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Arkansas Deer Hunting Season Dates and Times

2024 Deer Season Opening Dates

Archery Season - Sept. 28, 2024
Muzzleloader Season - Oct. 19, 2024
Modern Gun (Rifle) Season - Nov. 9, 2024

Deer Seasons and Limits by Zone

Arkansas Deer Hunting Season Dates and Times

Zone 1

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 1:

    • Archery Season: Runs from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader Season: Scheduled for October 21-29 and again from December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Takes place from December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Designated for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun Season: November 11 to December 3, 2023, and a later period from December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 1 Bag Limit:

    • Total permissible limit stands at five deer, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Hunters can take two antlered bucks using any legal method: archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Archery hunters may harvest up to five antlerless deer.
    • A combined total of three antlerless deer can be taken with muzzleloader and modern gun.
  • Zone 1 Specific Regulations:

    • Deer hunting with the aid of dogs is prohibited.
    • No antler-point restrictions; any size buck can be legally harvested.
    • Button bucks are classified as antlerless deer but should be checked in specifically as a button buck.
    • Harvesting a button buck will not count towards the hunter's limit of two bucks.
    • All Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations are in force for this zone.

Deer Zone 2 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates in Zone 2:

    • Archery: Active from September 23, 2023, through to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Two periods, October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun Seasons: Split into November 11-December 3 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 2 Bag Limits:

    • A hunter can harvest a total of five deer, with a cap of two antlered bucks.
    • Permissible to take two antlered bucks with any legally sanctioned method.
    • Archery hunters may target up to five antlerless deer.
    • Combining muzzleloader and modern gun, hunters can take up to three antlerless deer.
  • Essential Notes for Zone 2 Hunters:

    • The use of dogs for hunting deer is not permitted.
    • No restrictions on the points for antlered deer; hunters may take bucks of any antler size.
    • Button bucks are regarded as antlerless; however, they must be reported specifically as such.
    • Button buck harvests do not count against the antlered buck limit.
    • All Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) protocols must be followed.
  • Special Considerations Involving Research Deer:

    • Hunters may encounter deer with collars or ear tags due to research activities.
    • These tagged research deer are eligible for legal harvest.
    • Upon harvesting a research deer, it must be tagged and checked according to standard procedure.
    • Hunters must report the harvest of research deer within 12 hours by calling 833-289-2469.

Deer Zone 3 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates for Zone 3:

    • Archery: The season starts on September 23, 2023, and concludes on February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Available in two periods, from October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Planned for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Occurs on November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Two seasons spanning November 11-December 3 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 3:

    • Hunters are limited to five deer, of which no more than two can be bucks.
    • Hunters can take antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun, up to two in total.
    • There's a cap of five antlerless deer for archery enthusiasts.
    • For muzzleloader and modern gun harvests combined, up to three antlerless deer can be taken.
  • Specific Regulations for Zone 3:

    • Hunting deer with dogs is strictly prohibited in this zone.
    • Antler point restrictions vary within the zone: No restrictions apply in CWD counties, whereas, in other counties, legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are categorized as antlerless deer but need to be checked in specifically as button bucks.
    • Harvesting button bucks will not count toward the limit of two antlered bucks allotted to hunters.
  • CWD Considerations:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations are enforced in Baxter, Boone, Independence, Marion, and Randolph counties within Zone 3.

Deer Zone 4 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates in Zone 4:

    • Archery: Active from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Season is closed for this zone.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Set for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Takes place November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Two stages; November 11-19 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 4 - Outside CWD Management Zone:

    • Hunters may take three deer, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Up to two bucks can be harvested with archery or modern gun.
    • A maximum of three does are permitted with archery.
    • Only one doe can be harvested with a modern gun.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 4 - Inside CWD Management Zone (Jackson and Randolph County):

    • Limit is set at three deer, with a cap of two antlered bucks.
    • Hunters are allowed to take two antlered bucks with either archery or modern gun.
    • For archery, up to three antlerless deer can be taken.
    • One antlerless deer is permitted with a modern gun.
  • Specific Zone 4 Regulations:

    • The use of dogs for hunting deer is prohibited.
    • Outside the CWD Management Zone, bucks must be button bucks or have a minimum of three points on one side.
    • Inside the CWD Management Zone, there are no antler point restrictions.
    • Special modern gun regulations are in effect throughout Zone 4.
  • Buck Limit Considerations:

    • Button bucks count towards a hunter's buck limit outside the CWD Management Zone.
    • Button bucks do not count towards a hunter's buck limit inside the CWD Management Zone.
  • CWD Measures for Zone 4:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations are enforced in Jackson and Randolph counties within Zone 4.

