RULE 002.00.02-008 - 2002-2003 Statewide and WMA Hunting Regulations; Approved 2002-2003 Hunting Seasons and Code Proposals; 2002-2003 Late Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; 2003 Fishing Regulations; Increase Non-Resident Trout Permit

RULE 002.00.02-008. 2002-2003 Statewide and WMA Hunting Regulations; Approved 2002-2003 Hunting Seasons and Code Proposals; 2002-2003 Late Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; 2003 Fishing Regulations; Increase Non-Resident Trout Permit

02.09 COYOTE HUNTING SEASON. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take coyotes other than from September 1, 2002 - March 1, 2003, dogs allowed; and May 15 - June 13, 2003, no dogs.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Dogs allowed during modern gun deer season where dogs are lawful to run deer.

(2) Dogs allowed during furbearing hunting and trapping season.

(3) May be taken without the use of dogs during daylight hours of the spring turkey seasons, except on areas open to special youth turkey hunts (Ref. 23.02). No limit.

(4) In compliance with Commission Code 18.09 (Depredation Permit).

(5) In compliance with Commission Code 18.17 (Wildlife Pet Restrictions).

(6) In compliance with Commission Code 10.04 (Nuisance Animal Trapping Requirements).

(7) While committing damage to domestic animals or personal property.

(8) Coyote season closed on Bell Slough WMA, Camp Robinson WMA except during furbearer season; closed on Ed Gordon/Point Remove WMA except during other hunting seasons; open only to permit holders during permit deer seasons on Harold E. Alexander/Spring River WMA, closed on Hope Upland and Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie WMA except open Tuesdays, daylight hours only during the statewide furbearing season.

(9) In compliance with Commission Code 10.15, Live Fox and Coyote Buying and Selling Restrictions.

(10) Only shotguns with shot legal for turkey may be used during open turkey season.

(11) In compliance with Commission Code 18.02 Night Hunting Prohibited.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

02.13 ARKANSAS WILDLIFE HARVEST RECORDING AND CHECKING REQUIREMENTS. It shall be unlawful to fail to comply with the following provisions:

(A) Upon taking each deer, turkey, or bear, every hunter shall immediately tear or cut out the notch next to the appropriate printed line on his/her "Record of Game" (included on Commission - issued universal license form). Further, said hunter shall immediately write legibly in ink, providing information requested by blank spaces on "Record of Game" in true and accurate form.

(B) Upon taking each deer, turkey, or bear (See Exception No. 3 below), every hunter shall, within 24 hours and prior to removal from zone where taken, transport entire carcass of said game to an Official Wildlife Check Station or Commission employee for the purpose of checking. Said hunter shall provide information requested by check station. Game may be field dressed prior to checking, but evidence of sex must remain until checked.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Non-resident hunters under sixteen years of age, who purchase an appropriate license upon taking said game, are exempted from immediately complying with provisions of (A) above. Ref Code 3.03 Hunting License Requirements, Exception (2).

(2) Resident hunters under sixteen years of age and holders of lifetime hunting licenses are exempted from the provisions of (A) above.

(3) Black bears should be checked within 24 hours after harvest at any designated wildlife check station in the county where the bear was killed. Hunters are required to extract a first upper or lower premolar from the carcass and give to the check station operator for age determination.

(4) Elk must be checked within 12 hours at a designated elk check station or by a designated Commission employee. Elk may be quartered in the field to prevent spoilage due to difficulties resulting from large animals taken in remote areas. Evidence of sex must remain until checked and the animal's head must be presented for checking.

(5) Black bears and deer may be quartered in the field to prevent spoilage due to difficulties resulting from large animals taken in remote areas.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

04.04 WEAPON AND SHOT RESTRICTIONS FOR TAKING WILD TURKEY. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take wild turkey with the use of rifles, muzzle-loading rifles, or pistols, shotguns larger than 10 gauge or shot larger than 4 No. 2 common shot (.15 inch in diameter).

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

05.06 FLOOD PRONE REGIONS

Flood Prone A: From Jonesboro take Arkansas Hwy 1 south to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 1 and U.S. Hwy 64; west on U.S. Hwy 64 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 64 and U.S. Hwy 49; north on U.S. Hwy 49 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 49 and Arkansas Hwy 42; west on Arkansas Hwy 42 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 42 and Arkansas Hwy 37; north on Arkansas Hwy 37 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 37 and Arkansas Hwy 14; east on Arkansas Hwy 14 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 14 and Arkansas Hwy 37; north on Arkansas Hwy 37 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 37 and Arkansas Hwy 18; west on Arkansas Hwy 18 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 18 and Arkansas Hwy 384; south on Arkansas Hwy 384 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 384 and U.S. Hwy 67; north on U.S. Hwy 67 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 67 and Arkansas Hwy 230; east on Arkansas Hwy 230 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 230 and Arkansas Hwy 91; south on Arkansas Hwy 91 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 91 and Arkansas Hwy 18; south on Arkansas Hwy 18 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 18 and Arkansas Hwy 226; east on Arkansas Hwy 226 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 226 and U.S. Hwy 49; U.S. Hwy 49 north to the junction of US Hwy 49 and U.S. Hwy 63; east on US Hwy 63 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 63 and Arkansas Hwy 1.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Region A will be closed to all deer hunting when the Cache River gauge at Patterson reaches 12 feet. This restriction shall be lifted when the Cache River gauge at Patterson falls to or below 11 feet. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

FLOOD PRONE REGION B - Beginning at the junction of Hwy 17 and 67 south of Newport; south on Hwy 67 to Arkansas Hwy 36; southeast to Hwy 36 to Arkansas Hwy 323; south on Hwy 323 to Arkansas Hwy 11; south on Hwy 11 to Arkansas Hwy 38; east on Hwy 38 to Arkansas Hwy 33; north on Hwy 33 to Arkansas Hwy 17; north on Hwy 17 to U.S. Hwy 67.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Region B will be closed to all deer hunting when the White River gauge at Augusta reaches 31 feet. This restriction will be lifted when the White River gauge at Augusta falls below 30 feet and the White River gauge at Georgetown falls to or below 19 feet.

BOTH CONDITIONS MUST EXIST AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE REGION TO BE OPENED. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

FLOOD PRONE REGION C - Beginning at the junction of U.S. Hwy 49 and Arkansas Hwy 38; west on Arkansas Hwy 38 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 38 and Arkansas Hwy 33; north on Arkansas Hwy 33 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 33 and U.S. Hwy 64; west on U.S. Hwy 64 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 64 and Arkansas Hwy 33; north on Arkansas Hwy 33 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 33 and Arkansas Hwy 17; north Arkansas Hwy 17 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 17 and U.S. Hwy 67; north on U.S. Hwy 67 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 67 and Arkansas Hwy 384; east on Arkansas Hwy 384 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 384 and Arkansas Hwy 18; east on Arkansas Hwy 18 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 18 and Arkansas Hwy 37; south on Arkansas Hwy 37 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 37 and Arkansas Hwy 14; west on Arkansas Hwy 14 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 14 and Arkansas Hwy 37; south on Arkansas 37 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 37 and Arkansas Hwy 42; east on Arkansas Hwy 42 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 42 and U.S. Hwy 49; south on U.S. Hwy 49 to the junction of U.S. Hwy 49 and Arkansas Hwy 38.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Regions C will be closed to all deer hunting when the Cache River gauge at Patterson reaches 11 feet. This restriction shall be lifted when the Cache River gauge at Patterson falls to or below 9.5 feet. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

FLOOD PRONE REGION D - Beginning at the junction of Arkansas Hwy 11 and Arkansas Hwy 38 at Des Arc; east on Hwy 38 to U.S. Hwy 49; south on Hwy 49 to U.S. Hwy 70; south on Hwy 70 to Arkansas Hwy 302; south on Hwy 302 to U.S. Hwy 79; southwest on Hwy 79 to Arkansas Hwy 33; west and north on Hwy 33 to U.S. Hwy 70; west on Hwy 70 to Arkansas Hwy 11; north on Hwy 11 to Arkansas Hwy 38.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Regions D will be closed to all deer hunting when the White River gauge at Clarendon reaches 28 feet. This restriction will be lifted when the White River Gauge at Clarendon falls to or below 27 feet. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

FLOOD PRONE REGION E - Beginning at the junction of Arkansas Hwy 1 and Arkansas Hwy 153, 6 miles west of St. Charles; north on Arkansas Hwy 153 to the junction of Arkansas Hwy 33; north on Arkansas Hwy 33 to Roe; northeast on U.S. Hwy 79 to Arkansas Hwy 86; then south on Arkansas Hwy 86 to Holly Grove; south on Arkansas Hwy 17 to Arkansas Hwy 1; southwest on Arkansas Hwy 1 to junction of Arkansas Hwy 153 west of St. Charles.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Region E will be closed to all deer hunting when the White River gauge at St. Charles reaches 26 feet. This restriction will be lifted when the White River gauge at St. Charles falls to or below 23.5 feet. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

FLOOD PRONE REGION F - Beginning at the Pendleton Bridge on the Arkansas River; north on U. S. Hwy 165 to DeWitt; northeast on Arkansas Hwy 1 to Arkansas Hwy 316; east on Arkansas Hwy 316 to Arkansas Hwy 318; south on Hwy 318 to Arkansas Hwy 20; east on Arkansas Hwy 20 to Elaine; south on Arkansas Hwy 85 to Snow Lake; southwest along the Missouri Pacific Railroad to Benzol Bridge on White River; downstream on the main channel of the White River to the White River Cut-Off; then south on the White River Cut-Off to the Arkansas River; upstream on the main channel of the Arkansas River to the Pendleton Bridge.

