Arkansas Dog Hunting Laws/Regulations/Legislature
Hunting dogs may be released only on land the dogs’ owner leases, owns or has permission to do so (see Permission to Hunt Card in Related Documents). Hunting dogs are only allowed on some wildlife management areas and only for specific game (check each WMA's regulations in Where to Hunt). Each hunting dog must have a collar with its owner’s name, phone number and address. Waterfowl retrievers do not need to wear collars while hunting or retrieving as long as the collar bearing the owner’s name, address and phone number is carried.
Handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition may be used while training bird dogs.
Individuals or organizations may hold captive on a temporary basis raccoons, foxes, coyotes or pen-raised quail for the purposes of dog training
or sanctioned field trials with the approval of the AGFC chief of wildlife management.
While chasing for pleasure or training dogs, participants may only possess killing equipment legal for an open season at the time and place of the chase (if no legal season is open, no killing devices may be carried.
Using dogs to chase wildlife for pleasure is prohibited April 1-May 15 with these exceptions: Hunting within fox and coyote enclosures, during sanctioned field trials, chasing for pleasure at night (60 minutes after sunset until 60 minutes before sunrise) is allowed from April 1-May 15
Coyotes and foxes may not be chased for pleasure during a firearms deer season where dogs are prohibited.
During the spring youth turkey hunt, Dogs may not be used to chase wildlife from 60 minutes before sunrise until 60 minutes after sunset.
Dogs may be used to chase deer for training purposes Oct. 1-Dec. 31, from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset, only in deer zones where dogs can legally be used for hunting deer during the modern gun deer seasons.
The SB670 bill will be heard in the morning, April 20 , 2021 at9:30 am by the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee. Please contact the committee members and ask them to vote NO on SB670. This bill with give the AGFC the ability to raise the cost of a resident licenses up to 65% over the next 5 years. While the AGFC may need money increasing the cost of our resident license by 65% is too much. There are others ways. AGFC can increase the Non Resident license and the Life Time license. We want to promote hunting and fishing, not increase the license to the point that our residents cannot afford it.
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