Deer Zone 4A Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 4A:

    • Archery: Spanning September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Open during October 21-29 and December 16-18, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Set for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Occurring November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Available from November 11 to December 10 and again from December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 4A Bag Limit:

    • Hunters are permitted a total of three deer, with a maximum of two bucks.
    • Options for taking two bucks include archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Up to three does may be harvested through archery.
    • A combined total of two does can be taken with muzzleloader and modern gun.
  • Key Regulations in Zone 4A:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is strictly banned in this zone.
    • Legally harvestable bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side.
    • Harvesting button bucks contributes towards a hunter's buck limit in Zone 4A.

Deer Zone 5 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates in Zone 5:

    • Archery: Starts September 23, 2023, and ends February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Season is closed in this zone.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Takes place December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Runs from November 11-19 and resumes December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 5 Bag Limit:

    • A total limit of three deer, with no more than two bucks.
    • Hunters may take two bucks with either archery or modern gun.
    • Up to three does permitted with archery.
    • One doe can be taken with a modern gun.
  • Important Regulations for Zone 5:

    • The hunting of deer with dogs is not permitted.
    • Bucks must be button bucks or have a minimum of three points on one side to be legal.
    • Special restrictions are in place for modern gun use.
    • Button bucks count towards the limit of two bucks for hunters in this zone.

 

Deer Zone 5A Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 5A:

    • Archery: Active from September 23, 2023, until February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Two hunting periods, October 21-29 and December 16-18, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Occurs on November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Two stages; November 11 to December 10 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 5A:

    • Hunters are allowed three deer in total, with up to two being bucks.
    • Up to two bucks can be taken using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • A maximum of three does with archery is permitted.
    • Combining muzzleloader and modern gun, two does may be harvested.
  • Essential Zone 5A Regulations:

    • The use of dogs for deer hunting is prohibited.
    • To qualify as legal, bucks must either be button bucks or have at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks contribute to the hunter's two-buck limit in Zone 5A.

Deer Zone 6 Season Details for 2022-23

  • 2022-23 Deer Season Dates for Zone 6:

    • Archery Season: Opens September 23, 2023, and closes February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader Season: Available October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Set for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Takes place on November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun Season: November 11 to December 3, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 6 Bag Limit:

    • The total bag limit is five deer, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Hunters can take two antlered bucks using any legal hunting method.
    • Archery hunters may take up to five antlerless deer.
    • A combination of muzzleloader and modern gun can yield up to three antlerless deer.
  • Zone 6 Notable Regulations:

    • Dogs are permitted for hunting deer from November 11 to December 3, 2023.
    • CWD counties within Zone 6 do not impose antler point harvest restrictions. However, other counties require legal bucks to be either button bucks or have a minimum of three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are counted as antlerless and should be checked in as such.
    • Button bucks do not count towards the buck limit of a hunter in this zone.
  • CWD Protocols and Research Deer in Zone 6:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations are enforced in Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Madison, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, and Washington counties.
    • Collared or ear-tagged deer part of ongoing research are considered legal to harvest.
    • Hunters must tag and report the harvest of research deer as mandated and contact 833-289-2469 within 12 hours post-harvest.

Deer Zone 7 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates in Zone 7:

    • Archery: From September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Active October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Available November 11 to December 3, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 7 Bag Limit:

    • Hunters can harvest a total of five deer, with a limit of two bucks.
    • Up to two antlered bucks may be taken using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • A maximum of five antlerless deer is allowed with archery.
    • Hunters can take up to three antlerless deer with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • Deer Hunting Regulations for Zone 7:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permissible from November 11 to December 3, 2023.
    • Antler point restrictions: In CWD counties there are no restrictions, but other counties in the zone require button bucks or bucks with at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are considered antlerless and need to be checked as button bucks.
    • Harvested button bucks do not count towards the buck limit in this zone.
  • CWD Management in Zone 7:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations are in effect in Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian, and Yell counties.

Deer Zone 8 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates for Zone 8:

    • Archery: Operates from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Available October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Active from November 11 to December 3, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limits in Zone 8:

    • The total bag limit is five deer, with no more than two bucks.
    • Hunters are permitted to take two antlered bucks with archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Archery enthusiasts can harvest up to five antlerless deer.
    • Muzzleloader and modern gun can be used to take a combined total of three antlerless deer.
  • Zone 8 Hunting Regulations:

    • Dogs are allowed for deer hunting from November 11 to December 3, 2023.
    • Buck harvest restrictions vary: No antler point restrictions in CWD counties, whereas other counties in the zone require either button bucks or bucks with at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are accounted for as antlerless deer but must be checked accordingly.
    • Button bucks do not contribute to the two-buck limit in this zone.
  • CWD Measures in Zone 8:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations apply in Independence, Jackson, Johnson, Pope, and Van Buren counties.