Conditions for Closing: Flood Prone Region F will be closed to all deer hunting when the White River gauge at St. Charles reaches 23.5 feet and the gauge at Lock and Dam #1 on the Arkansas River has reached 145 feet m.s.l. BOTH CONDITIONS MUST EXIST AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE REGION TO BE CLOSED. This restriction will be lifted when the White River gauge at St. Charles falls to or below 21.5 feet and the gauge at Lock and Dam #1 on the Arkansas River falls to or below 143 feet m.s.l. BOTH CONDITIONS MUST EXIST AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE REGION TO BE OPENED. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

BLACK RIVER FLOOD PRONE REGION - Beginning at the junction of State Hwy 62 and State Hwy 67 at Pocahontas, go south on State Hwy 67 to the junction of State Hwy 304, go east on Hwy 304 to the junction of State Hwy 304 and State Hwy 90 at Delaplaine, go north on State Hwy 90 to the junction of State Hwy 90 and State Hwy 135, go north on State Hwy 135 to the junction of Hwy 135 and State Hwy 162, go west on State Hwy 62 to the junction of State Hwy 62 and State Hwy 67 at Corning, go south on State Hwy 67 to the junction of State Hwy 67 and State Hwy 62 at Pocahontas.

Conditions for Closing: Black River Flood Prone Region will be closed to all deer hunting when the Black River gauge at Coming exceeds 11 feet and will remain closed until the Coming gauge falls below 9.5 feet. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

ST. FRANCIS RIVER FLOOD PRONE REGION - Beginning at Marked Tree and go north on State Hwy 140 to the junction of State Hwy 135 at Lepanto, then north on State Hwy 135 to the junction of State Hwy 18 at Black Oak, then north to the junction of State Hwy 139 at Monette, then north to the Arkansas-Missouri State line, then north along the Arkansas-Missouri State line to the junction of U.S. Hwy 412, then west to State Hwy 135, then south on State Hwy 135 to the junction of State Hwy 18 and State Hwy 158, then south on State Hwy 158 to the junction of State Hwy 69 and U.S. Hwy 63 at Trumann, then south on U.S. Hwy 63 to Payneway, then east to the junction of U.S. Hwy 63 and State Hwy 140 at Marked Tree.

Conditions for Closing: St. Francis River Flood Prone Region will be closed to all deer hunting when the St. Francis River gauge at Oak Donnick reaches 216 MSL and shall remain closed until the Oak Donnick gauge falls below 215 MSL. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

SHIREY BAY/RAINEY BRAKE FLOOD PRONE ZONE - State Hwy 25 at Powhatan; south on Hwy 25 to Strawberry River then downstream to the confluence of Strawberry River and Black River, then upstream on Black River to the mouth of Big Running Water Creek then upstream on Big Running Water Creek to Clover Bend then north from Clover Bend on hard surface county road to Powhatan.

Conditions for Closing: Shirey Bay/Rainey Brake Flood Prone Zone will be closed to all deer hunting when the Black River gauge at Black Rock reaches 23.0 and will reopen when the Black River gauge at Black Rock falls below 19.0. Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures can be obtained by calling AGFC toll free and by accessing the AGFC website @ agfc.com.

05.09 NORTHWEST CANADA GOOSE ZONE:

Benton, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Washington, Madison, Newton, Searcy, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Van Buren, Sebastian, Logan, Conway, Faulkner, Scott, Yell, Perry, and Pulaski counties.

12.20 CANADA GOOSE SEASON RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take Canada geese other than from October 5-14, 2002 in the Northwest Canada Goose Zone and from January 9-31, 2003 statewide. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset statewide.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge is closed.

2. All parks administered by the Corps of Engineers (except Lead Hill Park on Bull Shoals) are closed.

PENALTY: $200.00 to $1,000.00.

12.25 SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT RESTRICTIONS It shall be unlawful for anyone other than youths, 15 years of age or younger, to hunt ducks, mergansers, and coots during the special youth waterfowl hunt on. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 18 years of age or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 21 years of age or older. Mentors may not hunt ducks, mergansers or coots but may, if properly licensed, hunt other game in season. All Commission owned Waterfowl Rest Areas, except the WRA on Ed Gordon/Point Remove WMA, are open to youth hunting during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as the regular waterfowl season.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

18.18 WATERFOWL HUNTING RESTRICTIONS ON LAKES CATHERINE, HAMILTON AND HARRIS BRAKE. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take any migratory waterfowl from any watercraft or other floating device on Lake Catherine in Garland/Hot Spring Counties, Lake Hamilton in Garland County, and Harris Brake Lake in Perry County or to take or attempt to take any migratory waterfowl within 1000 feet of any residence, dwelling or occupied structure on Lake Catherine or Lake Hamilton.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

20.35 RESTRICTIONS ON ALL NATURAL AREA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS. It shall be unlawful to construct, build, fabricate, install, place, attach or occupy a permanent hunting stand or camp on any of the natural area wildlife management areas. It is also be unlawful to have a motorized vehicle or horse on any of the natural areas wildlife management areas.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

24.04 SQUIRREL SEASONS RESTRICTED ON CERTAIN WMAs. It shall be unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess squirrel within the following WMAs, other than as specified herein:

(A) September 7 - October 31, 2002 within Big Lake NWR and J. Perry Mikles/Blue Mountain WDA.

(B) September 7 - 22, 2002 and May 10-June 12, 2003 within Camp Robinson WDA.

(C) October 5, 2002-February 28, 2003 within Hope Upland WMA and Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie WMAs (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only).

(D) October 5, 2002 - January 31, 2003 within Felsenthal, Pond Creek and Overflow NWRs.

(E) October 1 - November 30, 2002 within Wapanocca NWR.

(F) September 7 - November 30, 2002 within White River NWR (South Unit) and September 7, 2002-January 31, 2003 within White River NWR (North Unit).

(G) October 5, 2002 - February 28, 2003 within Trusten Holder WMA.

(H) September 7, 2002-February 28, 2003 within BALD KNOB NWR, BAYOU DES ARC WMA, BAYOU METO WMA, BEAVER LAKE WMA, BELL SLOUGH WMA, BENSON CREEK NATURAL AREA, BIG CREEK NATURAL AREA, BIG CREEK WMA, BIG LAKE WMA, BLUE MOUNTAIN WMA, BREWER LAKE/CYPRESS CREEK, BRUSHY CREEK WMA, BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER WMA, CACHE RIVER NWR, CAMP ROBINSON WMA, CANEY CREEK WMA, CATTAIL MARSH WMA, CEDAR CREEK WMA, CHEROKEE WMA, CHEROKEE PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, CHESNEY PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, COVE CREEK NATURAL AREA, CYPRESS BAYOU WMA, DAGMAR WMA, DARDANELLE WMA, DAVE DONALDSON/BLACK RIVER WMA, DEPARTEE CREEK WMA, DEVILS' KNOB NATURAL AREA, EARL BUSS/BAYOU DEVIEW WMA, ED GORDON/POINT REMOVE WMA, EHTEL WMA, FT. CHAFFEE WMA, GALEA CREEK WMA, GENE RUSH WMA, GREERS FERRY LAKE WMA, GULF MOUNTAIN WMA, HE. FLANAGAN PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, HAROLD E. ALEXANDER/SPRING RIVER WMA, HARRIS BRAKE WMA, HENRY GRAY/HURRICANE LAKE WMA, HOBBS SMA, HOLLAND BOTTOMS WMA, IRON MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA, JAMESTOWN/INDEPENDENCE COUNTY WMA, JIM KRESS WMA, JONES POINT WMA, LEE COUNTY WMA, LOAFER'S GLORY WMA, MADISON COUNTY WMA, MOUNT MAGAZINE WMA, MUDDY CREEK WMA, NIMROD WMA, NORFORK LAKE WMA, OZARK LAKE WMA, OZARK NATIONAL FOREST WMA, PINE CITY NATURAL AREA, PETIT JEAN RIVER WMA, PINEY CREEKS WMA, PRAIRIE BAYOU WMA, RAILROAD PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, RAINEY WMA, REX HANCOCK/BLACK SWAMP WMA, RING SLOUGH WMA, RIVER BEND WMA, ROBERT L. HANKINS/MUD CREEK WDA WMA, ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST WMA, ST. FRANCIS SUNKEN LANDS WMA, SEARCY COUNTY WMA, SHRIEY BAY/RAINEY BRAKE WMA, SMOKE HOLE NATURAL AREA, STATELINE SANDPONDS NATURAL AREA, STEVE N. WILSON/RAFT CREEK BOTTOMS WMA, SWEDEN CREEK NATURAL AREA, SYLAMORE WMA, U OF A PINE TREE EXPERIMENTAL STATION WDA, W.E. BREWER/SCATTER CREEK WMA, WATTENSAW WMA, WEDINGTON WMA, WHITEHALL WMA, WHITE ROCK WMA, WINONA WMA and WITTSBURG NATURAL AREA.

(I) October 5, 2002-February 28, 2003 within BERYL ANTHONY/LOWER OUACHITA WMA, BIG TIMBER WMA, BLEVINS WMA, BOIS D'ARC WMA, CASEY JONES WMA, CHOCTAW ISLAND WMA, CROSSETT EXPERIMENTAL FOREST WMA, CUT-OFF CREEK WMA, FALCON BOTTOMS NATURAL AREA, GUM FLATS WMA, HOWARD COUNTY WMA, LAFAYETTE COUNTY WMA, LAKE GREESON WMA, LITTLE BAYOU WMA, LITTLE RIVER WMA, MORO CREEK BOTTOMS NATURAL AREA, NACATOCH RAVINES NATURAL AREA, OZAN WMA, PINE BLUFF ARSENAL WMA, POISON SPRINGS WMA, PROVO WMA, ROTH PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, SANDHILLS NATURAL AREA, SEVEN DEVILS WMA, SPRING BANK WMA, SULPHUR RIVER WMA, TERRE NOIRE NATURAL AREA, TRUSTEN HOLDER WMA, WARREN PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA and WHITECLIFFS NATURAL AREA.

