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  • 2017-18 Furbearer Hunting Season Dates

    Bobcat

    Sunrise, Sept. 1, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    Daily limit - 2  
    No possession limit.

    • Dogs allowed to hunt bobcats during the day. Dogs required to hunt bobcats at night.
    • Bobcat hunting also is open during turkey season during the day, no dogs allowed.
    • Dogs may not be used when deer season is open in a zone that restricts the use of dogs.
    • During youth turkey hunts, only youths may take bobcats.
    • Bobcats may be taken with archery equipment, rifles of any caliber or shotgun using any size shot. Bobcats may be taken during spring turkey season with hunting equipment legal for that season.

    Coyote

    Sunrise, July 1, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    No bag limit or possession limit.

    • Dogs allowed to hunt coyotes.
    • Coyote hunting also is open during turkey season, no dogs allowed. 
    • Coyotes may only be taken during the day.
    • During youth turkey hunts, only youths may take coyotes.
    • Dogs may not be used when deer season is open in a zone that restricts the use of dogs.
    • Coyote may be taken with archery equipment, rifles of any caliber or shotgun using any size shot. Coyotes may be taken during spring turkey season with hunting equipment legal for that season.

    Gray Fox, Red Fox, Mink and Striped Skunk

    Sunrise, Sept. 1, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    Daily limit - 2 per species 
    No possession limit.

    • Hunting only allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

    Opossum

    Sunrise, Sept. 1, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    Daily limit - 2  
    No possession limit.

    • Dogs allowed.
    • Day or night hunting; dogs are required for hunting at night.

    River Otter

    Sunrise, Nov. 11, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    Daily limit - 2  
    No possession limit.


    Raccoon

    Sunset, July 1-Aug. 31, 2017
    Night hunting only. Dogs required.

    Sept. 1, 2017-March 31, 2018
    Day or night hunting. Dogs required to hunt at night.

    No bag limit or possession limit.


    Beaver, Muskrat and Nutria

    Sunrise, Sept. 1, 2017-Sunset, March 31, 2018

    No bag limit or possession limit. 


    Badger, Spotted Skunk (Civet Cat) and Weasel Hunting: Closed 

  • 2017-18 Furbearer Trapping Season Dates

    Furbearer (other than Beaver, Coyote, Muskrat and Nutria)

    Sunrise, Nov.11, 2017-Sunset, Feb. 28, 2018

    No daily limit or possession limit. 


    Beaver, Muskrat and Nutria

    Sunrise, Nov. 11, 2017-Sunset, March 31, 2018.

    No daily limit or possession limit.


    Coyote

    Sunrise, Aug.1, 2017-Sunset, March 31, 2018

    No daily limit or possession limit.

  • Furbearer Hunting and Foxpen Regulations

    Furbearer Hunting Regulations

    • Unless otherwise specified, furbearers may be taken with archery equipment, firearms no larger than .22 caliber rimfire or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.
    • Foxes, Bobcats and Coyotes may be taken during daylight hours with rifles and shotguns of any caliber. Bobcats and Coyotes also may be taken during any open deer, bear or spring turkey season with weapons legal for that season.
    • Bobcats, opossums and raccoons may be taken at night only when treed by dogs and only with firearms no larger than .22 caliber rimfire and shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.

    Licenses Needed to Hunt Furbearers

    • Furbearer hunters and trappers 16 and older must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.

    Foxpens

    • No permit is required to operate a fenced facility where fox and coyote are chased for pleasure. However, if any other wildlife are hunted within the fenced area, the operator must obtain an AGFC-issued Wildlife Hunting Resort Permit.
    • When chasing wildlife for pleasure, hunters may not possess any killing device except:
      • If a hunting season is open, the weapon legal for the season may be possessed.
      • Concealed-carry firearms may be possessed by certified concealed-carry permit holders.
    • Live foxes and coyotes that are legally trapped alive in Arkansas may be sold to foxpen operators by those holding Commission Live Fox and Coyote permits. These permits can be obtained from the Commission Licensing Division in Little Rock, 800-364-4263.
    • A Commission Wildlife Importation Permit is necessary to bring any wildlife, including fox and coyote, into Arkansas.
    • It is illegal for those with Commission Wildlife Importation Permits or anyone else to bring live coyotes into Arkansas that originate from or have lived in Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming or Canada.
    • It is illegal for those with Commission Wildlife Importation Permits or anyone else to bring live foxes into Arkansas that originate from or have lived in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming or Canada.

    Buying and Selling Furs

    Not only do furbearer hunters and trappers enjoy the thrill of the hunt and some decent meals, they also can make a few extra dollars selling the furs if they take the time to preserve them properly. Click on the Buying and Selling Furs tab below to learn how and where to sell your harvested furs.