Deer Zone 9 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates in Zone 9:

    • Archery: Available from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Held on October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Active from November 11 to December 17, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 9 - Outside CWD Management Zone:

    • Hunters may harvest up to four deer, with a maximum of two bucks.
    • Permissible to take two bucks with various methods: archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Up to four does with archery.
    • Combination of muzzleloader and modern gun allows for the harvest of two does.
  • Bag Limits for Zone 9 - Inside CWD Management Zone (Jackson County):

    • Total deer limit stands at four, with no more than two being antlered bucks.
    • Hunters can take two antlered bucks with any of the permitted methods.
    • Archery hunters may take up to four antlerless deer.
    • Combined muzzleloader and modern gun hunts may yield two antlerless deer.
  • Zone 9 Hunting Notes:

    • Hunting with dogs is not permitted for deer.
    • In non-CWD areas, legal bucks are defined as button bucks or those with at least three points on one side. There are no antler restrictions within the CWD Management Zone.
    • Button bucks count towards a hunter's buck limit outside the CWD Management Zone, but not inside it.
  • CWD Protocols in Zone 9:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations are enforced in Jackson County for Zone 9.

Deer Zone 10 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates for Zone 10:

    • Archery Season: September 23, 2023, through February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader Season: October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun Season: November 11-December 3 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 10 Bag Limit:

    • A limit of five deer total, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Hunters can harvest two antlered bucks with any weapon: archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Archery hunters are allowed to take up to five antlerless deer.
    • When using muzzleloader and modern gun, up to three antlerless deer may be taken in combination.
  • Regulations for Zone 10:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permitted from November 11 to December 3, 2023.
    • Legal bucks must either be button bucks or bucks with at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are categorized as antlerless deer but have to be reported specifically as button bucks.
    • Harvesting button bucks does not affect the limit of two bucks per hunter in Zone 10.

Deer Zone 11 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates in Zone 11:

    • Archery: From September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Scheduled for October 21-29 and December 9-11, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Occurs December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Active from November 11 to December 3, and again on December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limit for Zone 11:

    • The overall limit is five deer, with no more than two bucks.
    • Allowed to harvest two antlered bucks using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Archery hunters may take up to five antlerless deer.
    • Combining muzzleloader and modern gun, three antlerless deer may be taken.
  • Key Hunting Regulations for Zone 11:

    • The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed from November 11 to December 3, 2023.
    • Within CWD counties, there are no antler point restrictions for harvests. In other counties, legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side.
    • Button bucks are considered antlerless deer but need to be checked in as button bucks.
    • Button bucks do not contribute to the buck limit for hunters in Zone 11.
  • CWD Management in Zone 11:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) protocols must be observed in Logan, Scott, Sebastian, and Yell counties.

Deer Zone 12 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 12:

    • Archery Season: From September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader Season: Held on October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Taking place on November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun Season: From November 11 to December 17, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 12 Bag Limit - Outside CWD Management Zone:

    • Maximum of five deer, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Hunters may harvest two bucks with archery, muzzleloader or modern gun.
    • Allowed to take up to five does with archery.
    • Five does can be harvested with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • Zone 12 Bag Limit - Inside CWD Management Zone (Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties):

    • Total deer limit is five, with up to two antlered bucks.
    • Two antlered bucks can be taken using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Permissible to take five antlerless deer with archery.
    • Five antlerless deer may also be taken with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • Essential Hunting Notes for Zone 12:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permitted from November 11 to December 17, 2023.
    • In areas outside the CWD Management Zone, bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side. Within the zone, no antler restrictions apply.
    • Button bucks count towards the buck limit outside of the CWD Management Zone but do not count inside it.
  • CWD Protocols in Zone 12:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations are in effect in Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties.

Deer Zone 13 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates in Zone 13:

    • Archery: Scheduled from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Available on October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Set for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Active from November 11 to December 17, and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Bag Limit for Zone 13:

    • A total of five deer are allowed, with up to two bucks.
    • Two antlered bucks may be taken using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Archery hunters can harvest up to five antlerless deer.
    • Muzzleloader and modern gun hunters can take a combined total of three antlerless deer.
  • Regulations in Zone 13:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permissible from November 11 to December 17, 2023.
    • Legal bucks must be button bucks or have a minimum of three points on one side of their rack.
    • Button bucks are treated as antlerless deer but have to be checked in specifically as button bucks.
    • Button bucks do not count towards the hunter's buck limit in Zone 13.

