Hunting in Arkansas

Duck hunting at the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area
Duck hunting at the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area

Information about Arkansas hunting

Hunting luck, it is said, occurs when preparation meets opportunity. The Natural State welcomes you to enjoy Arkansas hunting! The old Arkansas state motto, Land of Opportunity, still holds true - especially for hunters - because The Natural State is well populated by a wide variety of Arkansas wildlife found on several million acres of public lands.

Big game hunts are popular in Arkansas. The state has a herd of whitetail deer, estimated at one million animals, plus black bear and elk. Liberal regulations for big game hunting seasons are set for archery, crossbow, muzzleloaders and modern guns.

Bucks at the Buck Hollow Ranch in Pocahontas

Arkansas is also famed for small game hunting, and duck hunting along the famous Mississippi Flyway in the Arkansas Delta is prime waterfowl enthusiasts! For Arkansas hunting seasons, regulations, licenses, permits and guides, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Dog on a Duck Hunt
Group shows off their kills at the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area

Prepare for your Arkansas hunting vacation by visiting these links for general hunter information:

  • Arkansas Wildlife – Order free brochures to learn about the conservation of natural resources in Arkansas as well as a helpful calendar of hunting seasons.
  • Hunting License – Buy a hunting license, permit, or stamp online through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

For lodging in Arkansas during your favorite season to hunt, visit Places to Stay and find the perfect accommodation for your visit—whether you wish to stay in a luxury lodge or resort, or a budget-friendly motel.

If you’re considering an Arkansas hunting trip, why not make it an all-out vacation? You’ll find plenty to do in The Natural State, from day trips full of shopping and dining to camping, hiking, fishing for bass, trout and crappie in our crystal clear lakes, fly fishing for trout in our renowned streams and more adventure activities. Our complimentary Arkansas vacation kit makes it easy to get ideas and plan your next getaway – request yours today and make your dream Arkansas hunting vacation a reality!