(J) May 10-June 12, 2003 within BAYOU DES ARC WMA, BAYOU METO WMA, BEAVER LAKE WMA, BELL SLOUGH WMA, BENSON CREEK NATURAL AREA, BERYL ANTHONY/LOWER OUACHITA WMA, BIG CREEK WMA, BIG CREEK NATURAL AREA, BIG LAKE WMA, BIG TIMBER WMA, BLEVINS WMA, BLUE MOUNTAIN WMA, BOIS D'ARC WMA, BREWER LAKE/CYPRESS CREEK WMA, BRUSHY CREEK WMA, BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER WMA, CANEY CREEK WMA, CASEY JONES WMA, CATTAIL MARSH WMA, CEDAR CREEK WMA, CHEROKEE WMA, CHEROKEE PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, CHESNEY PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, CHOCTAW ISLAND WMA, COVE CREEK NATURAL AREA, CROSSETT EXPERIMENTAL FOREST WMA, CUT-OFF CREEK WMA, CYPRESS BAYOU WMA, DAGMAR WMA, DARDANELLE WMA, DAVE DONALDSON/BLACK RIVER WMA, DEPARTEE CREEK WMA, DEVILS' KNOB NATURAL AREA, EARL BUSS/BAYOU DEVIEW WMA, ED GORDON/POINT REMOVE WMA, EHTEL WMA, FALCON BOTTOMS NATURAL AREA, FT. CHAFFEE WMA, GALLA CREEK WMA, GENE RUSH WMA, GREERS FERRY LAKE WMA, GULF MOUNTAIN WMA, GUM FLATS WMA, H.E. FLANAGAN PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, HARRIS BRAKE WMA, HENRY GRAY/HURRICANE LAKE WMA, HOBBS SMA, HOLLAND BOTTOMS WMA, HOWARD COUNTY WMA, IRON MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA, J. PERRY MIKLES/BLUE MOUNTAIN WD A, JAMESTOWN/INDEPENDENCE COUNTY WMA, JIM KRESS WMA, JONES POINT WMA, LAKE GREESON WMA, LEE COUNTY WMA, LITTLE BAYOU WMA, LITTLE RIVER WMA, LOAFER'S GLORY WMA, MADISON COUNTY WMA, MORO CREEK BOTTOMS NATURAL AREA, MOUNT MAGAZINE WMA, MUDDY CREEK WMA, NACATOCH RAVINES NATURAL AREA, NIMROD WMA, NORFORK LAKE WMA, OZAN WMA, OZARK LAKE WMA, OZARK NATIONAL FOREST WMA, PETIT JEAN RIVER WMA, PINE BLUFF ARSENAL WMA, PINE CITY NATURAL AREA, PINEY CREEKS WMA, POISON SPRINGS WMA, PRAIRIE BAYOU WMA, PROVO WMA, RAILROAD PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, RAINEY WMA, REX HANCOCK/BLACK SWAMP WMA, RING SLOUGH WMA, RIVER BEND WMA, ROBERT L. HANKINS/MUD CREEK WMA, ROTH PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST WMA, ST. FRANCIS SUNKEN LANDS WMA, SEARCY COUNTY WMA, SANDHILLS NATURAL AREA, SEVEN DEVILS WMA, SHRIEY BAY/RAINEY BRAKE WMA, SMOKE HOLE NATURAL AREA, SPRING BANK WMA, STATELINE SANDPONDS NATURAL AREA, STEVE N. WILSON/RAFT CREEK BOTTOMS WMA, SULPHUR RIVER WMA, SWEDEN CREEK NATURAL AREA, SYLAMORE WMA, TERRE NOIRE NATURAL AREA, TRUSTEN HOLDER WMA, U OF A PINE TREE EXPERIMENTAL STATION WD A, WE. BREWER/SCATTER CREEK WMA, WARREN PRAIRIE NATURAL AREA, WATTENSAW WMA, WEDINGTON WMA, WHITECLIFFS NATURAL AREA, WHITEHALL WMA, WHITE ROCK WMA, WINONA WMA and WITTSBURG NATURAL AREA.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

25.01 MIGRATORY WATERFOWL SHOOTING HOUR RESTRICTIONS WITHIN CERTAIN WMAs AND WDAs. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take migratory waterfowl during migratory waterfowl seasons later than 12:00 o'clock noon on Wildlife Management Areas.

EXCEPTIONS:

(A) Migratory waterfowl hunting permitted during the entire day (regular shooting hours) of the last 3 days of the last duck season. Ref Commission code 12.15 (Duck and Coot Season Restrictions).

(B) In Compliance with 25.02, Hunting or Trespassing prohibited within Certain Waterfowl Management Areas.

(C) All day hunting allowed during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on (Ref Code 12.25 Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt Restrictions).

(D) All Commission owned Waterfowl Rest Areas are open, except the WRA on Ed Gordon/Point Remove WMA, to youth hunting during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

(E) All day hunting allowed on Beaver Lake, Dardanelle, Ft. Chaffee, Mt. Magazine and Ozark Lake WMAs.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

25.02 HUNTING OR TRESSPASSING PROHIBITED WITHIN CERTAIN WMAS, WDAS AND LAKES. It shall be unlawful to duck hunt or trespass on the following areas and lakes as specified herein:

(1) BAYOU METO - Wrape Plantation WRA is open until 12:00 noon for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays and Sundays only (permit required) during the waterfowl season although opens to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season. Halowell WRA is closed to access 30 days before the first duck season until February 15.

(2) BELL SLOUGH - Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Areas closes to access 30 days before the first duck season until 30 days after the last duck season.

(3) BIG LAKE - Mallard Lake is closed to hunting.

(4) BOIS D'ARC - Red Slough Waterfowl Rest Area is open until 12:00 noon for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays and Sundays only (permit required) during the waterfowl season although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season, open to archery deer hunting October 1-31 and open to small game hunting until October 15. Bois d'Arc Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting except open to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season. Boat motors larger than 25hp are prohibited on the Greentree Waterfowl Area, Red Slough and Little Grassy duck area.

(5) BREWER LAKE - Closed to waterfowl hunting.

(6) CAMP ROBINSON WDA - Closed to waterfowl hunting.

(7) CAMP ROBINSON WMA - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season. Duck blinds are prohibited.

(8) CASEY JONES - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season.

(9) CUT-OFF CREEK - Pigeon Creek Waterfowl Rest Area closes following the last day of the modern gun deer season until the end of the last duck season. Travel by boat is prohibited on Latin Drain, Firehunt Slough and Third Slough except during high water periods when boating access is possible to the Deep Slough Dam. In this case, boats may be used areawide, however, boat motors may only be used on Cut-Off Creek and Deep Slough.

(10) DAGMAR - Apple Lake Waterfowl Rest Area is open until 12:00 noon for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays and Sundays only (permit required) during the waterfowl season although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season.

(11) DARDANELLE - Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on that part of Big Spadra and Little Spadra Creeks lying north of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, east of Crawford Street, south of 1-40, and west of State Hwy 103 or all park boundaries, state highways and all waterfowl rest areas. Dogs, hunting or trapping devices are prohibited on Johnson County Waterfowl Rest Area and Horsehead Creek and Carbon City WRAs. The WRA closes to access during waterfowl seasons although it is open for archery deer hunting October 1-31 and February 1-28.

(12) DAVE DONALDSON/BLACK RIVER - The GTR Waterfowl Rest Area (all of Section 21, Township 11N, Range 3E lying south of Black River) is open until 12:00 noon for waterfowl hunting on Saturdays and Sundays only (permit required) during the waterfowl season although opens to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season. Hunting is not allowed on Hubble Lake during duck season. The rest area and Hubble Lake open to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season. Lake Ashbaugh is closed to hunting.

(13) ED GORDON/POINT REMOVE - The Waterfowl Rest Area is closed to all hunting and trespassing from November 15 - February 28.

(14) FT. CHAFFEE - The Ft. Chaffee Waterfowl Rest Area in Sportsmen Compartment 3 closes to access 30 days prior to the first duck season until the last duck season closes.

(15) HARRIS BRAKE - Open to waterfowl hunting only Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Hunting ends at noon although hunting all day is allowed the last three days of the last duck season. During duck season, other hunters must abide by same hours and days as duck hunters, except for those trapping and hunting furbearers at night. Only shotguns and archery equipment are allowed for hunting. Harris Brake Lake is closed to hunting.

(16) HOLLAND BOTTOMS - Lake Pickthorne Waterfowl Rest Area is closed to hunting and it closes to access 30 days prior to the first duck season until 30 days after the last duck season.

(17) LAFAYETTE COUNTY - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon on Lake Erling although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season. Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on Lick Creek area of Lake Erling (portion of lake lying west of IP road #41) except for hunting all day the last three days of last duck season.

(18) LITTLE BAYOU - Closed to waterfowl hunting.

(19) NIMROD - Nimrod Waterfowl Rest Area is closed to waterfowl hunting except during the last three days of the last duck season.

(20) PETIT JEAN RIVER WMA - Waterfowl impoundments are closed to trespass from one hour after sunset until 4:00 a.m.

(21) RICK EVANS/GRANDVIEW PRAIRIE - Waterfowl hunting closed on all lakes and ponds.

(22) SHIREY BAY/RAINEY BRAKE - The waterfowl rest area in Sections 7 and 8, T13N, R2W; Sections 21 and 28, T16N, R2W; Section 3, T15N, R2W; and Section 32, T16N, R2W closes to hunting 14 days prior to and during duck season although opens to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season.

(23) ST. FRANCIS NATIONAL FOREST - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon. Boat motors over 10 hp are prohibited.

(24) ST. FRANCIS SUNKEN LANDS - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon although hunting is allowed all day the last three days of the last duck season. The Sections 8,9,16 and 17, T11N, R6E is closed to hunting 30 days prior to and during duck season. Rest areas open to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season.

(25) SULPHUR RIVER - Henry Moore Waterfowl Rest Area closes to access September 1 - February 28, but opens to hunting all day the last three days of the last duck season and to archery deer season October 1-31.

(26) LAKE CONWAY - Closed to waterfowl hunting, except on the Pierce Creek and Dixs Creek Bays. Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(27) CANE CREEK LAKE (Lincoln County) - Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(28) U OF A PINE TREE EXPERIMENTAL STATION WDA -North of Hwy. 306 closed to all trespassing during waterfowl season.

(29) Lake Pickthorne - Closed to waterfowl hunting.

