RULE 002.00.14-006 - 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Regulations, 2015 General Fishing Regulations, and Various Regulation Codes

RULE 002.00.14-006. 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Regulations, 2015 General Fishing Regulations, and Various Regulation Codes

B1.08 DUCK, COOT AND MERGANSER SEASON AND LIMITS

Nov. 22-Nov. 30. Dec. 4-23 and Dec. 26.2014-Jan. 25. 2015.

EXCEPTION:

Ducks, coots and mergansers may be taken during the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Code 11.04). LIMIT

COOT: Daily limit 15, possession limit 45.

DUCKS: Daily limit six. No more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one mottled duck, three scaup,

three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck and one canvasback.

Possession limit no more than three daily limits.

MERGANSERS: Daily limit of five (no more than two of which may be hooded mergansers).

Possession limit no more than three daily limits.

EXCEPTION:

Bayou Meto WMA daily duck limit: Daily limit of four ducks which may include no more than three mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one mottled duck, three scaup, three wood ducks,

two redheads, one black duck and one canvasback.

Bayou Meto WMA Mergansers limits: Daily limit of four (no more than two of which may be hooded mergansers).

B1.09 WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE SEASON AND LIMITS

Nov. 13. 2014-Jan. 25. 2015 statewide.

LIMIT: Daily limit two, possession limit six.

B1.10 SNOW, BLUE AND ROSS'S GOOSE SEASON AND LIMITS

Nov. 13.2014-Jan. 25. 2015 statewide.

EXCEPTION:

In compliance with the Addendum B1.14. LIMIT: Daily limit 50, no possession limit.

B1.11 CANADA GOOSE SEASON AND LIMITS

Early Canada Goose Statewide Season: Sept.1-15.2014.

Northwest Canada Goose Zone Season: Sept. 20-29.2014. Late Canada Goose Statewide Season: Nov. 13.2014-Jan. 25.2015. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset statewide. EXCEPTION: Holla Bend NWR is closed. LIMIT: Daily limit two. Possession limit six.

EXCEPTION:

The daily limit is five Canada geese from Sept. 1-15. 2014. possession limit 15.

B1.12 FALCONRY SEASON AND LIMITS

Feb. 1-15.2015 statewide.

LIMIT: No more than three migratory birds in any one day, possession limit six.

B1.13 SPECIAL YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON AND LIMITS

Jan. 31-Feb. 1.20IS statewide.

LIMIT: Same as statewide.

B1.14 SNOW, BLUE AND ROSS'S GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER SEASON

AND LIMITS

Oct. 11-Nov. 12.2014. Jan. 26-30 and Feb. 2-April 2S. 2015 statewide.

LIMIT: No limit.

03.05 STATE MIGRATORY WATERFOWL HUNTING STAMP

REQUIREMENTS

It is unlawful to hunt migratory waterfowl without having on the person the appropriate Arkansas Resident or Non-Resident Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Stamp that has been signed by the person in ink across the face of the stamp. EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Youths.

(2) Persons possessing a valid Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Sportsman's License.

(3) Persons possessing a valid Resident 65 Plus Lifetime Waterfowl Permit.

(4) Persons holding a valid universal license form issued by the Commission or its representative, coded DSR or DSN (Addendum D1.01).

(5) In compliance with Code 04.04, Addendum B1.14 and H1.03.

04.04 SNOW, BLUE AND ROSS'S GOOSE CONSERVATION ORDER

RESTRICTIONS

It is unlawful for any person to hunt snow, blue and Ross's geese during the Conservation Order season (Addendum B1.14) without possessing on the person the following:

(A) A free Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Registration Permit number.

(B) A valid hunting license from any state or province. EXCEPTION:

Youths 15 years of age and under.

24.02 SPECIAL USAGE RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN WMAs AND LAKES

It is unlawful to enter or remain on certain WMAs and lakes in violation of their restrictions listed in Addendum CI. 12. PENALTY: Class 1

24.03 BOAT MOTOR RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN WMAs

Boats and boat motors shall comply with the following restrictions on certain

WMAs:

(1) Boats with outboard motors of more than 25 horsepower or surface-drive motors of more than 36 horsepower and air boats may not be operated on Bayou Meto, Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc (excluding Dr. Lester Sitzes

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Ill Bois d'Arc Lake), Shirey Bay Rainey Brake and Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMAs.

(2) No boat motors allowed on Frog Bayou WMA.

(3) Boat motors over 10 horsepower are prohibited on St. Francis National Forest WMA.

(4) Boats with motors greater than 50 horsepower and airboats may not be operated on waters on Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA during duck season (Addendum B1.08).

(5) Airboats may not be operated on waters on Bell Slough, Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita (excluding Ouachita River), Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA and Deer Research Area (both units, excluding Mississippi River), Cut-Off Creek, Cypress Bayou, Ed Gordon Point Remove, Earl Buss Bayou DeView, Galla Creek, Harris Brake (excluding Harris Brake Lake), Holland Bottoms (excluding Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne), Mike Freeze Wattensaw, Petit Jean River (excluding Petit Jean River and Kingfisher Lake), Seven Devils, Sheffield Nelson Dagmar, Sulphur River (excluding Sulphur River and Mercer Bayou) and Trusten Holder (excluding Arkansas River, Arkansas Post Canal, Merrisach Lake, Moore Bayou and Post Lake) WMAs during duck season (Addendum Bl .08).

(6) On Maumelle River WMA all boating activities and trespassing is prohibited in the Restricted Area Zone 1 on the east end of Lake Maumelle as marked by buoy line. The Unrestricted Area Zone 2 covering the central and western portions of Lake Maumelle is open to boating and fishing during the hours of 4 a.m. until 8 p.m., Nov. 1-March 31 and 24 hours a day from April 1-Oct. 31. The use of air boats, aquaplanes, surfboards, motorized surfboards wind-powered surfboards, personal watercraft, water skis, rafts or other similar devices or vehicles on any part of Lake Maumelle is prohibited. Canoes and kayaks may only be launched from the Sleepy Hollow access area and only operated in that portion of Lake Maumelle west of the Arkansas Highway 10 bridge. Only boats with a 25 horsepower motor or less may launch from the Sleepy Hollow access area. That portion of Lake Maumelle lying east of Arkansas Highway 10 bridge and west of the Restricted Area Zone 1 buoy line is not open to boats less than 14 feet in length.

EXCEPTION:

Boating activities by Central Arkansas Water Utility and U.S. Geological

Survey personnel engaged in the performance of their duties are allowed in the Restricted Area Zone 1 of Lake Maumelle.

PENALTY: Class 1

24.04 MIGRATORY WATERFOWL HUNTING ACCESS RESTRICTIONS ON

WRAs

All Commission-owned or controlled WRAs are closed to access from Nov. 1-Feb. 15.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake WRA on Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc WMA is open for fishing and non-hunting access.

(2) Deer permit holders hunting during deer permit hunts on Shirey Bay Rainey Brake, Dave Donaldson Black River and Ed Gordon Point Remove WMAs and Johnson County Waterfowl Rest Area on Dardanelle WMA.

(3) DeGray Lake WMA special mobility-impaired waterfowl hunt permit holders hunting during waterfowl permit hunts.

C1.12 SPECIAL USAGE RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN WMAs AND LAKES

(1) Restrictions Common to Multiple Listed WMAs and Lakes:

a. Common Restriction A: From the first day of the first segment of the regular duck season until the last three days of the last segment of regular duck season, (i) no entry or access is allowed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. (except in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and designated boat staging areas) and (ii) no boats are allowed from 1 p.m. until 4 a.m. During the last three days of the last segment of regular duck season and during the special youth waterfowl hunt, (i) no entry or access is allowed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. (except in designated campsites, parking areas, boat launch ramps and designated boat staging areas) and (ii) no boats are allowed from 6:30 p.m. until 4 a.m.

(2) Bayou Meto: Common Restriction A applies. Boats are prohibited on the Government Cypress Greentree Reservoir. During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Mulberry Access, to include all of the Salt Bayou Ditch to the confluence of Little Bayou Meto.

b. Buckingham Flats Access to include Big Bayou Meto, and Cannon Brake Access to include Little Bayou Meto only on the Cannon Brake Impoundment.

(3) Bell Slough: Common Restriction A applies.

(4) Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Ouachita River).

