Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Urban Deer Hunt Protocol
To provide a framework for municipalities attempting to address urban deer issues, namely human/ deer conflicts, by utilizing archery hunting. This will be accomplished by establishing a partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), the Arkansas Bowhunters Association (ABA), and the city.
All urban deer hunts will open the first Saturday in September and close January 31st.
All hunters are required to:
- Pass the International Bowhunter Education Course.
- Attend an urban hunt orientation; after attending the orientation, hunters will be eligible to hunt all the urban deer hunts for that year.
- Pass a shooting proficiency test.
- Pay annual confirmation fee, which includes membership in the ABA for liability insurance purposes.
- Possess a valid Arkansas (resident or nonresident) big game license. Hunters must be at least 16 years of age.
- Possess a valid Urban Bow hunting Permit (issued by AGFC). Permit will be valid for all the urban deer hunts for that year.
- Hunter will be provided a vehicle placard that must be signed by a representative from each municipality that he/she wishes to hunt.
- Display placard in full view on the dashboard of their vehicle and carry the approved permit at all times while hunting.
- Use a longbow, recurve or compound with at least a 35-pound pull and broad heads at least 7/8-inch wide (mechanicals OK); string-locks are not permitted.
- Hunt in designated areas, and if hunting on private property, hunters must possess written permission from the property owner.
- Hunt at least 50 yards from designated trails or parks.
- Hunt at least 50 yards from any occupied dwelling without written permission.
- Keep all bows cased to and from stands.
- Shoot from stands that are at least 10 feet above the ground (no walking, stalking or ground blinds).
- Cover harvested animals from sight before transporting/ moving from the field.
- Remove harvested animals during daylight hours if at all possible.
- Special considerations will be made for disabled hunters in wheelchairs.
- Donate first deer to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry (a 501C-3 charitable organization).
- Using the correct Urban Deer Zone number check deer online at www.agfc.com or by telephone toll-free at 866-305-0808.
Deer Bag Limit:
No bag limit. The first deer taken must be a doe, and must be donated to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry; all subsequent deer harvested may be either-sex. Deer are considered bonus deer and do not count in the hunter’s seasonal bag limit. No antler restrictions.
Officials from the AGFC, ABA, and participating municipalities will attend and oversee each hunter orientation. Scheduled activities for each orientation will include: shooting proficiency tests, payment for annual confirmation fee, review of hunt rules, and distribution of permits and dash placards.