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Arkansas Bear Hunting Summary

Hunting black bear in Arkansas can be one of the most exciting and challenging outdoor extravaganza's a sportsman can pursue. That being said, there hasn't been a better time in the last 100 years in Arkansas to harvest a big bruin. Bear hunting evokes a frequency inside the hunter that can't be matched by any other game species. They simply are amazing animals - intelligent, cunning and beautiful - and the icon of true wilderness. Perhaps this is what draws us to hunt them. The wild places that we must go to hunt bear, combined with their intrigue make a bear hunt hard to replace.

The Arkansas season typically begins in Bear Zone 2, in the Ouachitas on September 15th, with an archery opener. Bear Zone 1 and the other open zones in the Delta open on October 1st. The bear season typically stays open until the end of November. Each licensed hunter is limited to one bear, and some zones are subject to quotas. The record harvest for bears in Arkansas was in 2009 when 530 bears were harvested - 430 came from the Ozarks and 130 came from the Ouachitas.

Be sure to check for current season regulations.