(5) Big Lake: Common Restriction A applies. Mallard Lake is closed to all hunting except for the special early teal season; fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed. During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. The north/south ditch, all lateral ditches and borrow pits.

(6) Brewer Lake, Cypress Creek, Camp Robinson SUA and Cedar Creek: Closed to waterfowl hunting.

(7) Camp Robinson: Common Restriction A applies.

(8) Cane Creek Lake (Lincoln County): Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(9) Coal Pile Lake: Closed to all hunting. Fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed.

(10) Cut-Off Creek: Common Restriction A applies. Travel by boat is limited to Cut-Off Creek.

(11) Cypress Bayou: Common Restriction A applies.

(12) 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 Arkansas Highway 103. Dogs, hunting or trapping devices are prohibited on Johnson County WRA.

(13) Dave Donaldson Black River: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Black River). Lake Ashbaugh and Hubble Lake are closed to all hunting, except both are open for the special early teal season; fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed. During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Any maintained ditch, borrow pit and/or canal adjacent to any maintained levee.

b. Big Slough, Gar Slough, Canoe Slough, Barnes Slough, Viney Slough, Little Viney Slough, T- Slough, Feeder Slough, Cross Slough, Cold Water Slough, Little River Cut-Off, Kincaid Slough, Rankine Slough, Woodland Slough, Allen Lake, Flat Lake, Mill Lake, Little River, Winchester Boat Run, and Pyrtle Boat Run.

(14) DeGray Lake: Loaded firearms are prohibited on Lower DeGray Lake WRA except by permitted participants of special hunts.

(15) Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc: Common Restriction A applies. Boats are not allowed on the Green Tree Waterfowl area 14 days before waterfowl season opens, but are allowed during waterfowl season.

(16) Earl Buss Bayou DeView: Common Restriction A applies. Lake Hogue is closed to all hunting except for the special early teal season; fishing and non-hunting activities are allowed. During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed only from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Thompson Tract boat ramp to include boat run.

b. Nbrth Oliver Campground primitive boat access to include the natural slough.

(17) Ed Gordon Point Remove: Common Restriction A applies.

(18) Freddie B lack Choctaw Island WMA and Deer Research Area (both units): Common Restriction A applies (except within the Mississippi River).

(19) Frog Bayou: Common Restriction A applies.

(20) Harris Brake: Common Restriction A applies (except within Harris Brake Lake). Open to waterfowl hunting only Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. All-day hunting is allowed the last two 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, deer archery hunting, squirrel hunting, and hunting furbearers at night. Only shotguns and archery equipment are allowed for hunting. Harris Brake Lake is open to Canada goose hunting every Sept. 1-15.

(21) Henry Gray Hurricane Lake: Common Restriction A applies (except within the White River and Little Red River). During the regular duck season, when the main road gate at Mitchell Corner is closed, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Glaise Creek from the WMA northern boundary to the main water-control structure at Whirl Lake.

b. Whirl Lake access, to include Whirl Creek.

When the main road gate at Mitchell Corner is open, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Bollie Pond, Big Hurricane Lake, Big Bell Lake, Whirl Lake, Honey Lake, Willow Pond, Glaise Creek and Mallard Lake.

(22) Holland Bottoms: Common Restriction A applies (except within Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthome).

(23) Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir: Closed to waterfowl hunting, except on the Caney Creek, Dix Creek, Palarm Creek, and Pierce Creek Bays outside posted buffer zones. Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(24) LakeOvercup: Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(25) Little Bayou: Common Restriction A applies.

(26) Maumelle River: Closed to waterfowl hunting. All boating activities and access are prohibited in the Restricted Area Zone 1 on the east end of Lake Maumelle as marked by buoy lines. No hunting, camping or olher access is allowed on any island on Lake Maumelle.

(27) Petit Jean River: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Petit Jean River or Kingfisher Lake).

(28) Rex Hancock Black Swamp: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Cache River). During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Gregory Access (from County Road 758) down the ditch to the Cache River.

b. Float Road Access (from County Road 752) down the marked trail to the Cache River.

(29) Rick Evans Grandview Prairie: Waterfowl hunting closed on all lakes and ponds.

(30) Seven Devils: Common Restriction A applies.

(31) Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms: Common Restriction A applies. The Jim Sullivan Youth Waterfowl Unit is closed to all access, except for youth waterfowl hunting permit holders during youth waterfowl permit hunts, from the last day of the modern gun permit hunt to the last day of waterfowl season (including the waterfowl special youth hunt).

(32) St. Francis National Forest: Waterfowl hunting ends at noon.

(33) St. Francis Sunken Lands: The Snowden Field Waterfowl Rest Area levee is open to foot traffic around the north end of the unit.

(34) Sheffield Nelson Dagmar: Common Restriction A applies (except within Bayou DeView Water Trail). The Conway George Tract is closed to all access, except for waterfowl hunting permit holders. During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Robe Bayou Access to include from the WMA northern boundary to the low water crossing at Interstate 40.

b. Gator Pond Access to include only the open water pond area and not flooded timber.

(35) Shirey Bay Rainey Brake: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Black River). During the regular duck season, boating access is allowed from 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following waterbodies:

a. Shirey Bay, Horseshoe Lake, and Hill Slough.

b. Diversion ditch from County Road 317 to the diversion ditch water-control structure.

(36) Sulphur River: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Sulphur River or Mercer Bayou).

(37) Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne: Closed to waterfowl hunting.

(38) Trusten Holder: Common Restriction A applies (except within the Arkansas River, Arkansas Post Canal, Merrisach Lake, Moore Bayou, or Post Lake).

Proposed Fisheries Regulations to be implemented January 1, 2015

Removal of Creel and Slot Limits on Grandview Lake #1

The current creel limits of 2 largemouth bass and lA statewide for all other sportfish appear to be limiting growth of bass in this lake. Relative weights of bass collected in fall 2013 were mostly at or below 90%. Von Bertalanffy growth models of largemouth bass (LMB) suggest an La, of 498 mm which is within the 16-21 inch (403-530 mm) slot limit. Age and growth data indicate that fish enter the slot at age 6 and never exceed it. Age data also indicate a mean length at age 3 of 305 mm (12 inches), which is slow growth.

Removal of 13 to 16 inch slot limit for largemouth bass on DeGray Lake. Replace with 13-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass only (no size restriction on spotted bass)

The current regulation has been in place since 1997 (16 years). Current length at age data for DeGray Lake largemouth bass is 13 inches at age 3. Over the last year and a half, Fisheries Division staff used a public process to develop the DeGray Lake Management Plan. Input from the DeGray Lake Citizens Advisory Group led to a recommendation to remove the existing 13-to 16-inch slot limit and replace the slot limit with a 13-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass only. The 13-inch minimum length limit would match the current length regulation on Lake Ouachita.

Change current daily limit from 10 to 6 black bass combined (largemouth, spotted, & smallmouth) for DeGray Lake

There is very strong support from angling public voiced at DeGray Lake Management Plan meetings regarding this regulation. This is a conservation measure to reduce the daily limit in light of harvest size restriction change. This will match the current daily limit allowed on Lake Ouachita.

Removal of yellow bass (Morone mississipiensis) from the sport fish list and addition of yellow bass to the rough fish list

Yellow bass have become established in several Arkansas impoundments (i.e. Lake Conway, Beaverfork Lake) and compete with desirable sport fish. The yellow bass has been deemed an aquatic nuisance species by the Arkansas Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan. Intent of this regulation change is to allow anglers catching a yellow bass to dispose of the catch without being in violation of wasting edible portions of game fish.

Establish a 10-inch minimum length limit for crappie (white and black) on Lake Conway

Lake Conway currently does not have a minimum length limit (MLL) on crappie. High fishing mortality combined with fast growth rate creates ideal conditions for a MLL to be an effective management tool. Extensive studies (4 years of age/growth data, exploitation study, and modeling) support this management recommendation. Modeling indicates that a MLL would increase the yield, mean length of harvested crappie, mean weight of harvested crappie, number of larger fish in population, at a minimal expense to the total number of crappie harvested.

Establish a state wide creel of 30 crappie per day (excluding current exceptions)

Currently there is a 20/30 split for the crappie creel limit is based on geography and highways and not on biology or science. Research has shown that environmental conditions and length limits (to a lesser degree) have a greater impact on crappie populations than creel limits. This change would also simplify regulations.

