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Arkansas Game and Fish close deer hunting in flood-prone areas

The high water on the White and Cache rivers forces the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to temporarily close deer season in some eastern Arkansas areas. MGN Photo)

High water on the White and Cache rivers forces the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to temporarily close deer season on private land in some eastern Arkansas areas and the Cache River basin near Augusta.

Deer hunters are encouraged to check current water levels in their area the opening of modern gun deer season on Nov. 10.

The eastern Arkansas bottomlands habitats for large deer populations but offer less protection.

It can be tempting to try harvesting one of these deer seeking sanctuary, especially at the beginning of the season when everyone’s excited or in areas that have a very limited time span to hunt with modern guns,” said Ralph Meeker, deer program coordinator for the AGFC.

A survey conducted by Responsive Management says 60 percent of hunters who hunted in regions with flood-prone zones were in favor of closing deer hunting when the water rose to the criteria in place.

Only deer hunting is closed during flood-prone zone closures. Limits for other game animals remain unchanged for this hunting season.

Visit the AGFC website by clicking here or call the AGFC Wildlife Information Hotline at 3 p.m. daily for updated status of all flood-prone regions.



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