PENALTY: $200.00 to $1,000.00.

Approved 2002-2003 Late Migratory Bird Season and Code

Duck, Coot and Merganser(12.15, 12.17)

November 23-December 8, 2002 and December 14, 2002-January 26, 2003.

Canvasback(12.15)

Closed.

Pintail(12.15)

November 23-29, 2002 and January 4-26, 2003.

Snow, Blue and Ross' Goose(12.18)

November 7, 2002-January 31 2003. Conservation Order: February 3-April 30, 2003.

White-Fronted Goose(12.18)

November 7, 2002-January 31, 2003.

Canada Goose(05.09, 12.20)

Northwest Canada Goose Zone

October 5-14, 2002.

Statewide

January 9-31, 2003.

Extended Falconry(12.23)

December 9-13, 2002 and January 27-February 28, 2003.

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt(12.25)

February 1-2, 2003.

12.15 DUCK, COOT AND MERGANSER SEASON RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take ducks or coots other than from November 23-December 8, 2002 and December 14, 2002-January 26, 2003.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Ducks, mergansers and coots may be taken during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on February 1-2, 2003 (Ref Code 12.25 Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt Restrictions).

(2) Canvasbacks are closed.

(3) Canvasbacks may not be taken during the youth hunt.

(4) Pintail may only be taken from November 23-29, 2002 and January 4-26, 2003.

(5) Pintails may be taken during the Youth Waterfowl Hunt (dates).

PENALTY: $200.00 to $1,000.00.

12.17 DUCK DAILY BAG AND POSSESSION RESTRICTIONS It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take more ducks in any one day than as specified below or to possess more than two (2) daily bag limits:

Bag Limits:

Daily limit of five (5) ducks which may include no more than four (4) three (3) mallards (no more than one (1) of which may be females), one (1) pintail, three (3) mottled ducks, three (3) scaup, two (2) wood ducks, two (2) redheads, one (1) black duck.

Daily limit of five (5) mergansers, which may include no more than one (1) hooded merganser.

EXCEPTION:

Bayou Meto WMA Bag Limits:

Daily limit of four (4) ducks which may include no more than 4 three (3) mallards (no more than one (1) of which may be females), one (1) Pintail, three (3) mottled ducks, three (3) scaup, two (2) wood ducks, two (2) redheads, and one (1) black duck,.

Daily limit of four (4) mergansers, which may include no more than one (1) hooded merganser.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

12.18 SNOW, BLUE, ROSS' AND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE SEASON RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take Snow, Blue, Ross' and white fronted-geese other than from November 7, 2002-January 31, 2003.

PENALTY: $200.00 to $1,000.00.

12.20 CANADA GOOSE SEASON RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take Canada geese other than from October 5-14, 2002 in the Northwest Canada Goose Zone and from January 9-31, 2003 statewide. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset statewide.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge is closed.

2. All parks administered by the Corps of Engineers (except Lead Hill Park on Bull Shoals, Parker Creek, Buckhorn, Pikeville, Laurel Creek, parts of Cowhide Cove, Kirby Landing, and Self Creek on Lake Greeson are closed.

PENALTY: $200.00 to $1,000.00.

12.23 FALCONRY SEASON RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take migratory birds with raptors other than during the regular migratory bird seasons except as follows DUCKS, COOTS and

MERGANSERS: December 9-13, 2002 and January 27-February 28, 2003.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

12.25 SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT RESTRICTIONS It shall be unlawful for anyone other than youths, 15 years of age or younger, to hunt ducks, in season geese, mergansers and coots during the special youth waterfowl hunt on February 1-2, 2003. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 18 years of age or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 21 years of age or older. Mentors may not hunt ducks, mergansers or coots but may, if properly licensed, hunt other game in season. Shooting hours and bag limits are the same as the regular waterfowl season. All Commission owned Waterfowl Rest Areas, except the WRA on Ed Gordon/Point Remove WMA, are open to youth hunting during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

13.08 HARVEST INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS Effective July 1, 1999, it shall be unlawful for any person (resident or non-resident) to hunt migratory game birds in Arkansas without a Harvest Information Requirements (HIP) permit. Also, proof of Arkansas registration must be carried at all times when hunting migratory birds. The 2002-2003 permit expired June 30, 2002. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take migratory game birds without first completing the current annual HIP questionnaire and obtaining a current HIP permit. This permit is not valid in any state other than Arkansas.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Hunters under 16 years of age who are exempt form state licensing requirements.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

25.01 MIGRATORY WATERFOWL SHOOTING HOUR RESTRICTIONS WITHIN CERTAIN WMAs AND WDAs. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take migratory waterfowl during migratory waterfowl seasons later than 12:00 o'clock noon on Wildlife Management Areas.

EXCEPTIONS:

(A) Migratory waterfowl hunting permitted during the entire day (regular shooting hours) of the last 3 days of the last duck season. Ref Commission code 12.15 (Duck and Coot Season Restrictions).

(B) In Compliance with 25.02, Hunting or Trespassing prohibited within Certain Waterfowl Management Areas.

(C) All day hunting allowed during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on February 1-2, 2003 (Ref Code 12.25 Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt Restrictions).

(D) All Commission owned Waterfowl Rest Areas are open, except the WRA on Ed Gordon/Point Remove WMA, to youth hunting during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

(E) All day hunting allowed on Beaver Lake, Dardanelle, Ft. Chaffee, Mt. Magazine and Ozark Lake WMAs.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

01.00-C DEFINITION OF TERMS. For the purposes of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Code of Regulations, the following terms shall be construed, respectively, to mean and include:

ADULT GOBBLER - Male turkeys having at least one of the following characteristics:

a) tail feathers which are the same length,

b) wing feathers that have white barring all the way to the tip or

c) a beard more than six (6) inches in length.

ALLIGATOR DEALER - Any person, firm or corporation engaging in the sale, purchase, barter, or exchange of an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) or other crocodilian species, or any part, nest or eggs thereof in the State of Arkansas.

ALLIGATOR FARMER - Any person, firm or corporation possessing an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) or other crocodilian species, or any part, nest or eggs thereof in the State of Arkansas for the purpose of propagation production or rearing.

ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE DEALER - Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the sale or purchase of alligator snapping turtles.

ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE FARMER - Any person, firm or corporation possessing alligator snapping turtles for the purpose of propagation, production or rearing.

ANIMAL - An organism of the animal kingdom, as distinguished from the plant kingdom, including any part, product, egg, or offspring thereof

ANTLERLESS ELK - Any elk (male or female) not meeting requirements to be a legal bull elk

AQUATIC WILDLIFE -Crayfish (Crawfish, Crawdads), Mussels, Aquatic Snails, Aquatic Turtles, Frogs, Salamanders, and Fish or (including Minnows).

ARKANSAS RIVER BOUNDARY (Sportfishing Only): The Arkansas Post Canal from Lock and Dam #1 to the Arkansas River and the Arkansas River from Dam #2 upstream to the Oklahoma state line including all lakes, bays and tributary streams accessible by boat from the main channel except that portion of Big Bayou Meto upstream from Hwy 11, Plum Bayou upstream from Hwy 79, Little Maumelle River upstream form Pinnacle State Park, Maumelle River upstream from Lake Maumelle Dam, Fouche LaFave upstream from Hwy 113, Palarm Creek upstream from Interstate 40, Cadron Creek upstream from the weir. Point Remove Creek upstream from Hwy 113, Petit Jean River upstream from Pontoon Boat Ramp at Hwy 154, Illinois Bayou upstream from Russellville Waterworks Dam, Big Piney and Little Piney Creeks upstream from Hwy 359, Horsehead Creek upstream from Interstate 40, Mulberry River upstream from Interstate 40, Frog Bayou upstream from Hwy 162 and Lee Creek upstream from Lee Creek Dam, and from the first non-navigable shoal for streams entering the Arkansas River along the left bank ascending from Lake Dardanelle Dam to the Oklahoma State Line.

ARTIFICIAL LURE/FLY - Terminal fishing tackle made by the method of fly tying, or made entirely of rubber, wood, metal, glass, feathers, hair, synthetic fibers, or plastic, with hook attached.

BAG LIMIT - The number of species allowed to be taken in a time period - 24 hours (12 o'clock midnight to 12 o'clock midnight) unless otherwise specified.

BAITFISH - Minnows (including bluntnose minnows, bullhead minnows, chubs, crayfish, dace, fatheads, common carp under 6 inches, small goldfish, shiners, and stonerollers), logperch (also called sand pike or zebra minnows), shad, gar (other than alligator gar), drum, bowfin under 6 inches, skipjack herring, silversides (brook and inland), buffalo (bigmouth, smallmouth, and black), river carpsucker, sculpin (banded and Ozark) and bream 4" and under.

BAITING - The direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other feed that could serve as a lure or attraction for wildlife to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.

BLACK BASS: Largemouth bass, redeye bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass.

BREAM - Any species of the genus Lepomis including bluegill, redear, warmouth, and other sunfish.

BUCK (Legal Statewide and Wildlife Management Areas) - A deer having at least one antler with at least three points, each a minimum of one inch long. A deer having at least one antler with at least four points, each a minimum of one inch long on Bayou Meto, Cut-Off Creek, Dagmar, Grandview Prairie, Henry GrayHurricane Lake, Lafayette County, Rex Hancock/Black Swamp, Trusten Holder and Wattensaw WMAs and U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA.

Exceptions:

(1) In statewide deer zones, a legal buck is a deer having at least one antler with at least three points, each a minimum of one inch long or any deer having both antlers less than two inches in length (button bucks included)

(2) On Ed Gordon/Point Remove, Ft. Chaffee, Dave Donaldson/Black River and Shirey Bay-Rainey Brake WMAs, a legal buck is a deer having at least one antler with at least three points, each a minimum of one inch long or any deer having both antlers less than two inches in length.

(3) On Bayou Meto and Trusten Holder WMAs, a legal buck is a deer having at least one antler with at least four points, each a minimum of one inch long or any deer having both antlers less than two inches in length.

BUCK - A male deer.