Include Bald Knob Community Pond in the Community Fishing Program Restrictions

Bald Knob Community Pond is a 2.5-acre reservoir located in Bald Knob, in White County. The lake is owned by the city of Bald Knob, and is located directly behind the town's sports complex. The restrictive limits of the Community Fishing Program Restrictions will help to protect the fishery and distribute the harvest among many different anglers.

Include Conway Station Park Pond in the Community Fishing Program Restrictions

Conway Station Park Pond is a 2.5-acre reservoir located in Conway, in Faulkner County. The lake is owned by the city of Conway, and is associated with a park that has a number of amenities: baseball fields, parking, and restrooms as well as proximity to the Boys and Girls Club. The location is near the geographic center of Conway, and provides an excellent location to serve a very high number of residents of the town and surrounding area. The restrictive limits of the Community Fishing Program Restrictions will help to protect the fishery and distribute the harvest among many different anglers.

Include Lake Keith in the Community Fishing Program Restrictions

Lake Keith is a 6-acre reservoir located in Cave Springs, in Benton County. The lake is currently owned by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The location will serve anglers of Cave Springs and surrounding areas. The restrictive limits of the Community Fishing Program Restrictions will help to protect the fishery and distribute the harvest among many different anglers.

Restriction of limblines within Buffalo River National Park

This regulation will eliminate use of limblines on the Buffalo River National Park. The Buffalo National River receives heavy use by boaters and anglers. This regulation will reduce conflict between anglers and the much larger group of pleasure boaters by removing a safety hazard.

Removal of Silver red horse from the commercial fish species list because it is one of the rarest fishes in Arkansas

The intent of this regulation is to prevent commercial harvest of Silver Redhorse, one of the rarest fishes in Arkansas. The fish is rare in Arkansas, but globally secure. The silver redhorse have been declared a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" in the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan. About 15 specimens have been collected since 1960, primarily in the White River near Oil Trough and the Black River. These areas are open to commercial fishing. There is likely a breeding population in the state. Clarifications were also made to the wording of the definition to make it flow better, which is consistent with the Code book Committee protocol.

Prohibit Ouachita Stream bed Salamander Eurycea subfluvicola from Take or Possession

The recently discovered Ouachita Streambed Salamander Eurycea subfluvicola has one of the most limited distributions of any vertebrate in the United States. It is currently known from only one site in Hot Spring County and appears to have a very small population size. Due to the extremely limited range and small population size this species should be protected from take or possession to prevent the possible extinction of this highly unique species.

Remove double points for bass-related violations on Lakes Monticello, Lower White Oak Lake, Columbia, SWEPCO, Pickthorne and Austelle

Double points for bass-related violations on Lakes Monticello, Lower White Oak Lake, Columbia, SWEPCO, Pickthorne and Austelle should be removed. This regulation was set many years ago to protect the bass fishery. This regulation is no longer required.

Open Morgan Pt. Bendway to commercial fishing

Morgan Point Bendway was closed to commercial fishing during the initial stocking of the lake and was just never opened afterwards. The lake is connected to the lower portion of the Arkansas River, which is open to commercial fishing. Since the initial stocking is complete there is no reason to keep it closed to commercial fishing.

Open commercial fishing special season on Calion Lake

Calion Lake is an AGFC lake, and is thus closed to commercial fishing. However, occasional high water from the Ouachita River floods Calion Lake, which allows commercial fish species such as buffalo to enter the lake. These fish could be utilized by commercial fishers if given the opportunity. Rough fish such as common carp and gar are also present in large numbers and their removal could be beneficial to the sport fishery. We propose opening commercial fishing on a limited basis during winter months (January 1 - February 28) when recreational activity is at a minimum to lessen the likelihood of conflict among user groups.

Close commercial fishing on the Ouachita River upstream of Hwy 79B bridge (Camden)

This stretch of river is a small riffle-pool type stream that is downstream of tailwater discharges from Remmel and DeGray dams. Currently, commercial fishing is closed from January through March. However, catfish population data collected by Fisheries Division staff indicate that catfish populations in this stream reach cannot support a commercial fishery. We believe that a total closure of commercial fishing is appropriate for this stream reach.

Establish an upstream boundary for commercial fishing at the Hwy. 367 Bridge on the Little Red River

The upper boundary for commercial fishing currently rests at the Hwy. 305 Bridge, the lower boundary for the trout waters. There is no specific delineation of the area open to commercial fishing but falls under Code: 30.15 (C) designating White County as open. Trout area regulations set the boundary for commercial fishing at the Hwy. 305 Bridge. We have conducted numerous electrofishing samples from the Albion area to the low head dam at Searcy and just below the dam. We saw very little in the way of a commercial fishery in those samples. We would like to move the boundary downstream to prevent by-catch of rainbow or brown trout in the areas closer to the trout fishery and also to prevent by-catch of walleye in the area just below the Searcy dam. The area upstream of the Searcy dam is a popular recreational fishery also.

01.00-C DEFINITION OF TERMS

For the purposes of the Arkansas State Game and Fish 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 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 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 BREEDER - Any person, firm or corporation possessing alligator snapping turtles for the purpose of propagation, production, rearing or sale.

ANIMAL - An organism of the animal kingdom, as distinguished from the plant kingdom, including any part, product, egg or offspring thereof. ANTLERLESS DEER - A doe or a buck having 2 inches or less of hardened bone antler (this type of deer must be checked as a buck}.

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

AQUACULTURE SPECIES - Any species listed on the Approved Aquaculture Species List (Addendum Jl .00) and species not listed but allowed under Unlisted or Restricted Species Possession Permits.

AQUATIC WILDLIFE - All aquatic species, including aquatic snails, aquatic turtles, crayfish (crawfish and crawdads), fish (including minnows), frogs, mussels and salamanders.

ARKANSAS RIVER BOUNDARY (Sportfishing Only) - The Arkansas Post Canal from Lock and Dam No. 1 to the Arkansas River and the Arkansas River from Dam No. 2 upstream to the Oklahoma state line, including all lakes, bays and tributary streams accessible by boat from the main channel except:

[BULLET] Big Bayou Meto upstream from Arkansas Highway 11;

[BULLET] Plum Bayou upstream from U.S. Highway 79;

[BULLET] Little Maumelle River upstream from Pinnacle Mountain State Park;

[BULLET] Maumelle River upstream from Lake Maumelle Dam;

[BULLET] Fourche LaFave upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;

[BULLET] Palarm Creek upstream from Interstate 40;

[BULLET] Cadron Creek upstream from the weir;

[BULLET] Point Remove Creek upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;

[BULLET] Petit Jean River upstream from Pontoon Boat Ramp at Arkansas Highway 154;

[BULLET] Illinois Bayou upstream from Russellville Waterworks Dam;

[BULLET] Big Piney and Little Piney creeks upstream from Arkansas Highway 359;

[BULLET] Horsehead Creek upstream from Interstate 40;

[BULLET] Mulberry River upstream from Interstate 40;

[BULLET] Frog Bayou upstream from Arkansas Highway 162 and Lee Creek upstream from Lee Creek Dam,

[BULLET] And from the first non-navigable shoal for streams entering the Arkansas River along the right bank descending from the Oklahoma state line to Lake Dardanelle Dam.

ARTIFICIAL LURE OR FLY - Terminal fishing tackle made entirely of rubber, wood, metal, glass, feathers, hair, synthetic fibers or plastic, with hook attached.

BAITFISH - Minnows, logperch, gizzard and threadfin shad, gar (other than alligator gar), bullhead catfish, crayfish, drum, bowfin under 6 inches, skipjack herring, brook and inland silversides, bigmouth, smallmouth and black buffalo, river carpsucker, banded and

Ozark sculpin, bream 4 inches and under, and bream over 4 inches that are caught by hook and line.

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.

BIG GAME - Alligator, black bear, deer, elk and turkey.

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

BLOCKING OUT - The removal of the head and/or tail associated with the processing of a commercial fish. The blocked-out carcass (bullet) must be at least the minimum length required for the body of water where the commercial fish was harvested (Code 30.11) .

BONUS DEER - A harvested deer that is not included in a hunter's statewide bag limit.

BOX TYPE TURTLE TRAP - A floating trap designed to capture aquatic turtles, but does not permit capture offish (Code 34.07).

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

BUCK - A male deer (see LEGAL BUCK definition).

BUCK DEER SEASON - A deer season in which no deer other than legal buck deer may be taken.