Deer Zone 14 Season Details for 2023-24

  • Deer Season Dates for Zone 14:

    • Archery: Begins September 23, 2023, and ends February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Open October 21-29 and again on December 16-18, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: November 11 to December 10 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 14 Bag Limit:

    • Hunters can take up to four deer, with a maximum of two bucks.
    • Permitted to harvest two bucks across archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Up to four does may be taken with archery.
    • A combined total of two does is allowed with muzzleloader and modern gun.
  • Key Zone 14 Regulations:

    • Hunting with dogs is authorized from November 11 to December 10, 2023.
    • To be a legal buck, deer must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side of their rack.
    • Button bucks do count towards the hunter’s total buck limit in Zone 14.

Deer Zone 15 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates in Zone 15:

    • Archery: Open from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Available during October 21-29 and December 16-18, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled from December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Split into two segments, November 11 to December 10 and December 26-28, 2023.
  • Zone 15 Bag Limit:

    • Maximum allowable deer is four, with up to two being bucks.
    • Two bucks may be taken across archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun methods.
    • Four does permitted with archery.
    • The combination of muzzleloader and modern gun allows for the taking of two does.
  • Zone 15 Hunting Regulations:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permitted from November 11 to December 10, 2023.
    • Bucks must be button bucks or have at least three points on one side to be deemed legal.
    • Button bucks contribute to the hunter's overall limit of two bucks in this zone.

Deer Zone 16 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 16:

    • Archery: Runs from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Open on October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless-only Modern Gun Hunt: Scheduled for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Set for November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Continuous from November 11 to December 28, 2023.
  • Bag Limit for Zone 16:

    • Hunters are limited to a total of four deer, with no more than two bucks.
    • Two bucks may be harvested using archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Four does are allowed to be taken with archery.
    • A combination of muzzleloader and modern gun may yield two does.
  • Zone 16 Hunting Regulations:

    • Hunting with dogs is not permitted for deer in this zone.
    • Legal bucks must be either button bucks or have antlers with at least a 15-inch inside spread or an 18-inch main beam.
    • Button bucks count towards the hunter’s buck limit in Zone 16.

Deer Zone 16A Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates in Zone 16A:

    • Archery: From September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: On October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Hunt: December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Continuous from November 11 to December 28, 2023.
  • Bag Limit Zone 16A - Outside CWD Management Zone:

    • A total of four deer, with no more than two being bucks.
    • Two bucks can be harvested with archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Four does permitted with archery.
    • Two does may be taken with muzzleloader and modern gun combined.
  • Bag Limit Zone 16A - Inside CWD Management Zone (Ashley County):

    • Also four deer in total, with a cap of two antlered bucks.
    • Hunters may take two antlered bucks using any authorized method.
    • Up to four antlerless deer with archery.
    • Two antlerless deer combined with muzzleloader and modern gun.
  • Zone 16A Specific Regulations:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is authorized from November 11 to December 28, 2023.
    • Outside the CWD Management Zone, bucks must be button bucks or have a minimum 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam. Inside the zone, there are no antler restrictions.
    • Button bucks affect the buck limit outside the CWD Zone and do not count within it.
  • CWD Protocols in Zone 16A:

    • Chronic Wasting Disease regulations are strictly enforced in Ashley County.

Deer Zone 17 Season Details for 2023-24

  • 2023-24 Deer Season Dates for Zone 17:

    • Archery: Active from September 23, 2023, to February 29, 2024.
    • Muzzleloader: Scheduled for October 21-29, 2023.
    • Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Deer Hunt: Set for December 29-31, 2023.
    • Special Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Occurs November 4-5, 2023, and January 6-7, 2024.
    • Modern Gun: Available from November 11 to December 28, 2023.
  • Zone 17 Bag Limit:

    • Hunters may harvest up to five deer, with a maximum of two bucks.
    • Up to two bucks can be taken with archery, muzzleloader, or modern gun.
    • Included is the possibility to take five does with archery.
    • Muzzleloader and modern gun hunters can also combine to take up to five does.
  • Specific Zone 17 Hunting Regulations:

    • Deer hunting with dogs is permitted from November 11 to December 28, 2023.
    • To be considered a legal buck, it must be either a button buck or have antlers with a minimum inside spread of 15 inches or main beam of 18 inches.
    • Button bucks count towards the hunter’s buck limit in Zone 17.
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