BUCK DEER SEASON - Any deer season whereby no deer other than legal buck deer may be taken.

BULL ELK (legal) - Any elk having at least one antler visible above the hair line.

BUY - To purchase, barter, exchange, or trade and includes any offer to purchase, barter, exchange, or trade.

CAPTIVITY or HOLD CAPTIVE - The holding of living wildlife in a controlled environment that is manipulated by man for the purpose of exercising ownership, possession or control of the wildlife, and that has boundaries designed to prevent selected species from entering or leaving the controlled environment.

CASE - A container specifically designed for the purpose of housing a gun which completely encloses such gun by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened with no portion of the gun exposed.

CATCH-AND-RELEASE - The requirement that fish of a designated species musts be immediately released into the water where caught.

CHUMMING - To dislodge or deposit any substance not attached to a hook which may attract fish.

CITY, COUNTY, STATE, OR FEDERALLY MAINTAINED ROAD - Any road graded or otherwise repaired by any city, county, state, or federal agency in the state of Arkansas.

COMMERCIAL FISH - Bowfin (over 6 inches), buffalo, catfish, carp, drum, gar, paddlefish, sucker family, white amur, and sturgeon.

COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN - Any person who fishes with tackle designated as commercial tackle requiring a license and/or tag issued by the Commission.

COMMERCIAL SHOOTING RESORT - Any person, firm, or corporation engaged, for pay or other consideration, in the business of providing commercially-obtained or pen-raised birds for harvest by hunters.

COMMISSION - The Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission, unless otherwise designated.

DOE - A female deer.

DOE DEER SEASON - Any deer season whereby a doe or a legal buck may be taken.

DROWNING SET - Any leg hold trap that utilizes one or more of the following techniques to retain the target animal in water of suitable depth for drowning.

These are:

(1) a slide wire with lock;

(2) tangle stake; or

(3) drowning weight.

EITHER-SEX - A male or a female.

EITHER-SEX DEER SEASON - Any deer season whereby a doe or a legal buck may be taken.

ENCLOSE - To surround species of wildlife on all sides using man-made barriers, including but not limited to fencing, walls, structures or other devices, so that the wildlife are not free to leave a particular environment.

ENCLOSURE - Any area surrounded by a man-made barrier, including but not limited to fencing, walls, structures or other devices that prevent wildlife from leaving a particular environment.

ENDANGERED SPECIES - any wildlife species or subspecies endangered or threatened with extinction listed by the U. S. Department of Interior and the following native species hereby designated in Arkansas:

MAMMALS:

Gray bat (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Plecotis townsendii ingens.

BIRDS:

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Arctic peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus tundrius), least tern (Sterna antillarum), Bachman's warbler (Vermivora bachmanii), ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), red-cockaded woodpecker (Dendrocopos borealis)

REPTILES:

American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis),

FISHES:

Ozark cavefish (Amblyopsis rosae), leopard darter (Percina pantherina), pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhyncus albus);

MOLLUSKS:

Curtis' pearly mussel, (Epioblasma florentina curtisi), fat pocketbook pearly mussel (Potamilus capax), pink mucket mussel (Lampsilis orbiculata), turgid blossom mussel (Epioblasma turgidula), speckled pocketbook mussel (Lampsilis streckeri), Arkansas fatmucket mussel (Lampsilis powelli), winged mapleleaf mussel (Quadrula fragosa), Magazine Mountain shagreen land snail (Mesodon magazinensis);

ARTHROPODS:

Cave crayfish (Cambarus zophonastes) and (Cambarus aculabrum;

PLANTS:

Geocarpon minimum (no common name), pondberry, (Lindera melissifolia)

FEE LAKE - A lake in which there is a charge for fishing privileges. All persons 16 years of age and older must possess an Arkansas fishing license. Daily limits apply.

FIREARMS, LOADED - Firearms shall be considered to be loaded if shells or cartridges are in either the chamber, magazine, or cylinder; percussion cap muzzle-loading firearms are considered loaded if the percussion cap is on the nipple; flintlock muzzle-loading firearms are considered to be loaded if there is powder in the flashpan.

FISH or FISHING - To lure, attract, collect, or pursue fish species or aquatic wildlife for the purpose of taking or attempting to take such fish species or aquatic wildlife by any method.

FISH FARM - Waters and adjacent premises confined within a pond, tank, or lake not connected with public waters, and under management by a commercial fish farmer.

FISH FARMER - Any person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the propagation and/or production of crawfish, fish and/or minnows for sale.

FREEFLOATING FISHING DEVICE - Any floating fishing device unanchored or unattached to a stationary object.

FURBEARING ANIMALS - Badger, beaver, bobcat, civet cat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, river otter, skunk, and weasel.

GAFFING FISH - Taking or attempting to take fish with a hand held or handled hook prior to being caught on hook and line.

GAME ANIMALS - Black bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, elk, fox, mink, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, and squirrel.

GAME BIRDS - Turkey, quail, pheasant, chuckar, and all birds classified by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as migratory game birds.

GAME FISH - Alligator gar, black bass, white bass, striped bass, striped bass hybrid, crappie, catfish, trout, bream, sunfish, goggle-eye, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, sauger, paddlefish, and pickerel.

GUIDE - A person who helps or aids, for hire, another person to hunt or fish.

HIGH FENCE ENCLOSURE - An enclosure that contains an area of at least 500 contiguous acres, with at least sixty percent (60%) of the acreage in forested cover that has been classified as timberland by the local county tax assessor, that has a perimeter fence at least eight (8) feet high, with no cross fencing that has the effect of reducing the size of the area to less than 500 contiguous acres with at least sixty percent (60%) of the acreage in forested cover as herein provided.

HUNT or HUNTING - To search for, pursue, chase, track, lure, attract, or lie in wait of game animals or other wildlife for the purpose of taking or attempting to take such game animals or wildlife by any method.

HUNTING PARTY - Two or more persons hunting together.

IMPORT - To land on, bring into, or introduce into any place within the jurisdiction of the State of Arkansas.

JAKE - Sub-adult turkeys having all of following characteristics:

a) longer central tail feathers,

b) outermost 1 or 2 wing feathers lacking white barring all the way to the tip and

c) a beard six (6) inches or less in length.

LEGAL BUCK - A deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or at least one antler with at least three points, each a minimum of one inch long. A deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or at least one antler with at least four points, each a minimum of one inch long on Byaou Meto, Cut-Off Creek, Dagmar, Grandview Prairie, Henry Gray/Hurricane Lake, Lafayette County, Rex Hancock/Black Swamp, Trusten Holder and Wattensaw WMAs and U of A Pine Tree Experiemetal Station WDA.

MINIMUM LENGTH LIMIT - The shortest length of a fish, of a designated species, measured from the front of the lower jaw with the mouth closed to the tip of the tail with tail lobes pressed together, that an angler may keep. All fish not meeting the minimum length requirement for a particular water or species must be immediately released into the water where caught.

KILLING DEVICE - Any firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow, pellet gun, or any other device capable of killing wildlife.

MINNOWS - small nongame fish commonly used for bait including bluntnose minnows, bullhead minnows, chubs, dace, fatheads, common carp under 6 inches, goldfish, shiners, and stonerollers.

MOBILITY IMPAIRED - Individuals who are permanently and totally mobility impaired in accordance with criteria on the Game and Fish application for the mobility impaired card.

NIGHT - thirty (30) minutes after sunset to thirty (30) minutes before sunrise.

NONGAME WILDLIFE - all wildlife other than furbearing or game animals, birds and fish.

NON-RESIDENT - Any person not defined as resident.

NUISANCE ANIMALS - Any wild animal creating a problem by committing damage to personal property (Depredation Permit available).

NUISANCE FURBEARING ANIMALS - Beaver, muskrat, and nutria.

OPEN SEASON - that season during which protected wildlife may be lawfully taken.

PEN-RAISED QUAIL - Quail that are hatched from eggs of quail raised in captivity in pens or cages.

PERSON - Any individual, firm, corporation, association, or partnership in singular or plural as the context requires.

POSSESS or POSSESSION - To have under control. The manual or ideal custody of wildlife or anything that may be the subject of property, for one's use and enjoyment, either as owner or as the proprietor of a qualified right in it, and either held personally or by another who exercises it in one's place and name.

Possession includes the act or state of possessing and that condition of facts under which one can exercise his power over a corporeal thing at his pleasure to the exclusion of all other persons. Possession includes constructive possession, which means not actual but assumed to exist, where one claims to hold by virtue of some title, without having actual custody.

PROTECTED SLOT LIMIT - A species/size limit which prohibits anglers from keeping fish within a designated size group, and requires fish of that size and species to be immediately released into the water where caught.

PROTECTED WILDLIFE - all wildlife in the state unless a declared open season has been established by the Commission.

PUT AND TAKE PAY LAKE - Private waters open to public fishing for a fee, after being licensed by the Commission and where no fishing license or daily limit of fish is imposed.

RAPTOR - Any migratory bird of the Order Falconiformes or the Order Strigiformes except bald or golden eagle.

RESIDENT - Any person who has established a bona fide or actual residence of at least 60 days prior to applying for a license, and who declares intentions of becoming a citizen of Arkansas. Also, the following students, carrying proof of full-time enrollment in schools, colleges or universities while hunting or fishing in

Arkansas, are eligible to purchase a resident license:

(1) Resident foreign exchange students attending school outside of Arkansas.

(2) Non-resident foreign exchange students attending school in Arkansas.

(3) Residents of Arkansas enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities outside of Arkansas.

(4) Non-residents enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities in Arkansas.

Possession of Arkansas real estate by persons living outside the state does not qualify the owner as a resident.

Servicemen and women stationed (permanently assigned) in Arkansas are granted resident privileges for hunting and fishing. Servicemen and women who were Arkansas residents at the time of entering service are also granted resident privileges for hunting and fishing, regardless where stationed.

65 Plus Lifetime Licenses, $1,000 Sportsman's permit, Special Guide License, Commercial Mussel License, Commercial Fishing License and Commercial Turtling: Any person who has established a bona fide or actual residence of at least 12 months (one year) prior to applying for a license, and who declares intentions of becoming a citizen of Arkansas.

