We all know about hunting seasons, there's deer season, squirrel season, duck season and more. Now there is something new for Arkansans to hunt.

Get ready Arkansas now there is a bear hunting season. Black bears to be specific but only for a short time and only in certain regions in Arkansas.

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According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Black Bear Hunting season opened on Saturday, December 10 and it runs until Friday, December 16. That's right one week and it's this week.

 

It's only legal to hunt Black Bears in the Gulf Coastal Plain and portions of the Delta in south Arkansas. But it could close earlier in case the state quota is met before the 16th.

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How Many Black Bears Can be Harvest in Arkansas?

Myron Means the  AGFC Large Carnivore Program Coordinator, said in a press release;

“We’ve set the quota at 25 bears for Zone 4 and five bears for Zone 3. Hunters need to call the wildlife hotline (800-440-1477) before their hunt to check the harvest number and make sure the quota hasn’t been reached. I’ll be updating that hotline every day at noon and every evening at 6 p.m."

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What is the State Limit For a Person Hunting Bears?

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The AGFC also says that to hunt a black bear in Arkansas you can use modern guns, muzzleloaders or archery equipment. But don't start getting greedy because there is a statewide limit of one bear per person per season.

AGFC Asks You To Please Not Hunt Female Black Bears

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The commission also asks that you do your best to not hunt a female bear. They are most likely getting food for their cubs and those cubs stay with the mother for the first year and they are the future of the bear population. So please let the female bears go about their business.

You can find out more at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission HERE!

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