Deer zones

Columbia County is in Deer Zone 12.

The deer bag limit for most South Arkansas hunters, including those in Columbia County, has been reduced to five.

Members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted this week to approve that change -- and many others – in the commission’s Code of Regulations.

The commission cut the deer bag limits in deer zones 12 and 17 to five deer. Columbia County and most of South Central Arkansas is in Zone 12. Zone 17 consists of bottomlands along the Mississippi River.

Other deer hunting changes approved by the commission:

-- Set the private land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Deer Hunt to December 29-31, immediately following the Christmas Modern Gun Deer Hunt.

-- Combined deer zones 8 and 8A; deer zones 1A, 6 and 6A; deer zones 4 and 4B, and deer zones 5 and 5B to reduce zones.

-- Added Independence and Jackson counties to the AGFC’s Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone beginning Sept. 1, 2020.

Among other actions taken of interest to South Arkansas sportsmen, the commission:

-- Cut the number of turkey zones from 18 to two, and base turkey zone lines on county lines.

-- Allowed hunters to harvest only one turkey during the first seven days of turkey season and allow youth hunters only one turkey during the youth turkey hunt.

-- Reduced bag limits for wild turkey on each wildlife management area to one bird.

-- Prohibited the take of bearded hen turkeys.

-- Instituted a quota system for private land alligator hunting similar to that used for private land elk hunting. Public land alligator hunting would still be conducted via draw.

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