The Director or his representative shall make the final determination as to residency.

ROUGH FISH - Gars, bowfin, common carp, asian carp (grass carp, bighead carp, silver carp), suckers (including buffalo), and drum.

SELL - To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; to offer for sale, barter, exchange, or trade or the act of selling, bartering, exchanging or trading.

SHELL BUYER - Anyone who buys mussels or mussel parts from a Taker. An agent purchasing for a licensed buyer is not a buyer.

SNAGLINE - Commercial tackle consisting of a horizontal line with hooks or drops less than 24 inches apart.

TACKLE - Any rod, reel, pole, line, net, yo-yo, seine, or any other apparatus or device used to take fish.

TAKE - To shoot, kill, injure, trap, net, snare, spear, catch, capture, or reduce to possession.

TAXIDERMY - The art of preparing, stuffing and/or mounting of wildlife and parts thereof.

TRANSLOCATION - To ship, convey, carry or transport wildlife from one location to another by any means, including importation, exportation, interstate and intrastate movement.

TROUT - Any members of the Salmonidae family including rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, lake trout and cutthroat trout.

WATERS OF THE STATE - All streams, lakes, sloughs, bayous, marshes, or any other water wholly or partially within the State. Pay lakes and fish farms are excluded from the above.

WILD - to be living in a state of nature and not domesticated.

WILDLIFE - All wild birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and other wild aquatic forms, and all other wild animals, regardless of classification, whether resident, migratory or imported, protected or unprotected, dead or alive, and shall extend to and include any and every part of any individual species of wildlife, including animals living in a captive state and which lack a genetic distinction from members of the same species living in the wild.

WILDLIFE COMMERCIAL HUNTING RESORT - A Wildlife Commercial Hunting Resort is any facility, location, business or operation that is engaged in selling for money or any other consideration the opportunity to hunt or attempt to hunt captive wildlife.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) - Designated areas set aside by the Commission and distinguished by certain markers and considered a separate zone with regard to wildlife regulations. (Referred to as "WMA", "WDA", "FTA" or "NWR").

ZONE - Any area defined or delineated by the Commission where hunting and/or fishing activities are regulated for that specific area.

LICENSES, PERMITS, STAMPS, TAGS, COSTS AND EXPIRATION DATES

FISHING LICENSE/PERMITS

CODE

COST

EXP. DATE

Resident Fisheries Conservation License .....

FSH

$ 10.50

**

Resident 3-Day Trip License

RT3

$ 6.50

*

Non-Resident Annual Fishing.License .........

NRF

$ 32.00

**

Non-Resident 14-Day Trip Fishing License.

N14

$ 22.00

*

Non-Resident 7-Day Trip Fishing License...

NT7

$ 17.00

*

Non-Resident 3-Day Trip Fishing License...

NT3

$ 11.00

*

Arkansas Trout Permit ..................................

TPR

$ 5.00

**

Non-Resident Trout Permit.......

TPN

$ 12.00

**

White River Border Lakes License....

WRL

$ 10.00

**

Fish Farmer Permit .......................................

FF

$ 25.00

Dec. 31

Alligator Farmer/Dealer Permit ....................

AFP

$200.00

June 30

Alligator Tags ...............................................

  

$ 4.00

June 30

Alligator Snapping Turtle Farmer/ Dealer Permit ...............................................

AST

$100.00

June 30

Bull Frog Permit (Must have valid Fish Farmer Permit) ............................................

BP

$ 25.00

Dec. 31

Guide License/Fishing .................................

GLF

$ 25.00

**

Non-Resident Guide License/Fishing

GNF

$150.00

**

Scientific Collecting Permit

SCP

$ 50.00

*

FISH COMMERCIALIZATION:

        

Hoop Nets (with or w/o leads), turtle nets...

HN

$ 4.00

Dec. 31

Slat Traps & Fiddler Nets ............................

FS

$ 12.50

Dec. 31

Commercial Trotlines (inc. snaglines, throwlines, limb lines, set hooks) per 100 ft, & turtle box traps (ea.) ....................

TL

$ 2.00

Dec. 31

Commercial Tackle (Seine, Trammel & Gill Nets) 100 yds. or fractional part thereof per tag .............................................

SNS

$ 15.00

Dec. 31

Resident Commercial Fisherman's Permit & Fisheries Conservation License..

CFS

$ 25.00

Dec. 31

Commercial Fisherman's Helper Permit .......

CFH

$ 25.00

Dec. 31

Ark. Resident Junior/Senior Commercial Fishing Permit .............................................

JSC

$ 14.50

Dec. 31

Resident Shell Taker and Seller ...................

STS

$100.00

Dec. 31

Shell Taker Helper Permit ............................

SH

$100.00

Dec. 31

Shell Buyer ...................................................

SBR

$1,000.00

Dec. 31

Non-Resident Shell Buyer ............................

SBN

$2,000.00

Dec. 31

Shell Buyer's Agent Permit ..........................

SA

$100.00

Dec. 31

Resident Fish Dealer ...................................

MD

$ 10.00

Dec. 31

Non-Resident Fish Dealer ..........................

FDN

$250.00

Dec. 31

Minnow Dealer Tackle (Minnow

(Seine, Traps or Lifts) ..................................

MS

$ 5.00

Dec. 31

Resident Roe Taker/Seller Permit

RTS

$500.00

Dec. 31

Resident Roe Taker/Helper Permit

RH

$100.00

Dec. 31

Resident Roe Buyer/Exporter Permit

RBE

$1,000.00

Dec. 31

Non-Resident Roe Buyer Permit

RBN

$2,000.00

Dec. 31

HUNTING LICENSE AND PERMITS:

        

Resident Wildlife Conservation License ......

HNT

$ 10.50

**

Resident Sportsman's Permit ......................

RS

$ 25.00

**

Resident Combination Sportsman's License ......................................................

CS

$ 35.50

**

Non-Resident Annual All Game License ......

NBG

$225.00

June 30

Non-Resident 5-DayAll Game License ........

AG5

$125.00

*

Non-Resident 3-Day All Game License .......

AG3

$100.00

*

Non-Resident Annual Small Game License..

NRH

$ 80.00

**

Non-Resident 5-Day Small Game License...

SG5

$ 55.00

*

Non-Resident Fur Takers ..............................

NFT

$100.00

**

Private Lands Elk Permit.........

PLE

$ 35.00

****

Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp .........................

DS

$ 7.00

June 30

AG&F Leased Lands Permit (Hunting, Trapping and Camping)

        

Casey Jones WMA ..................................

LCJ

$ 20.00

**

Big Timber WMA .....................................

LBT

$ 20.00

**

Cherokee WMA .......................................

LCH

$ 20.00

**

Gum Flats WMA............

LGF

$ 20.00

**

Provo WMA..............

LPR

$ 20.00

**

Lafayette County WMA........

LLC

$ 20.00

**

Falconry Permit Apprentice .......................

FPA

$ 25.00

***

Falconry Permit General ...........................

FPG

$ 25.00

***

Falconry Permit Master .............................

FPM

$ 25.00

***

Resident Guide License/Hunting ...............

GLH

$ 25.00

**

Non-Resident Guide License/Hunting .......

GNH

$150.00

**

Resident Special Guide License ...............

GLS

$150.00

**

Non-Resident WMA Waterfowl Hunting Permit (5-day trip for each WMA)

******

$ 10.00

*

Non-Resident WMA Seasonal Waterfowl Hunting Permit (for each WMA)

******

$100.00

June 30

Scientific Collecting Permit

SCP

$ 50.00

*

*Good from requested day of issue for period of license.

**Good from 1 year of purchase date.

***Falconry Permit will expire on July 31, 1998, then 2001, etc., in line with the Federal program.

****When 20 elk have been harvested.

*****Good for that season only.

******Permits are available for 23 WMAs and are valid only for the WMA indicated on permit

SECTION 31.00 - SPORT FISHING

31.01B GAME FISH POSSESSION LIMIT RESTRICTIONS It shall be unlawful to possess more than two (2) daily limits of game fish or the aggregate thereof

Daily Limit - Black Basses(including not more than four Smallmouth).

10

Daily Limit - Rock Bass............................

10

Daily Limit - Catfish(exc. Bullhead)..........

10

Daily Limit - Bream(over 4"in length)

50

Daily Limit - Crappie................................

20

Daily Limit - Muskellunge........................

6

Daily Limit - Pickerel................................

6

Daily Limit - Northern Pike.......................

6

Daily Limit - Sauger..................................

6

Daily Limit - Saugeye...............................

6

Daily Limit - Striped Bass or Hybrid Combination .........................

6

Daily Limit - Trout - (including not more than 2 each of brown, cutthroat and brook trout)..........

5

Daily Limit - Walleye ................................

6

Daily Limit - White Bass ...........................

(Yellow Bass - No Limit)

25

Daily Limit - Paddlefish .............................

2

Daily Limit - Alligator Gar ..........................

2

Daily Aggregate Limit ................................

75

Daily Limit for all sportfish on Bois d'Arc in Hempstead County ......................

½ daily limit

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) LARGEMOUTH, SPOTTED, SMALLMOUTH (BLACK BASS):

(A) Ozark Zone (Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Newton, Randolph, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and Washington counties) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit 12 inches with a daily limit of 4, except Bull Shoals Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Norfork, and Table Rock Lake (see exception 1(B) below). Ozark Zone Blue Ribbon Streams (Crooked Creek and Buffalo River) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 14 inches with a daily limit of 2. Smallmouth bass minimum length limit on Crooked Creek 18 inches with a daily limit of 1: from 101 bridge downstream to the confluence with the White River; between the hwy 62-412 and Hwy 62 Spur bridges at Pyatt. Ozark Zone Catch and Release Area - Crooked Creek, along boundary of Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation property near Kelly's Slab Access.

Ozark Zone Quality Streams (Kings, Spring, and South Fork/Spring rivers) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 14 inches with a daily limit of 2, except on Kings River from Trigger Gap to Hwy 62 bridge: minimum length limit 18 inches and daily limit of 1.

