Hunters, get ready to head to your stands this Saturday.
Modern gun season starts on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Arkansas. During this season, sportsmen can hunt deer throughout the state’s various regions.
There are a few things to keep in mind. There are specific size requirements when hunting bucks in the state. According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, “a legal buck must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack.”
During modern gun season, hunters are allowed to use muzzleloaders and archery equipment as well. In addition, this season, hunters may use large-bore air rifles. To qualify, the rifle “must be at least .40-caliber, shoot a single, expandable slug, produce at least 400 feet/pounds of energy at the muzzle, and be charged from an external tank.”
Don’t forget to dress for the occasion either. Hunters are required to have 400 square inches of hunter orange, chartreuse or blaze camouflage as well as a hat or other head covering in those same colors.
If you bag a deer, make sure to tag it immediately and call it in.
Most of all, have fun! Hunting is a great opportunity to spend time in the Arkansas outdoors.