Fall Bird Hunt Dates for Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Dates for Fall bird hunting in the Natural State have been set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).

The 2014 hunting seasons for early migratory birds and doves will begin in September.

Here's the full list:
  • Mourning dove and Eurasian collared-dove, Sept. 6-Oct. 25 and Dec. 20-Jan. 8 
  • Teal season, Sept. 13-28 
  • Rail season, Sept. 6-Nov. 14 
  • Woodcock season, Nov. 8-Dec. 22 
  • Common snipe season, Nov. 1-Feb. 15 
  • Purple gallinule and common moorhen season, Sept. 1-Nov. 9 
  • Early Canada goose season, Sept. 1-15 
  • Northwest Canada goose zone season, Sept. 20-29   
The AGFC is also considering the following suggested late migratory season dates:
  • Proposed duck season dates: Nov. 22-30, Dec. 4-Dec. 23, Dec. 26-Jan. 25. Youth Hunt: Jan. 31-Feb. 1 
  • Canada, White-fronted, snow, blue and Ross’s goose seasons, Nov. 13-Jan. 25 
  • Snow, blue and Ross’s goose conservation order, Oct. 11-Nov. 12, Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 2-April 25 
One regulation proposal includes a restriction on the closing time of certain wildlife management areas and lakes during waterfowl season. If approved, the proposal would require the public to be off these areas after 1 p.m. each day and from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. each morning. The restriction would be in place from the first day of the first segment of the regular duck season until the last day of the last segment of regular duck season on specific WMAs. This would not apply to the last three days of the last regular duck season and the youth waterfowl hunt when access is allowed from 4 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Exceptions to allow afternoon access (such as archery deer hunting) to specific waterbodies within WMAs were included in the proposal. The late migratory bird season dates and regulations will be approved at the August commission meeting. 
In other business in its most recent meeting, the AGFC: 
  • Approved a $185,000 budget increase for water quality and gas royalty monitoring on the Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA in Van Buren County. 
  • Heard the first reading of the proposed fishing regulations for 2015. 
  • Approved a $99,000 budget increase to pave a one-mile section of K Avenue in Felsenthal. The road leads to six boating access areas at the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge and Beryl Anthony WMA. 
  • Authorized the director to enter into an agreement accepting a 1.9-acre land donation adjacent to Salado Creek in Independence County. The land is being donated by Kenny Kramer. 
  • Approved a budget increase of just over $6 million from unobligated Wildlife Restoration Grant program money and a budget transfer of $718,020 in earmarked non-resident waterfowl funds. The budget transfer will be used to restore and enhance waterfowl habitat, complete greentree reservoir assessments, perform drainage restoration mulching and several other projects on various WMAs. 
  • Heard presentations on the state’s Canada goose population and the 2014 turkey harvest.

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