Ouachita/Boston Zone (all Arkansas counties not included in the Ozark Zone) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 10 inches with a daily limit of 4.

Ouachita/Boston Zone Quality Streams (Mulberry, Caddo above DeGray Lake, DeGray Lake, Ouachita River upstream from Lake Ouachita, Saline River, including its four headwater forks in Saline, Perry and Garland counties, South Fork/Ouachita, Little Missouri above Lake Greeson and Lake Greeson) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 12 inches with a daily limit of 2.

Ouachita/Boston Zone Catch-and-Release area - all smallmouth bass caught in Lake Ouachita including the Ouachita River upsteam to the River Bluff access area and Little Missouri River from Lake Greeson Dam to the Ouachita River must be immediately returned to the stream.

(B) Black Bass daily limit - six (6) on Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals, Norfork Lake, Lake Ouachita and Table Rock Lake, five (5) on Lake Lou Emma - Crawford County, and four (4) on Lake Cargile; Largemouth bass daily limit - five (5) on Grandview Lake #2, four (4) in Lower White Oak Lake ; (Reference Code 31.02 (6), Black Bass Length Limits and Protective Slot Limits on Certain Lakes).

(C) Largemouth bass caught must be immediately returned to the water in Cedar Creek Watershed Lake (Perry County), Lake Greenlee in Monroe County, Lake Sylvia in Perry County, Lake SWEPCO and Lake Ashbaugh in Greene County.

(2) BREAM

(A) No limit on bream four (4) inches or less in length.

(3) CATFISH

(A) No limit on catfish on Grand Lake - Chicot County, Lake Chicot (including that portion of Connerly Bayou downstream from Connerly Dam to the bayou's mouth and Ditch Bayou from the inlet on Lake Chicot to Ditch Bayou Dam) and between the main levees of the Mississippi River.

(B) Catfish daily limit five (5) on Lake Atalanta and Lake Bentonville - Benton County; Big Timber Lake - Clark County; Hidden Lake -Carroll County; Gurdon Lake - Clark County; Hubble Lake -Clay County; Lake Bailey - Conway County; Craighead Forest Lake - Craighead County; Lake Cambadelle - Crawford County; Lake Lou Emma - Crawford County; West Memphis City Parks Lake - Crittenden County; Village Creek State Park Lakes - Cross and St. Francis Counties; Lake Bennett - Faulkner County; Lake Clearfork - Garland County; Crowley Ridge State Park Lake and Reynolds Park Lake - Greene County; Newark City Lake -Independence; Hindsville Lake - Madison County; Blytheville City Park Lake - Mississippi County; Lake Sylvia - Perry County; Shady Lake - Polk County; Twin Lakes A & B, Camp Ferncliff, Paradise Lake, and all Little Rock and North Little Rock City Park lakes - Pulaski County; Old Davidsonville State Park Lake -Randolph County; Truman Baker Lake - Scott County; Cave City's Lakes - Sharp County; Gunner Pool and Hayden Bend Pond - Stone County; Devils Den State Park - Washington County; Spring Lake - Yell County; Kingfisher, Clubhouse Lakes in Petit Jean WMA, Yell County and posted U.S. Forest Service ponds and lakes.

(C) In addition to daily limit, ten (10) channel catfish under 16 inches may be taken on the Arkansas River.

(D) In addition to daily limit, ten channel catfish of any size may be taken in Lake Erling and Millwood Lake.

(4) CRAPPIE

(A) Crappie daily limit - 15 in Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals and Norfork Reservoirs and Cane Creek Lake in Lincoln County.

(B) Crappie daily limit - 30 east of a line beginning at the Arkansas -Missouri State Line on U.S. Hwy 63 and described as follows: following U.S. Hwy. 63 south to Hardy, continuing on U.S. Hwy. 62 west to Ash Flat, continuing on U.S. Hwy 167 south to Little Rock, continuing on U.S. Hwy 67 south to Texarkana to Arkansas - Texas State Line, except daily limit of 20 crappie in Lake Chicot.

(C) Crappie daily limit - 50 between the main levees of the Mississippi River and on Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County.

(5) TROUT

(A) Brown Trout daily limit - 2 with a 16-inch minimum size limit in White River (including Beaver Lake tailwaters and Bull Shoals Lake Tailwaters), North Fork White River, Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) west of Hwy. 59, Spring River;

Brown Trout daily limit - 4, only one of which may be 21 inches and over, with a protected slot limit from 16 to 21 inches in length in Little Red River.

(B) Cutthroat Trout daily limit - 2 with a 16-inch minimum size limit in trout waters as listed in 31.15, Tackle Restrictions for Trout Streams.

(C) Trout daily limit - 3 in Blanchard Springs/Mirror Lake.

(6) WALLEYE

(A) Walleye daily limit - 4 with an 18 inch minimum length limit in Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock lakes to the Beaver Dam on the White River; Greers Ferry Lake including all its tributaries, daily limit - 4, only one of which may be 28 inches or over, with a protected slot limit from 18 to 28 inches.

(7) In compliance with Commission Code 31.02 (Game Fish Limits and Protective Slot Limits on Certain Lakes and Rivers.

(8) In compliance with Commission Code Section 35.00 (Spear Fishing).

(9) In compliance with Commission Code Section 42.00 (Fish Farmer).

(10) WHITE BASS, STRIPED BASS, HYBRID STRIPED BASS

(A) White Bass daily limit of 50 and possession limit of 100 while fishing between the main levees of the Mississippi River.

(B) Striped Bass or Hybrid Combination daily limit - 3 on Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Greeson, Lake Maumelle, Norfork Lake and Lake Ouachita; 10 when taken from the Arkansas River and connecting lakes.

(C) No limit on White Bass on Lake Ashbaugh and Beaver Lake and all tributaries including Lake Sequoyah.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

31.02 GAME FISH LENGTH LIMITS AND PROTECTIVE SLOT LIMITS ON CERTAIN LAKES AND RIVERS

(A) BASS: It shall be unlawful to possess black bass as follows:

(1) Less than 12 inches in length on largemouth bass in Lake Frierson.

(2) Less than 12 inches in length on spotted bass in Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Norfork Lake and Table Rock Lake.

(3) Less than 15 inches in length on smallmouth bass in Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Norfork Lake and Table Rock Lake.

(4) Less than 15 inches in length on largemouth bass only in Lake Atkins, Beaver Lake, Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Blue Mountain Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Caddo Fishing Pond, Upper and Lower Lake Chicot (including that portion of Connerly Bayou downstream from Connerly Dam to the bayou's mouth and Ditch Bayou from the inlet on Lake Chicot to Ditch Bayou Dam) in Chicot County, Georgia Pacific Lake, Lake Greenlee, Kingfisher Lake, Greers Ferry Lake, Mercer Bayou (Sulphur River WMA), Moss Creek Pond, Norfork Lake, Shady Lake, Table Rock Lake, Lake Wright (Sebastian County), and Arkansas River:

(5) It shall be unlawful to possess largemouth bass from 13" to 16" in length on Lake Barnett (White County), Bear Creek Lake, Bob Kidd Lake, Lake Brewer, Lake DeGray, Dierks Reservoir (Howard and Sevier counties). Lake Hinkle (Scott County), Lake Hogue, Lee Creek Lake, Lake Maumelle (Pulaski County), Lake Ouachita, Sugar Loaf Lake, and Lake Wilhelmina (Polk County); or to possess largemouth bass from 13" to 18" in length on DeQueen Reservoir.

(6) Less than 16 inches in length on largemouth bass only in Lake Millwood. Limit 3.

(7) It shall be unlawful to possess largemouth bass from 16" to 21" in length or to possess more than one (1) largemouth bass 21" or longer in Lake Austell, Lake Cargile (Conway County), Lake Columbia, Lower White Oak Lake and Mallard Lake. Limit 4.

(8) It shall be unlawful to possess largemouth bass from 16" to 21" in length in Lake Pickthorne; limit 2, only one of which may be 21" or longer.

(9) It shall be unlawful to possess largemouth bass from 16 inches to 21 inches in length in Lake #1 in Grandview WMA. Limit 2 largemouth bass (1 over 21" and 1 under 16", or 2 under 16"). Limit on other game fish is one half the statewide daily limit.

(10) It shall be unlawfial to possess largemouth bass from 16" to 21" in length or to possess more than one (1) largemouth bass 21" or longer in Lake Monticello. Limit 4.

(B) CRAPPIE: It shall be unlawfial to possess crappie as follows:

(1) Less than 10 inches in length in Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals and Norfork Reservoirs, with a daily limit of 15 crappie.

(2) Less than 10 inches in length in Cane Creek Lake, Upper and Lower Lake Chicot (including that portion of Connerly Bayou downstream from Connerly Dam to the bayou's mouth and Ditch Bayou from the inlet on Lake Chicot to Ditch Bayou Dam) and Lake Monticello.

(3) Less than 9 inches in length in Blue Mountain Lake and Harris Brake Lake.

(C) SAUGEYE: It shall be unlawful to possess saugeye less than 18 inches in length on Lake Hinkle.

(D) TROUT: It shall be unlawful to possess brook trout as follows:

(1) Less than 14" minimum length limit for brook trout statewide. Limit: 2.

EXCEPTION:

(1) Sportfish may be snagged (except in catch and release areas) in accordance with Code 31.05, Hogging, Noodling and Snagging Game Fish Prohibited, and within the restrictive size limits as specified in Code 31.02.

NOTE: Measure all fish from the front end of the lower jaw to the tip of the tail with fish laid flat on rule, mouth closed and tail lobes pressed together.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

31.08 SALE OF BAIT PROHIBITED It shall be unlawful to take from public waters of the state and sell, or offer for sale as fishing bait, any wildlife species or portions thereof other than insects, freshwater shrimp, worms, frogs, and baitfish.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

31.15 TACKLE RESTRICTIONS FOR TROUT STREAMS. It shall be unlawful to use more than two rods or poles per individual or to fail to attend rods or poles at all times in the following designated areas:

(1) Blanchard Springs - from the Spring to Mirror Lake Dam;

(2) Little Missouri River - From Lake Greeson Dam to Hwy 27 Bridge at Murfreesboro;

(3) Spring River - From mouth of Mammoth Spring to Many Islands Camp.