BUY - To purchase, barter, exchange or trade, including 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.

CARCASS - The body of a dead animal.

CASE - A container specifically designed to hold a firearm which completely encloses the firearm by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened with no portion of the firearm exposed.

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

CERVID - A member of the Family Cervidae including without limitation deer, reindeer, moose, elk and caribou.

CHASE FOR PLEASURE - To search for, pursue or chase game animals or other wildlife with the use of dogs for recreational purposes only, with no intent of hunting such game animals or wildlife.

CHECKING WILDLIFE - The reporting of specific information to the Commission concerning harvest of alligator, bear, deer, elk and turkey by one of the following methods: phoning a designated number to report bear, deer or turkey harvests, electronically through the Commission's on-line deer and turkey checking Web site or mobile applications, and in person to report harvest of elk and alligator at a designated check station.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE (CWD) - Fatal disease affecting the brain of cervids that belongs to a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

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

CITES TAG - a permit that allows shipping of certain animal pelts outside the State of

Arkansas and assures compliance with the Convention on the International Trade of

Endangered Species.

CLEAN - Having no meat matter or tissue attached to the carcass.

COMPUTER-ASSISTED HUNTING - The use of a computer or any other device, equipment or software to remotely control the aiming and discharge of a firearm, bow or crossbow to kill wildlife located in Arkansas.

COMMERCIAL FISH - Bowfin (over 6 inches), paddlefish, shovelnose sturgeon, and

all species of buffalo, catfish, carp, drum, gar, and sucker family (except silver redhorseY

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

COMMERCIAL TACKLE - Properly licensed tackle used to catch aquatic wildlife for commercial purposes.

COMMERCIAL WILDLIFE HUNTING RESORT - A facility, location, business, or operation that offers, for pay or other consideration, an opportunity to hunt native wildlife, other than pen-raised game birds, held in captivity. Includes all contiguous land, and structures, other appurtenances, and improvements on the land, used for the hunting activities.

COMMERCIAL WILDLIFE PERMIT - Any or all of the following permits:

Alligator Farmer/Dealer, Alligator Snapping Turtle Breeder/Dealer, Resident Shell Taker and Seller, Shell Buyer, Non-Resident Shell Buyer, Resident Roe Taker/Seller, Resident

Roe Buyer/Exporter, Non-Resident Roe Buyer, Resident Fur Dealer, Non-Resident Fur

Dealer, Special Commercial Quail, Game Bird Shooting Resort, Commercial Wildlife

Hunting Resort, Wildlife Breeder/Dealer and Wildlife Importation.

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

DEFERRED HUNTER EDUCATION (DHE) - Designates a holder of a valid

Arkansas hunting license/permit who has deferred completion of the hunter education program.

DISABLED - Any individual who is 100 percent permanently and totally disabled as declared by one or more of the following federal agencies: the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs or the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

DOE - A female deer.

DISABLED VETERAN;

(a) any individual whom the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has rated 100% permanently and totally disabled as a result of his or her U.S. military service:

(b) any individual whom the VA has rated permanently disabled as a result of his or her U.S. military service and who received the Purple Heart medal as a result of his or her service-connected disability.

DOE DEER SEASON - A deer season in which a doe may be taken. DROWNING SET - Any leg-hold trap that uses one or more of the following techniques to retain the target animal in water of suitable depth for drowning: a slide wire with lock, a tangle stake or a drowning weight.

DUCKS (includes the following species) - All species of teal, merganser, whistling duck and scaup; American wigeon, American black duck, bufflehead, canvasback, gadwall, common goldeneye, mallard, mottled duck, northern shoveler, redhead, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, northern pintail and wood duck.

EDIBLE PORTIONS - portions of the following animals are considered edible as stated below:

(a) Game Mammals: front quarters, hind quarters, loins and tenderloins.

(b) Game Fish: fillets of fish.

(c) Game Birds: breasts.

(d) Frogs: hind legs.

(e) Alligators: tails, legs, flanks, loins and tenderloins. EITHER-SEX - A male or a female.

EITHER-SEX DEER SEASON - A deer season in which a doe or a legal buck may be taken.

EMERGENCY CONDITION - Any condition involving:

(a) imminent peril to the health, safety, or welfare of the public or the wildlife resources of the State; or

(b) immediate action mandated by federal law or regulation. ENCLOSE - To surround wildlife 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 - A wildlife species or subspecies endangered or threatened with extinction listed, or proposed as a candidate for listing, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service or any native species or subspecies listed as endangered by the Commission

(Addendum PI.00).

FALCONRY - The caring for and training of raptors for pursuit of wild game, and hunting wild game with raptors. It includes the taking of raptors from the wild to use in the sport and caring for training and transporting raptors held for falconry.

FEDERAL WATERS - Waters designated by federal law as federally controlled or under the jurisdiction of a department or agency of the United States Government.

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

FERAL HOG - Any hog, including but not limited to Russian and European wild boar,

which is roaming freely and is living in a wild or feral state.

FntEARM - Any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance, including without limitation muzzleloaders and modern guns (see LOADED FIREARM).

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

FISH DEALER - Any person who sells live fish, including baitfish.

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

FISH FARMER (AQUACULTURIST) - A person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the propagation or rearing of aquaculture species for sale.

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

FURBEARERS - Badger, beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, muskrat,

nutria, opossum, raccoon, river otter, spotted skunk, striped skunk and weasel.

GAFF - To take or attempt to take fish with a hand- held or handled hook.

GAME ANIMALS - Alligator, black bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, elk, gray fox, red fox,

mink, opossum, eastern cottontail rabbit, swamp rabbit, raccoon, gray squirrel and fox squirrel.

GAME BIRD SHOOTING RESORT -A facility, location, business, or operation that offers, for pay or other consideration, an opportunity to hunt captive-raised game birds.

Includes all contiguous land, and structures, other appurtenances, and improvements on the land, used for the hunting activities.

GAME BIRDS - Turkey, quail, pheasant, chukar 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, hybrid striped bass,

crappie, catfish, trout, bream, goggle-eye, walleye, muskellunge, sauger, saugeye,

paddlefish and pickerel.

GEOCACHE - Items in a container (cache) placed or hidden for individuals to subsequently find using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

GEOCACHING - An outdoor sport, similar to "high-tech treasure hunting," involving use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find a cache.

GUIDE - A person who provides, for monetary or any other compensation, that person's personal services for the purpose of assisting others to locate, pursue, catch or hunt wildlife.

HACKING - The temporary release of a raptor held for falconry to the wild so that it must survive on its own.

HARASS - An intentional or negligent act which creates the likelihood of injury to wildlife by annoying it to such an extent as to significantly disrupt normal behavioral pattern which include but are not limited to, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.

HEN TURKEY - Female turkey with or without a beard.

HIGH-FENCE ENCLOSURE - An enclosure that contains an area of at least 500 contiguous acres, with at least 60 percent 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 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 60 percent of the acreage in forested cover as herein provided.

HOGGING - The taking of fish by the use of hands only in or under the water.

HUNT OR HUNTING - Taking or attempting to take wildlife by any method including but not limited to searching, pursuing, chasing, tracking, luring, or attracting.

HUNTING INCIDENT - When bodily injury above basic first aid or death occurs due to an activity directly related to a hunting excursion in the field. Examples of such activities wouldjnclude discharge of a firearm, bow, or crossbow and falls from an elevated platform (tree stand, tower stand, or elevated duck blind).

HUNTING PARTY - Two or more persons hunting together.

HYBHtD RAPTORS - Offspring of birds listed as two or more distinct species.

IMPORT OR IMPORTATION - To ship, convey, carry, transport, bring or introduce into Arkansas anything from outside its borders.

IMPRINT - A bird that is hand-raised in isolation from other raptors from two weeks of age until it has fledged and will be considered to be an imprinted bird for its entire life.

JAKE - Sub-adult male turkey having all these characteristics: longer central tail feathers, outermost one or two wing feathers lacking white barring all the way to the tip and a beard 6 inches or less in length.

KILLING DEVICE - Any firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow, compressed gas or spring-powered pistol or rifle, blowgun, speargun, hand-thrown spear, slingshot, irritant gas device, explosive device, or any other implement designed to discharge a projectile capable of killing wildlife.

LARGE CARNIVORE - Tigers (Panthera tigris), African Lions (Panthera led), or any hybrid thereof and all species of bears.

