit – 6
Possession limit – 12
Swamp/Cottontail Rabbit9/1/212/28/21Daily limit – 8
Possession limit – 16
Squirrel5/15/212/28/22Daily limit – 12
Possession limit – 48
5/15/222/28/23Daily limit – 12
Possession limit – 48

Arkansas Hunting License

License ResidentNonresident
Combination Sportsman’s
License
$35.50n/a
Resident Sportsman’s
License
$25.00n/a
Resident Wildlife
Conservation License
$10.50n/a
General WMA Hunter Use
Permit
Freen/a
Annual All Game Hunting Licensen/a$350
5- Day All Game Hunting Licensen/a$180
Non Expiring lifetime resident
hunting and fishing
sportsman permit
$1,000n/a

Arkansas Hunting News

The great state of Arkansas is known as a ‘Natural State,’ meaning that there isn’t any hunting in the spring time due to the high breeding numbers. They work hard at conserving the land and the animals so that there are harvest numbers for a later date as well and the population is evenly maintained. There are interesting big games including Alligator, Elk, Bear and Deer and small games which include rabbit, squirrel and quail! There are many wildlife management areas where you can apply at a low cost or none at all to hunt and you are sure to gain a unique experience.


The licenses, permits if any as well as the seasons, weapons and zones are all listed on this page for Arkansas, please continue to look around to find accessible information!

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Tips for Hunting in Arkansas

  • Hunters or those accompanying must wear at least 400 sq inches of hunter orange, chartreuse or blaze camouflage above wait and a head garment of the same colors.
  • Hunters may carry only muzzleloaders or archery equipment during muzzleloader deer or bear seasons.
  • Hunters may use air rifles on small games
  • It is unlawful to feed wildlife within the CWD management zone
  • Food plots may be used year round

Links to Official Sites

Click here to purchase a license
Arkansas State Regulation Site
Link to State PDF