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Waterfowl seasons, bag limits

September 26, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.
Concentrations of late season ducks find sanctuary on plentiful habitat away from hunting pressure. (Special to the News-Times)

Duck, Coot and Merganser

• Nov. 20-29, 2021; Dec. 11-23, 2021; and Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

Duck daily bag limit: Six. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), one scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, two canvasbacks, two black ducks and one mottled duck. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. Coot daily bag limit – 15. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Merganser daily bag limit:Five. No more than two may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except during teal season, which begins at sunrise. During duck season, WMAs close to waterfowl hunting at noon. Waterfowl hunters must leave waterfowl hunting areas by 1 p.m. Waterfowl rest areas are closed to all access Nov. 1-Feb. 15.

Canada Goose

• Early season, Sept. 1-30, 2021 (statewide)

• Regular season, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2021; Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021; and Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022 (statewide)

Early season daily limit: Five

Early season possession limit: 15

Regular season daily limit: Two

Regular season possession limit: Six.

White-fronted Goose

• Oct. 30-Nov. 14, 2021; Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021; and Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

Bag Limit: Two

Possession limit: Six

Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose

• Oct. 30-Nov. 14, 2021; Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2021; and Dec. 5, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022

Bag limit: 20

To note: Migratory bird hunters in Arkansas 16 or older are required to carry proof of Arkansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration when hunting ducks, geese, doves, coots, woodcock, snipe, rails or gallinules. HIP registration should be completed when purchasing a license at any Arkansas Game and Fish Commission office or online.

For full details on this year's waterfowl hunting regulations, see agfc.com/en/hunting/migratory-birds/waterfowl.

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