LEGAL BUCK - A male deer may be considered legal under the following rules as applied by this Code:

(a) Buck of Choice: A male deer.

(b) Button Buck: A male deer less than 12 months old with no hardened boned antler.

(c) Three-point Rule: A male 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, including the tip of the main beam. (Code 21.03).

(d) 12/15 Rule: 1) A male deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or 2) a male deer having an inside spread of at least 12 inches or more in width, 3) a male deer having at least one main beam 15 inches or more in length (Code 21.03).

(e) 15/18 Rule: 1) A male deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or 2) a male deer having an inside spread of at least 15 inches or more in width 3) a male deer having at least one main beam 18 inches or more in length (Code 21.03).

(f) WMA Special Restrictions: Special restrictions may apply on certain WMAs (Code 21.03).

LEGAL BULL ELK - An elk having at least one antler visible above the hair line. LEGAL TURKEY - A turkey may be considered legal under the following rules as applied by this Code:

(a) Hunters 16 years and older a legal turkey is an adult gobbler or bearded hen.

(b) Hunters 6 to 15 years of age is an adult gobbler, bearded hen or jake.

LENGTH LIMITS -

(a) Minimum Length Limit: The shortest length of a fish of a designated species that can be kept.

(b) Maximum Length Limit: The maximum length of a fish of a designated species that can be kept.

(c) Protected Length: A species/size limit that prohibits anglers from keeping fish within a designated size group. Unless otherwise specified, all fish are measured from the front of the lower jaw with the mouth closed to the tip of the tail with tail lobes pressed together when laid flat on a rule, on its side. All fish not meeting the length limit requirements for a particular water or species must be immediately released into the water where caught.

LIMITS-

(a) Daily Limit: the maximum number of a species allowed to be taken during a specific 24-hour time period (midnight to midnight, unless otherwise specified).

(b) Seasonal Limit: the maximum number of a species allowed to be taken during a specific season.

(c) Possession Limit: the maximum number of species allowed to be possessed at any time. Any fish or wildlife, excluding migratory game birds, legally taken for personal consumption and stored in processed form within a residence of the possessor shall not count toward the possession limit. LITTER - All waste which has been discarded or otherwise disposed of, including, but not limited to, convenience food and beverage packages or containers, trash, garbage, all other product packages or containers, and other post consumer solid wastes as referenced in State Law, or discarded game animal carcasses.

LOADED FIREARMS - Firearms are considered loaded if shells or cartridges are in the chamber, magazine or cylinder. Percussion cap muzzleloading firearms are considered loaded if the percussion cap is on the nipple. Flintlock muzzleloading firearms are considered loaded if there is powder in the flashpan. Electronic pulse ignition muzzleloaders are considered loaded if the ignition circuit is charged. MIGRATORY BIRDS - All birds protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and subsequent amendments.

MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS - Coots, crows, doves, ducks, gallinules or moorhens, geese, rails, snipe and woodcock.

MILITARY RETntEE - Any individual at least 60 years old who is entitled to retired pay as a result of his or her United States military service. 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 IMPAD^ED - A designation made by the Commission based upon a satisfactory showing that a person has a permanent physical condition, verified by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine by a state medical board, which severely impairs the person's mobility and prevents him or her from being able to engage in hunting or fishing activities without the use of an ATV or similar specialized device for transportation.

NATIVE WILDLIFE - Those species and sub-species of wildlife that have established, naturally reproducing, free-ranging, wild populations within Arkansas. NIGHT - The time period 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. NOODLING - The taking of fish by the use of a pole-mounted breakaway hook that detaches at the time of the strike or catch, or snare type device, with an attached line manipulated by hand when a person is in or under the water.

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

NON-NATIVE WILDLIFE - Any wildlife not defined as native wildlife. NONRESIDENT - A person not defined as a resident.

NUISANCE WILDLIFE - Any wildlife creating a problem by committing damage to personal properly or crops.

OPEN SEASON - A time frame established by the Commission during which a designated species may be lawfully taken. PEN-RAISED QUAIL - Quail raised or hatched in captivity. PERSON - Any individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity in singular or plural as the context requires. All pronouns shall include the masculine, feminine and neuter.

PORTABLE HUNTING STAND - Any device or structure used for the purpose of hunting that can be carried in its entirety by one person.

PORTABLE POP-UP BLIND - A structure used to conceal a person that can be collapsed and carried in its entirety by one person.

POSSESS OR POSSESSION - Having or holding wildlife, or any property in one's power; the exercise of dominion over property. Possession includes actual possession

(physical occupancy or control over property) and constructive possession (control or dominion over property without actual possession or custody of the property).

PRIMATE - A live individual animal of the taxonomic order Primates, excluding

humans.

PROPAGATE OR PROPAGATION - To allow plants or animals to breed or multiply.

PUBLIC ROAD - The traveled portion and the shoulders on each side of any road maintained for public travel by a city, county, state, or federal government and includes all structures within the limits of the right-of-way of any such road.

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 - Migratory bird of the Order Falconiformes or the Order Strigiformes including bald eagles and golden eagles.

REAR OR REARING - To maintain plants or animals to increase their size or development.

REHABILITATION - Providing medical treatment or other care to orphaned, sick or injured wild animals that have come into human possession with the goal of returning the animal to the wild.

RESIDENCE - Any dwelling such as a house, manufactured home, or apartment that is permanently fixed in place and is owned, leased, or rented fully or in part by an individual. This term does not include tents; temporary lodging or rental units such as hotels, motels, resorts, or commercial campgrounds; recreational vehicles; mobile travel trailers; or, motor vehicles.

RESIDENT -

(a) A person who physically inhabits a bona fide residence in Arkansas for at least 60 days and declares full-time residency. Possession of Arkansas real estate and/or proof of payment of associated services or utilities do not qualify the owner/renter as a resident if he lives out of state. Additional facts considered in establishing proof of current Arkansas residency are:

(i) Possession of a valid Arkansas driver's license or Arkansas identification card,

(ii) Possession of a valid Arkansas vehicle registration in his name and display of current Arkansas license tags on his vehicle,

(iii) Other documentation may be considered.

(b) The following persons are considered residents for purposes of this Code:

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

(ii) Nonresidents enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities in Arkansas.

(iii) Nonresident foreign exchange students attending school in Arkansas.

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

(iv) Active-duty military personnel assigned to duty stations in Arkansas,

(v) Active-duty military personnel who were Arkansas residents at the time of entering service, regardless of where currently stationed.

(d) Proof of at least one year residency must be provided when applying for the following licenses/permits:

Special Guide, Alligator Farmer/Dealer, Alligator Snapping Turtle Breeder/Dealer, Commercial Fisherman's and Sportfishing, Commercial Fisherman's Helper, Junior/Senior Commercial Fishing, Resident Shell Taker/Seller, Shell Taker Helper, Shell Buyer, Resident Fish Dealer, Resident Roe Taker/Seller, Resident Roe Taker Helper and Resident Roe Buyer/Exporter.

(e) The director or his representative shall make the final determination as to the resident status of any license applicant.

ROUGH FISH - Gars, bowfin, bullhead catfish, common carp, Asian carp (grass carp,

bighead carp, silver carp), suckers (including buffalo), drum and yellow bass.

SEINE - A fishing net that hangs vertically in the water where the ends can be drawn together to entrap fish.

SEINING - The act of moving a seine by boat or human power to capture fish.

SELL OR SALE - To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; to offer for sale,

barter, exchange or trade or the act of selling, bartering, consigning, 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.

SMALL GAME - Furbearers, migratory game birds, quail, rabbit and squirrel.

SNAG - to take fish using conventional rod-and-reel tackle where the fish is impaled by the forceful retrieval of one or more hooks.

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

SPORTFISH - See GAME FISH for definition.

TACKLE - An apparatus or device used to take wildlife.

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

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

TRAP OR TRAPPING - A device to catch and hold wildlife.

TROUT - Any members of the Salmonidae family including rainbow trout, brown trout,

brook trout, lake trout and cutthroat trout.

WATERFOWL - All species of coots, ducks, geese and swans.

WATERS OF THE STATE - All streams, lakes, sloughs, bayous, marshes or any other waterbodies either permanent or intermittent located wholly or partially within Arkansas,

with the exception of pay lakes and fish farms.

