All-day waterfowl hunting open on WMAs Jan. 31

Waterfowl retrieving dog - Arkansas Game and Fish
photo courtesy Arkansas Game and Fish

Randy Zellers Assistant Chief of Communications, Arkansas Game and Fish

LITTLE ROCK — Duck hunters looking for a shot to finish the season on a high note will have one day to enjoy all-day hunting on all Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas this year. On Jan. 31, duck hunters may hunt WMAs from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset to wrap up Arkansas’s regular duck season.

Historically, all duck hunting on WMAs must end at noon, with the exception of the final three days of the season. Last year, that three-day span was shortened to a single day.

“During our parking lot surveys during the last two years and anecdotal evidence from hunters in the field, we discovered that it really only increased harvest on the first day that all-day hunting was allowed and hunt-quality was reduced for the second and third of those days,” said Brad Carner, AGFC chief of wildlife management. “This will maintain hunt quality for the last weekend of the season with one extended day at the end to best capitalize on that all-day opportunity.”

Hunting also is allowed all-day during youth and veteran’s waterfowl hunt days, including the last hunt of the year, Feb. 6.

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