  • Furbearer Trapping Regulations

    Trapping Regulations

    • Animal matter may not be used as bait within 20 feet of a trap unless it is covered.
    • Bait must be covered in such a way as to withstand wave action, wind action and other normal environmental conditions that could cause it to become visible.
    • All traps, snares or cable-restraint devices for taking furbearing animals must have one of the following affixed to the device:
      • Legible name and address of trap user.
      • Vehicle operator's license number of trap user.
      • AGFC customer identification number of trap user.
      • Current vehicle license number (registered to the trap user).
    • Nondrowning sets with foothold traps, snares and box traps must be checked daily. Kill traps must be checked at least every 72 hours.
    • Foothold Traps
      • Foothold traps must be smooth-jawed.
      • Foothold traps on land must have a jaw spread no greater than 6 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog).
      • Foothold traps in water sets must have a jaw spread no greater than 8.5 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog).
      • Foothold traps with a jaw spread greater than 5 inches (measured from the inside edge at the dog) must have offset or rubber-padded jaws.
    • Body-gripping Traps
      • Body-gripping traps on land must have a jaw spread no greater than 6 inches.
      • Body-gripping traps in water sets must have a jaw spread no greater than 10 inches.
    • Box Traps
      • Box traps may be used for land and water sets.
      • Box traps no larger than 8 inches wide and 10 inches high may be used to trap rabbits. No more than eight rabbit traps may be used at one time.
      • Wood or wire traps may not be used to take game birds.
      • Licensed trappers may use box traps of any size during furbearer season.
    • Snares
      • Leg snares are illegal in Arkansas.
      • Snares are allowed in water sets.
      • Snares placed on land, farther than 20 feet from a permanent body of water must have a functional “deer lock” that prevents them from closing smaller than 2.5 inches. Land snares must have a single-piece lock and must be braided cable with a loop no larger than 12 inches in diameter and the bottom of the loop no higher than 10 inches from the ground.
      • Snares may not be set or maintained in a public road right-of-way or touch any fence when fully extended.

    Licenses Needed to Hunt and Trap Furbearers

    • Furbearer hunters and trappers 16 and older must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.
    • Resident trappers 16 and older must have a valid Resident Trapper Permit in addition to their hunting license. This permit is free.
    • Nonresident trappers 16 and older must have a valid Nonresident Trapper Permit in addition to their hunting license.

    Trapper Education and Introduction to Trapping

    Looking for information on how to get involved in trapping and selling furs? The International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies produced a special trapper education program to teach newcomers about the sport and explain why responsible trapping is vital to the health of an ecosystem.

    Click on the Trapper Education and Introduction to Trapping tab below for information on beginning trapping.


    Buying and Selling Furs

    Not only do furbearer hunters and trappers enjoy the thrill of the hunt and some decent meals, they also can make a few extra dollars selling the furs if they take the time to preserve them properly.

    Click on the Buying and Selling Furs tab below to learn how and where to sell your harvested furs.

  • Trapper Education and Introduction to Trapping

    Trapper Education

    The International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies developed a comprehensive trapper education program, which is mandatory before trapping in many states. The program not only teaches trappers how to use traps without harming people or domestic animals, it also teaches new trappers skills, legal methods of trapping and ethical behavior to maximize their enjoyment of the resource. A key component of the course is explaining how trapping fits into the overall scheme of scientific wildlife management. Trapper education is not mandatory to trap in Arkansas, but is highly encouraged.

    Icon Click here to download the Trapper Education Manual for Arkansas (2.4 MB)

    Free Online U.S. Trapper Education Course


    Arkansas Trappers Association Trapper Workshop

    The Arkansas Trappers Association holds a two-day trapper education workshop each October.

    Click here for more information on the association and workshop.


    Best Management Practices for Trapping Arkansas Species

  • Buying and Selling Furs

    Licenses Needed to Buy and Sell Furs

    • A valid Arkansas Hunting License is required to sell pelts of harvested furbearers
    • A valid Resident Fur Dealer Permit ($50) or Nonresident Fur Dealer Permit ($100) is required to buy or resell furs in Arkansas unless you are an Arkansas resident purchasing tanned pelts, taxidermy mounts or whole carcasses of legally taken furbearers for personal use. Permits are available by calling 1-800-364-4263(GAME).

    Possession and Tagging of Furbearer Pelts

    • Untanned pelts in a person’s possession must belong to a species of furbearer that has an open season in Arkansas.
    • Shipments of untanned pelts originating in Arkansas must display the name, address and license number of the shipper, date of shipment and the words “Fur Pelts” on the package.
    • Bobcat and river otter pelts must be tagged by an AGFC employee before being shipped out of state. Possession of untagged otter pelts from April 1 to the beginning of river otter hunting season is not allowed (except those taken with depredation permits).

    Furbuyer Lists

    Looking for a place to sell the fruits of your season? Click below for a list of Arkansas Furbuyers


    Beaver Bounties

    Furbearer hunters and trappers may be eligible for bounties on beavers if they were taken in a county participating in an approved beaver control program. Funding is provided by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to participating County Conservation Districts. For more information about the program, visit the ANRC Beaver Control Program website. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission does not administer this program, but AGFC regulations regarding the methods of take, hunting and trapping seasons, and nuisance animal control regulations apply to all beaver trapping and hunting.