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

WDLDLIFE - 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. Aquatic wildlife includes all aquatic species, including aquatic snails, aquatic turtles, crayfish (crawdads and crayfish), fish (including minnows), frogs, mussels and salamanders.

WDLDLIFE CHECK METHODS - The following are the official wildlife check methods:

(a) a designated elk check station;

(b) the Commission on-line deer and turkey checking Web site and mobile applications;

(c) a designated alligator check station; and,

(d) the designated bear checking telephone number or the designated deer and turkey checking telephone number.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) - Designated areas owned or controlled by the Commission and distinguished by certain markers and considered a separate zone with regard to wildlife regulations including: wildlife management area (WMA), waterfowl rest area (WRA), wildlife demonstration area (WDA), special use area (SUA) and state park-conservation area (SP-CA). YOUTH-

(a) for sections of this Code pertaining to big game, "youth" means any individual not less than 6 years old or more than 15 years old.

(b) for all other sections of this Code, "youth" means an individual less than 16 years of age.

ZONE - An area defined by the Commission where hunting and/or fishing activities are regulated.

01.00-K POINT SYSTEM FOR HUNTING AND/OR FISHING VIOLATIONS

The Commission shall assign points to:

(1) a person convicted of violating a Commission hunting or fishing regulation (Reference Addendum Chapter R1.00) and

(2) in accordance with Code 01.00-Q to an Arkansas resident convicted of a wildlife offense in another state that is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Boating regulation violations are not assigned points. Upon the accumulation of 12 points for hunting and/or fishing violations within a three-year period, the individual will be ineligible to apply for all Commission permit hunts for the following three years. The accumulation of 18 points for hunting and/or fishing violations within a three-year period shall result in the revocation of all hunting and/or fishing licenses and the rights attached thereto for one year, and the accumulation of 30 points within a five-year period shall result in the loss of all licenses and rights for three years. A revocation of hunting and/or fishing licenses and rights occurring for a third time during an individual's lifetime shall result in the lifetime revocation of all hunting and/or fishing licenses and rights. The Commission shall assign double the normal point value to a person convicted of the following:

(1) Any violation of harvest regulations or Code 05.32 by a Guide License holder;

(2) Any violation of trout harvest regulations in a trout catch and release area; or

(3) Any violation by an adult 21 years of age or older accompanying a youth.

09.14 NATIVE WILDLIFE PETS RESTRICTED

It is unlawful to possess native wildlife as pets except as follows:

(A) Native wildlife captured from the wild:

(1) No more than six per household of any combination of the following animals may be possessed as pets:

(a) Hand-captured bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, opossum, rabbit, raccoon and squirrel; and

(b) Deer that were captured by hand prior to July 1, 2012 may be retained until their death.

(c) Hand-captured native non-game wildlife other than birds, bats, alligator snapping turtles, ornate box turtles, hellbenders, Ouachita streambed salamanders.

troglodytic species (cave dwellers), or those animals defined as endangered species.

(2) It is unlawful for any person to remove such wildlife or their offspring from Arkansas except under the terms of a permit that may be issued by the Chief of Wildlife Management to persons who are moving to another state and have presented proof from that state that it is legal to import the wildlife.

(3) The sale or transfer of ownership of such wildlife or their offspring is prohibited except as provided in (A)(7) of this regulation.

(4) All wildlife possessed in captivity shall be maintained in enclosures, pens, or cages that are sufficiently strong to prevent escape of the wildlife and that will protect the wildlife from injury.

(5) All adult deer kept in compliance with (A) of this regulation shall be confined within an enclosure that complies with the following requirements:

(a) Enclosures shall have a perimeter fence that is not less than eight feet in height and shall be constructed so as to prohibit the escape of confined cervids and the ingress of native cervids.

(b) The area of the enclosure shall not be less than 200 square feet for the first cervid and shall be increased in size 150 square feet for each additional cervid.

(6) Males and females of the same species must be kept in separate enclosures, or if kept in the same enclosure, the owner shall provide proof that all males within the enclosure have been neutered.

(7) Native wildlife, except white-tailed deer, kept as personal pets in compliance with this regulation may be transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator permitted by the Commission (Code 09.12) and released back into the wild in the county where they were captured provided such animals were not confined with commercially obtained, captive born wildlife of the same species.

(B) Captive born native wildlife: No more than six per household of any commercially obtained, captive born native wildlife may be possessed as personal pets in compliance with the following restrictions:

(1) Commercially obtained, captive born wildlife pets and/or their offspring shall not be confined with the same species of wild born animals and/or their offspring.

(2) Owners shall maintain records of proof of legal ownership of such animals including licenses, bills of sale, bills of lading, receipts, invoices and copies of Wildlife Importation Permits or other satisfactory evidence. The date of acquisition, place of origin, and the name, address, and telephone number of the person from whom the wildlife was acquired shall be recorded. Owners shall provide these records to the Commission upon demand.

(3) Commercially obtained, captive born wildlife pets or their offspring shall only be sold in compliance with Code 09.07.

(4) Males and females of the same species must be kept in separate enclosures, or if kept in the same enclosure, the owner shall provide proof that all males within the enclosure have been neutered.

(5) Owners of commercially obtained or captive born white-tailed deer or elk that were acquired prior to June 30, 2005, and that are kept as personal pets may retain ownership of such animals provided they registered with the Wildlife Management Division by June 30, 2008, and are in compliance with all provisions of this regulation.

(6) Owners must immediately test all deer and elk that die in captivity for CWD and forward copies of test results to the Commission within seven days of receipt.

(7) All cervids kept in compliance with (B) of this regulation shall be confined within an enclosure that complies with the following requirements:

(a) Enclosures shall have a perimeter fence that is not less than eight (8) feet in height and shall be constructed so as to prohibit the escape of confined cervids and the ingress of native cervids.

(b) The area of the enclosure shall not be less than 200 square feet for the first cervid and shall be increased in size 150 square feet for each additional cervid.

(8) All wildlife possessed in captivity shall be maintained in enclosures, pens, or cages that are sufficiently strong to prevent escape of the wildlife and that will protect the wildlife from injury.

(C) It is unlawful for anyone to keep a native wildlife pet under inhumane or unhealthy conditions. EXCEPTION:

Aquatic pets taken in compliance with Code 26.26. PENALTY: Class 1

26.23 TROTLINE, SETLINE AND LIMBLINE FISHING REQWREMENTS

It is unlawful to use trotlines, setlines and limblines with drops or hooks less than 24 inches apart statewide; to use any trotline or snagline below any lock and dam on the Arkansas River from the dam to the nearest arrival point navigation marker downstream; or to fail to run any line and remove catch daily. All trotlines, setlines and limblines must be clearly labeled with the name and address, vehicle operator's license number, or current vehicle license number of the person using such equipment. Information must be attached on each line at the bank end. Unlabeled lines shall be removed and destroyed by the Commission. It is also unlawful for to fish any more than 100 hooks at any time between the main levees of the Mississippi River fCode 26.08). EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Trotlines that otherwise comply with the provisions of this regulation may be used on Lake Maumelle, except in areas where signs prohibiting use of trotlines are posted by the Commission or Central Arkansas Water Authority.

(2) Limblines may not be used within the boundaries of Buffalo River National Park. PENALTY: Class 1

26.25 FAMDLY AND COMMUNITY FISHING PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS

(A) FAMDLY FISHING PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS

The restrictions in this subsection shall apply to the following waters: Chicot County - Lake Village Community Fishing Pond Clay County - Mom's Lake Columbia County - Armory Pond

Craighead County - Craighead Forest Park Youth Fishing Pond

Drew County - Monticello High School Pond

Faulkner County - Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range

Fulton County - Salem City Lake

Hempstead County - Mike and Janet Huckabee Youth Fishing Pond

Jefferson County - Pine Bluff Regional Park Youth Fishing Pond

Lawrence County - Walnut Ridge City Lake

Pulaski County - Landers Lake, War Memorial Park Pond

Union County - Mattocks Park Lake

RESTRICTIONS:

(1) Fishing is open only to youths or persons 65 years of age or older. All other properly licensed persons may fish if accompanied by a youth who is actively fishing. Fishing is also open to holders of a disabled fishing license (either a three-year or combination disability license). One licensed person may assist and fish with an actively fishing disabled fishing license holder.

(2) Only hand-held rod or pole allowed.

(3) Largemouth bass: catch and release only.