It shall be unlawful to use more than one rod or pole per individual or to fail to attend rod or pole at all times in the following designated areas where a trout permit is required:

(1) Beaver Lake Tailwater - From Beaver Dam to Hwy 62 bridge;

(2) Little Red River - From Greer's Ferry Dam to Hwy. 305 Bridge;

(3) Norfork Tailwater - from Norfork Dam to its' confluence with White River;

(4) White River - From Bull Shoals Dam to Hwy. 58 bridge at Guion.

(5) Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) - East of Hwy 59.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) In compliance with Commission Code 32.07 (Fishing Below Dam Restrictions).

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

31.16 SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS ON TROUT WATERS.

Baits such as marshmallows, salmon eggs, and moldable substances (Power Bait® and Zeke's Gold® types) are not allowed. Only artificial lures with one single, barbless hooking point per pole may be used, except from 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals State Park where a single barbless treble hook may be used. All trout caught must be immediately returned to the stream in the following waters:

(A) Dry Run Creek (Norfork National Fish Hatchery Effluent) in Baxter County is open to fishing for those under 16 years of age and mobility impaired anglers from sunrise to sunset only. Mobility impaired anglers shall fish from the mobility impaired access pier only.

(B) Other waters:

(1) Beaver Tailwater - from 0.5 mile below Beaver Dam to 100 yards above Parker Bend.

(2) Bull Shoals Tailwater:

(A) Fishing is not allowed anytime 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam upstream to the Dam.

(B) From 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the wing Dike at the Bull Shoals State Park Trout Dock closed to fishing from November 1 to January 31.

(C) From 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals State Park: CATCH AND RELEASE AREA from February 1 to October 31.

(D) Between the upstream and downstream boundary signs as posted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission near Mount Olive Access Area and near Jack's Resort.

(E) From Monkey Island to Moccasin Creek.

(F) Rim Shoals, from mouth of Jenkins Creek to first electric powerline downstream.

(3) Greers Ferry Tailwater:

(A) Cow Shoals from head of shoal as marked to mouth of Canoe Creek from October 1 - December 31. Closed to fishing one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise from October 1 - December 31.

(B) 100 yards downstream of Greers Ferry Dam to approximately 0.5 miles downstream to the last Fish Hatchery effluent outfall in Kennedy Park.

(C) From Dunham to Mossy Shoals.

(4) Narrows Tailwater:

(A) From Narrows Dam to upstream end of the Riverside Park pool year-round.

(B) From upstream end of the Riverside Park pool to the gas line crossing above the Riverridge pool for the period from May 1 through October 15.

(5) Norfork Tailwater from Otter Creek to 100 yds. above River Ridge.

(6) Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) east of Hwy. 59.

(7) Collins Creek (JFK Recreation Area, Cleburne County) is open to fishing from sunrise to sunset.

(A) From its source to the wooden vehicle bridge within JFK Park by individuals under age 16 only; and

(B) From the bridge to its confluence with the Greers Ferry Tailwater (Little Red River) by indiviudals under age 16 and persons 16 and older accompanied by actively fishing individuals underage 16.

PENALTY: $100.00 TO $1,000/00

31.17 BROWN TROUT RESTRICTIONS ON WHITE RIVER It shall be unlawful to retain brown trout in possession in the White River, from the wing dike at the Bull Shoals State Park Trout Dock to downstream boundary of Bull Shoals State Park: catch and release only for brown trout from November 1 to January 31. This area is closed to night (30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise) fishing from November 1 through January 31. It is also unlawful to use tackle other than artificial lures or flies with a single, barbless hook, or one barbless treble hook, when fishing for any species in the above described waters during the November 1 - January 31 period.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

31.XX RAINBOW TROUT RETENTION RESTRICTION. It shall be unlawful to release a rainbow trout after it has been placed on a stringer, within a fish basket, live-well, ice chest or retained by any other device. By such activities, it shall be presumed that the angler intended to retain the trout and count it in the daily fish limit.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Rainbow trout exceeding 16 inches in length may be temporarily (not to exceed 30 minutes) retained in a live well only for purposes of measurement, weighing and photographing before release.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

31.XX LANDER'S COMMUNITY FISHING MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to fish in the following waters except as specified herein: Lander's Lake (Pulaski County).

(1) Only hand held rod or pole allowed.

(2) Largemouth bass: catch and release only.

(3) Catfish daily limit: 3

(4) Bream daily limit: 25

(5) All other sportfish daily limit: same as statewide.

(6) Fishing open only to persons under age 16 and age 65 and older. Persons between age 16 and 64 must be accompanied by a person under age 16 who is actively fishing.

(7) Lake open to electric trolling motors only.

PENALTY: $100.00 TO $1,000.00

Section 32.00 General Fishing Regulations

32.12 THE RELEASE OF NATIVE OR NON-NATIVE FISH AQUATIC SPECIES PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to release any native or non-native aquatic wildlife, including their eggs, into the public waters of the State of Arkansas without the written permission of the Chief of Fisheries, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Any request for importation of salmonids and salmonid eggs must be accompanied by an official disease free certification conducted under the guidelines set forth by the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Blue Book - Procedures for the Detection and Identification of Certain Fish Pathogens, Fourth Edition.

EXCEPTION:

(1) Aquatic species may be released into the waters from which they were taken.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

Section 37.00 Baitfish Regulations

37.01 COMMERCIAL BAITFISH TACKLE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take baitfish for sale from the public waters without first obtaining the appropriate tackle license and attaching metal tag issued with said license to tackle so used.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.02 FISH DEALER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS. It shall be unlawful to offer for sale or sell live fish (including baitfish) in this state without first obtaining a current Arkansas Fish Dealers License (Resident or Non-Resident) or an Arkansas Fish Farmers Permit. License required for each separate business location. In compliance with Commission Code 31.07, game fish may not be taken from the wild and sold. Residents of states charging a higher nonresident fee shall be charged an equivalent amount.

EXCEPTION:

(1) Licensed fishing guides are not required to purchase a Fish Dealer's License when providing baitfish during the act of guiding.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.03 EXPORTING BAITFISH FROM PUBLIC WATERS PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to export from the state any baitfish taken from public waters.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.04 BAITFISH TACKLE RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to use tackle for taking baitfish from public waters other than as specified herein. Only baitfish may be retained for bait and all other species offish are immediately returned to the waters where taken.

(A) Seines not in excess of fifty (50) feet in length and four (4) feet in depth with square mesh of one-fourth (1/4) inch;

(B) Square traps or lifts not exceeding six (6) feet by six (6) feet by three (3) feet in depth with up to one-half (1/2) inch e-4 wire or mesh and throat size of 2 inches square mesh.

(C) Throw nets and casting nets with square mesh not larger than one (1) inch, or shad trawl nets with square mesh not larger than one (1) inch.

(D) Plastic, glass, or wire mesh minnow traps not in excess of one (1) gallon capacity with throat size of not more than 1.5 inches;

(E) Hand operated dip nets or lifts with up to one (1) inch square bar mesh used to take legal baitfish bait for personal use while in the act of sport fishing day or night, and all other species offish are immediately returned to the waters where taken;

(F) The use of any seine, lift, throw net or shad trawl net at night other than as specified in Commission Code 37.04-E is prohibited.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.05 TAKING BAITFISH IMMEDIATELY BELOW DAMS PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to take baitfish within one hundred (100) yards below dams or similar constructions.

EXCEPTION:

(1) Shad may be taken in compliance with Code 37.04(C).

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.06 TAKING BAITFISH FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IN CERTAIN WATERS PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to take baitfish for commercial purposes in: The Caddo River and that portion of the Little Missouri River and its tributaries above Ozan Creek in Pike County; all waters north of Highway 70 in Howard County; and all waters in Benton, Carroll, Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Lawrence, Madison, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Sebastian, Sevier, and Washington counties.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

37.XX AQUATIC PET RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take by any method other than those described in 37.04 BAITFISH TACKLE RESTRICTIONS or by hands and possess alive any aquatic wildlife species other than six (6) of each species per household.

Exceptions:

(1) Game fish may only be taken in accordance with SECTION 31.00 SPORT FISHING.

(2) Alligator snapping turtles, hellbenders, troglobytic (cave-dwelling) species or those animals defined as endangered species may NOT be taken.

(3) Legally obtained baitfish are exempt from the six (6) of each species per household provision.

(4) Commercial fish may only be taken in accordance with SECTION 41.00.

(5) Persons collecting in accordance with a valid Scientific Collectors Permit or other special use permit issued by the agency Director.

(6) Agency employees in the performance of their job duties.

The sale or purchase of such wildlife or the progeny thereof, or their release into waters other than those from which they were collected, is prohibited.

Exceptions

(1) Permitted Fish Farms in accordance with SECTION 42.00.

(2) Licensed commercial fishermen in accordance with SECTION 41.00.

PENALTY: $100.00 TO $1,000.00

38.02 MUSSEL SHELL SIZE RESTRICTION It shall be unlawful to take, sell, or offer for sale mussels or mussel shells of sizes less than minimum diameter or length.

(1) Mussel shells shall be measured by minimum diameter except for elongated shells.

(2) Minimum diameter shall be 4 inches for washboards, 2 3/4 inches for mapleleaf and threeridge, 2 1/4 inches for hickorynut, threehom wartyback, and monkeyface, and 2 1/2 inches for all other round shells. Minimum length shall be 4 inches for bleufers, yellow sandshell, muckets, pistolgrip, spike, Ouachita kidneyshell and bankclimber.

(3) Shellers shall have until July 31, 1991 to dispose of, by sale or otherwise all legally obtained undersized shells.

(4) All undersized shells, western fanshell, black sandshell and rabbitsfoot must be immediately returned to the water.

PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.

(8/26/2002)

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