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AGFC extends hunting seasons for nonresidents in Arkansas

Arkansas – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) has made significant changes to hunting permits and licenses, aimed at enhancing the hunting experience in Arkansas. These changes, approved on October 31, include the introduction of a new nonresident duck hunting permit and an increase in the availability of the Resident Natural State Lifetime Combination License and Permit.

A major development from the AGFC is the introduction of a new 30-day nonresident duck hunting permit, priced at $200. This permit is a notable improvement over the previous system, which only offered a 5-day Nonresident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit. The new permit allows nonresident hunters to hunt for an entire season, significantly extending their hunting days and offering more flexibility and opportunity for those visiting Arkansas for duck hunting.

In addition to the new nonresident permit, the AGFC has also increased the yearly limit of the Resident Natural State Lifetime Combination License and Permit from 500 to 1,000 licenses per fiscal year. This license, which costs $500, is available to Arkansas residents aged 10 and under. It includes a range of privileges, such as a Resident Combination Sportsman’s License, Arkansas state duck stamp, and Arkansas trout stamp for life, offering substantial savings compared to the standard Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Sportsman’s Permit.

AGFC Deputy Director Spencer Griffith announced that eligibility for this license is retroactive to August 1, 2023, and mentioned that over 350 licenses have already been sold. The expectation is that the number of purchases will increase, particularly as Christmas gifts for young people.

The meeting where these new regulations were approved is available for viewing on the AGFC’s YouTube channel. These changes are expected to significantly improve hunting opportunities in Arkansas, making it more accessible for both nonresident hunters and young residents of the state. The AGFC’s decision to enhance these hunting licenses and permits demonstrates their commitment to promoting wildlife conservation and supporting the hunting community.

Olivia Martinez

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