(4) Catfish daily limit: 3

(5) Bream daily limit: 25

(6) Trout daily limit: 5

(7) Hybrid striped bass: 3

(8) Lakes open to electric trolling motors only.

(9) All other sportfishing daily limit: same as statewide.

(B) COMMUNITY FISHING PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS

The restrictions in this subsection shall apply to the following waters:

Baxter County - Anion's Lake

Benton County - Lake Bentonville, Lake Springdale, Lake Keith

Clark County - Clear Lake

Crittenden County - Tilden Rodgers Park Pond

Garland County - Family Park Pond, Entergy Park Pond

Faulkner County - Conway Station Park Pond

Jefferson County - Martin Luther King Jr. Park Pond in Pine Bluff

Lonoke County - Cabot Community Pond, Mike Freeze England Community

Pond

Miller County - Lake Dieffenbacher

Pike County - John Benjamin Glenwood Community Pond

Pope County - Pleasant View Park Pond

Pulaski County - all lakes, ponds and streams managed by the City of Little

Rock Parks and Recreation Department within the city limits of Little Rock,

Community Center Pond, Cherrywood Lake, Lake Valencia, Little Rock Air

Force Base Pond, North Little Rock City Park waters, Paradise Lake, Pinnacle

Mountain State Park Pond, Sherwood

Municipal City Pond, Willow Beach Park Pond

White County - Bald Knob Community Pond, Searcy City Lake

Saline County - Sunset Lake

Sebastian County - Carol Ann Cross Pond

Sebastian County - Wells Lake, Fort Chaffee

Yell County - Dardanelle City Park Ponds, Yell County Wildlife Federation

Pond

Washington County - Murphy Park Pond

RESTRICTIONS:

(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) Trout daily limit: 5

(6) Hybrid striped bass: 3

(7) Lakes open to electric trolling motors only.

(8) All other sportfish daily limit: same as statewide. PENALTY:Class 1

26.26 AQUATIC PET RESTRICTIONS

It is unlawful to take or attempt to take by any method other than those described in Code 32.04. or by hand, and possess alive any aquatic wildlife species other than six of each species per household. The sale or purchase of such wildlife or their progeny, or then-release into waters other than those from which they were collected, is prohibited. EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Game fish may be taken only in compliance with Chapter 26.00.

(2) Alligator snapping turtles, hellbenders, Ouachita streambed salamanders, troglodytic (cave-dwelling) species or those animals defined as endangered species may not be taken.

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

(4) Commercial fish may be taken only in compliance with Chapter 30.00.

(5) Collecting in compliance with a scientific collection permit or other special use permit issued by the Commission.

(6) Permitted fish farms in compliance with Chapter 35.00.

(7) Licensed commercial fishermen in compliance with Chapter 30.00. PENALTY: Class 1

30.11 UNDERSIZED COMMERCIAL FISH PROHIBITED

It is unlawful for commercial fishermen to possess catfish or buffalo less than 16 inches or paddlefish and sturgeon of any size taken from waters of the state. EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Only 12-inch or larger blue and channel catfish may be taken in waters specified in Code 30.13.

(2) Holders of a current resident roe taker/seller permit or resident roe buyer/exporter permit in compliance with Codes 30.17-18 may possess paddlefish 37 inches or longer in Dardanelle and Ozark lakes of the Arkansas River; 36 inches or longer in the open portion of the Arkansas River below Dardanelle Lock and Dam, downstream to the Yancopin railroad bridge on the Arkansas River and downstream to Norrell Lock and Dam on the Arkansas Navigation Canal; 35 inches or longer in the Mississippi River; and, 34 inches or longer for all other waters open to paddlefish harvest or sturgeon when in season. Paddlefish shall be measured from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail with the fish laid flat on a rule. Catfish and sturgeon harvest in the Mississippi River must be in compliance with Code 30.22.

(3) Sturgeon harvested from the waters legal for harvest must be at least 21 inches from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

(4) Sixteen-inch minimum size limit on blue catfish taken by commercial gear in the Arkansas River from the Arkansas Highway 7 bridge in Yell County to the Oklahoma state line.

PENALTY: Class 2

30.15 COMMERCIAL FISHING SEASON RESTRICTIONS

(A) The following waters are open year-round to legal commercial tackle as defined in Code 30.05:

ARKANSAS RIVER from its mouth to the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line including that part of the Arkansas River from the Ozark Dam to the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line, bounded on the north by the Union Pacific Railroad and on the south by Arkansas Highway 22 in compliance with Codes 30.24-25:

ARKANSAS WATERS between the main levees of the Mississippi River. BLACK RIVER from its mouth to the Missouri state line; CACHE RIVER and lakes accessible by boat from the river; FOURCHE La FAVE RIVER from its mouth to the Arkansas Highway 7 bridge in Perry County;

LITTLE RIVER from its mouth in Hempstead and Little River counties upstream to the Corps of Engineers boat ramp on west bank of river below Millwood Lake Dam;

OUACHITA RIVER from the Louisiana state line to US Highway 79B bridge (Camden);

PETIT JEAN RIVER from its mouth to the Arkansas Highway 10 bridge in Yell County;

RED RIVER in Hempstead, Lafayette, Little River and Miller counties; ST. FRANCIS RIVER upstream to the mouth of the Left Hand Chute of Little River in Poinsett County;

SALINE RIVER from its confluence with the Ouachita River upstream to the Stillion railroad bridge in Ashley and Bradley Counties; SULPHUR RIVER from its mouth to the Texas state line; WHITE RIVER upstream from its mouth to 100 yards below Dam No. 1 at Batesville in Independence County;

All lakes, bays or other bodies of water, other than tributary streams, connected to waters as specified above, when accessible by boat, from the main channel except as limited by Addendum Chapter HI .00; EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Emergency Closures listed in Chapter 38.00.

(2) Flathead catfish, bowfin, drum, and gar may not be taken or possessed by commercial fishermen on the Ouachita River from Smackover Creek to the northern boundary of Felsenthal NWR.

(3) Blue catfish, flathead catfish, bowfin, drum and gar may not be taken or possessed by commercial fishermen on the Ouachita River from the northern boundary of Felsenthal NWR to the Louisiana state line, all waters within Felsenthal NWR, and from the Saline River from its mouth within Felsenthal NWR upstream to the Stillion railroad bridge.

(4) Island 40 Chute in Crittenden County is closed to commercial fishing except noon, Nov. 1 -noon, March 30, or when accessible by boat from the Mississippi River.

(B) The following waters are closed year-round to commercial fishing:

Lake Erling, including all tributaries upstream from 100 yards below Lake Erling Dam to Arkansas Highway 313 in Lafayette County; All lakes owned and/or operated by Arkansas State Parks, USDA Forest Service, AGFC; Columbia County Lake in Columbia County; Dorcheat Bayou from its headwaters in Nevada County to the Arkansas/Louisiana state line; Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County; Saline River above the Arkansas Highway 278 in Bradley County; Lake Wallace in Drew and Chicot counties; Lake Chicot (from Connerly Bayou Dam to the Ditch Bayou Dam, inclusive) in Chicot County; Hensley Lake in Jefferson County; Lake Maumelle in Pulaski County; White Oak Bay (Ozark Lake/Arkansas River); Morgan Point Bendway Lake in Desha County; Little Missouri River, White River above the mouth of the Black River, and all lakes in the Hot Springs Village Area of Saline County.

EXCEPTION:

Hoop nets shall not be used on Grand Lake (Chicot County).

(C) The following counties or other parts are open year-round to legal commercial fishing unless noted closed in Section B or other Chapter 30 Commission Codes. Legal gill and trammel nets may be fished in the following counties only from noon, Sept. 30 to noon, May 1: Arkansas (Emergency Closure Code 38.01), Ashley (Emergency Closure Codes 38.04-06), Bradley (Emergency Closure Codes 38.03: 38.06). Calhoun (Emergency Closure Codes 38.03-04; 38.06). Chicot, Clay, Columbia (Dorcheat Bayou closed in (B) above; also see Emergency Closure Code 38.02), Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew (see Emergency Closure Codes 38.04-05). Greene, Hempstead, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson (see Emergency Closure Code 38.01). Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke (see Emergency Closure Code 38.01), Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Nevada (Dorcheat Bayou closed in (B) above), Ouachita, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie (see Emergency Closure Code 38.01). Pulaski (see Emergency Closure Code 38.01). Randolph, St. Francis, White, Woodruff and Union (see Emergency Closure Code 38.06) counties.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) For waters in the above counties located within the White River NWR below Arkansas Highway 1, gill and trammel net season is from noon, Sept. 30-noon, Nov. 30 and from noon, March 1 -noon, Sept. 30 when accessible by boat from the White River and the White River is above 23.5 feet on the St. Charles gauge. All commercial fishermen must obtain a special use permit from the White River NWR manager prior to fishing refuge waters.

