Commission hears proposals on hunting regulations

Staff Writer

From the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
LITTLE ROCK – During Thursday’s (March 19) meeting, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission received a briefing on the public response from hunting regulations the agency has proposed. The AGFC has provided an online survey for public comment.
More than 12,800 people have responded to the public input survey. During last year’s public input survey period, more than 7,200 people provided online feedback on the proposed regulations. AFGC Commissioner Ken Reeves said the amount and quality of the information was impressive. “It’s obvious this has been a great success and we got a tremendous response,” Reeves said.
Some of the proposals being considered for the 2015-16 season are:
· Extend archery deer season through the month of January on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area east unit.
· Move muzzleloader deer season from October to January on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area east unit.
· Change the boundary lines of White Rock, Piney Creek, Ozark National Forest, Lee Creek, Magazine and Sylamore WMAs.
· Prohibit use or possession of alcohol on AGFC-controlled WMAs.
· Extend the Black River Flood Prone Zone to the Missouri state line.
· Move bear archery season opener to the last Saturday in September.
· Split the modern gun bear season in zones 1 and 2 to coincide with the modern gun deer season.
· Increase bear zone 1 quota from 200 to 250 bears (205 for October and 45+ for November) and remove the quota for bear zone 2.
· Provide youth only dates during public and private lands elk hunts.
To see a complete list of proposed regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Documents/GeneralHuntingRegsProposals.pdf. Comments are still being accepted. The Commission will vote on the hunting regulation proposals at its April 16 meeting.

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