Calling All Duck Hunters: Feedback Sought for 2015 Arkansas Waterfowl Season


LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for feedback on this year’s Arkansas waterfowl season. The waterfowl survey is available on the agency’s website and details two options for the upcoming season structure. The deadline for the 2015 Arkansas waterfowl survey is Aug. 17.

Although staff recommendations for this year’s waterfowl season dates were formally proposed during the July Commission meeting, public comments prompted the Commission to look into an alternative set of dates for public review.

Frameworks for migratory bird hunting seasons are established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Flyway Councils. States can choose more restrictive seasons, but cannot set seasons beyond established dates. The latest allowable date for duck season this year is Jan. 31.

Arkansas’s current duck season framework allows no more than three season segments with two season splits. The following two options are being reviewed for approval at the August Commission meeting.

Ducks, coots and mergansers

Option 1 (Calendar adjustment from last year’s framework):

Nov. 21-29

Dec. 10-23

Dec. 26-Jan. 31

Youth Hunt: Feb. 6-7


Option 2 (Alternative dates for review):

Nov. 21-Dec. 2

Dec. 5-Dec. 23

Dec. 29-Jan.26

Youth Hunt: Dec. 26-27


Canada, white-fronted, snow, blue and Ross’s geese:

Nov. 19-Jan. 31


Snow, blue and Ross’s geese conservation order:

Oct. 10-Nov. 18, Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 8-Apr. 25



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