Tighten your strings, check your fletchings and get ready to nock those arrows. Bow season for deer hunting is opening in Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Bow season runs through Feb. 28 and overlaps with the muzzleloader and modern gun seasons.
Before setting off on a bow hunt, you need the right equipment. In Arkansas, hunters are required to use a long, recurve or compound bow with at least a 35-pound pull. Those using a crossbow must use one with at least 125-pounds of pull and a mechanical safety.
For the long, recurve and compound bows, hunters may utilize scopes, string locks and string releases on their bows. Crossbows are also allowed to have scopes.
Arrows for all bows and crossbows must be at least 7/8-inches wide.
There are countless spots hunters can choose to take down potential prey. Check out the hunting zones on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s website.
Make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for harvesting deer before heading out on a hunt.
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year. Bow season for deer will open on Sept. 25, 2021.