Hunt for deer begins in state

Hunters take to the woods for modern gun main event

Posted: November 11, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Nearly half a million hunters will be in the woods and fields of Arkansas today for the opening of the modern gun deer season.

Modern Gun Deer Season

SEASON DATES Nov. 11-Dec. 3: Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11

Nov. 11-Dec. 10: Zones 4A, 5A, 14, 15

Nov. 11-Dec. 25: Zones 16, 16A, 17

Nov. 11-Dec. 17: Zones 9, 12, 13

Nov. 11-19: Zones 4B, 5B

Nov. 11-12: Zone 4

Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19: Zone 5

BAG LIMIT Varies by zone. Hunters may kill as many as six deer, but no more than two legal bucks.

SHOOTING HOURS 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

GAME CHECK Hunters can check deer by calling (877) 507-4263, going online at, or with the AGFC’s smartphone application.

DON’T FORGET Hunters are required to wear a fluorescent cap and vest or jacket, and they must possess a proper hunting license and tags. Hunters also should carry an ink pen and a rubber band, length of wire or zip tie so they can fill out their tag and attach it to their deer before transporting. Hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must be hunter-education certified.


• Arkansas hunters kill an average of 1 deer per person annually.

• 53 percent of hunters actually kill a deer.

• Since 2013, the AGFC has offered certificates for hunters who kill their first deer. You can paste a photo into the certificate document online and print a certificate worthy of framing.

• Hunters can help feed less fortunate Arkansans by donating a deer to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry (

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