(2) Saline River and backwaters from Stillion railroad bridge in Ashley and Bradley Counties to the Arkansas Highway 278 bridge in Bradley County are closed all year to gill and trammel nets.

(3) Open waters in Independence County include White River, Black River and oxbow lakes that are north of Arkansas Highway 14 and east of Arkansas Highway 122 and Arkansas Highway 25. Landowner permission will be required for oxbow lakes that are not accessible from the Black River.

(4) The Little Red River in White County is closed year-round to commercial fishing upstream of the Arkansas Highway 367 Bridge at Searcy.

(D) The following counties are closed year-round to commercial fishing unless open in Section A or other 3 Commission Codes: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Izard, Logan, Johnson,

Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington and Yell counties. When a river or stream forms the boundary between opened and closed counties, that boundary segment shall be open to tackle legal in the open county, unless closed in other Codes.

EXCEPTION:

That part of Saline River south of Arkansas Highway 371 (old Arkansas Highway 24) in Howard and Sevier counties is open year around to hoop nets.

PENALTY: Class 2

30.25 COMMERCIAL FISHING RESTRICTIONS IN CERTAIN WATERS

(A) Corning Lake or Long Lake in Clay County: trotlines, throw line, limblines or snag lines are prohibited.

(B) Lake Dardanelle: Commercial tackle of any type prohibited from noon, March 1-noon, Nov. 30 in the waters of Dardanelle Lake north of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Pope, Johnson and Franklin counties, Dardanelle Bay in Yell County, and south of signs posted on Shoal Bay, Cane Creek Bay, Six Mile Creek at O-Kane Island Access, and south of Arkansas Highway 22 in Delaware Bay in Logan County.

(C) Lake Dardanelle: Gill and trammel nets must be anchored so they are not within 3 feet of the water surface except noon, Dec. 1-noon, April 1.

(D) Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge: March 1-Oct. 31 with 3 inch or larger square bar mesh gill and trammel nets.

(E) Lake Millwood with legal gill and trammel nets noon, Sept. 30-noon, May 1, and slat traps other than noon, Sept. 30-noon, June 1. Lake Millwood is open year-round to other legal commercial fishing.

(F) Nimrod LakeA Blue Mountain Lake and Morgan Point Bendway Lake: Other than noon, Oct. 1-noon, March 1. All species of carp caught must be removed from these lakes. Commercial fishermen must register prior to fishing with the local district fisheries biologist and must submit monthly catch records to the local district fisheries biologist by the 15th of the following month. Only legal-sized gill and trammel nets or larger.

(G) Entergy Nuclear Power Plant: No commercial fishing in the discharge bay Nov. 1 -March 1.

(H) Cadron Creek and Point Remove Creek: Legal commercial tackle during the commercial fishing season noon, Sept. 30-noon, May 1 on Cadron Creek - from its mouth to Arkansas Highway 287 on its east fork in Faulkner County, North Cadron Creek ~ from its mouth to Arkansas Highway 285 in Faulkner County; Point Remove Creek ~ from its mouth up the east fork to Arkansas Highway 95 and the Kissire Bridge on the west fork in Conway County.

(I) Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA: Open to commercial fishing noon, Jan. 1 until the last day of February.

(J) First Old River Lake (Miller County): Open noon, Nov. 1 until noon the last day of February, with legal gill and trammel nets. Commercial fishermen must obtain, and have in their possession while fishing, a commercial permit from the district biologist at the Hope Regional Office and report their catch to the Hope Regional Office by March 15.

(K) Grand Lake (Chicot County): Commercial fishing with slat traps noon, Nov. 1-noon, March 1.

(L) Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake (Hempstead County): Open noon, Jan. 1 until noon February 28, with legal gill and trammel nets. Commercial fishermen must obtain, and have in their possession while fishing, a commercial permit from the district biologist at the Hope Regional Office and report their catch to the Hope Regional Office by March 15.

(M) Calion Lake (Union County): Open noon. Jan. 1 until noon February 28. with legal gill and trammel nets. Commercial fishermen must obtain, and have in their possession while fishing, a commercial permit from the district biologist at the Camden Regional Office and report their catch to the Camden Regional Office by March 15. All rough fish caught in nets must be retained.

PENALTY: Class 2

34.04 COMMERCIAL AQUATIC TURTLE HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

(A) It is unlawful to take or attempt to take aquatic turtle eggs from the wild.

(B) It is unlawful to take or attempt to take aquatic turtles for commercial purposes by any means other than hoop nets or box type turtle traps. Commercial aquatic turtle harvest is allowed in waters of the following counties or specified portions thereof, and/or bodies of water as specified:

(1) Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot (Exception 2), Cleveland, Clay, Columbia (Exception 2), Craighead, Crittenden (Exception 2), Cross, Dallas, Desha, Drew (Exception 2), Grant, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette (Exception 2), Lawrence (Exception 2), Lawrence (east of the Black River), Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Nevada, Ouachita, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski (south of 1-30 and east of 1-440 and Arkansas Highway 67),

Randolph (east of the Black River) from the southern border to Pocahontas: from Pocahontas to Mavnard east of Arkansas Highway 115: and from Maynard to the state line east of Arkansas Highway 166). St. Francis, Saline (east of 1-30), Union, White (east of Arkansas Highway 67) and Woodruff counties;

(2) Arkansas River, from its mouth to the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line, including that part of the Arkansas River from the Ozark Dam to the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line, bounded on the north by the Union Pacific Railroad and on the south by Arkansas Highway 22 in compliance with Code 30.25.

(3) Black River from its mouth to the Missouri state line;

(4) Little River from its mouth to the Corps of Engineers boat ramp on west bank of river below Millwood Lake Dam;

(5) Ouachita River from the Louisiana state line to the Arkansas Highway 79B Bridge (Camden):

(6) Red River from the Louisiana state line to the Oklahonra/Texas state line;

(7) Sulphur River from its mouth to the Texas state line;

(8) White River from its mouth to 100 yards below Dam No. 1 at Batesville, Independence County;

(9) Arkansas waters between the main levees of the Mississippi River.

(10) All lakes, bays or other bodies of water, other than tributary streams, connected to waters as specified above, when accessible by boat, from the main channel except as limited by Addendum Chapter HI .00.

(C) When a river or stream forms the boundary between opened and closed counties, that boundary segment shall be open to tackle legal in the open county.

EXCEPTIONS:

(1) Bayou Meto Bayou in compliance with Code 38.01.

(2) The following waters are closed to commercial aquatic turtle harvest:

(a) Lake Erling, including all tributaries upstream from 100 yards below Lake Erling Dam to Arkansas Highway 313 (Lafayette County)

(b) All Commission-owned lakes (excluding all natural lakes when accessible by boat from river or stream channel on WMAs in counties listed above);

(c) Lake Columbia (Columbia County);

(d) Horseshoe Lake (Crittenden County);

(e) Lake Wallace (Drew and Chicot counties);

(f) Upper and Lower Lake Chicot (Connerly Bayou to Ditch Bayou Dam inclusive)(Chicot County).

(3) USDA Forest Service lakes, State Park lakes and lakes owned by municipalities or property-owner associations.

(4) Private landowners, in closed counties, can obtain from the Commission, a Private Land Nuisance Aquatic Turtle Permit. This permit allows the harvest of Common Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentine), Redear Sliders (Trachemys scripta), and Spiny Softshells (Apalone spinifera) for commercial purposes on private property under the following conditions:

(a) Only from manmade lakes and ponds

(b) Only by a licensed commercial aquatic turtle harvest or dealer permittee

(c) Only with legal commercial turtle harvest gear as defined above

(d) All harvested turtles shall be reported on aquatic turtle harvest report forms as specified in Code 34.07.

PENALTY: Class 1

N1.01 GAME FISH DAILY LIMITS

Alligator Gar

1

Black Basses (including not

  

more than four Smallmouth)

10

Bream (over 4 inches length)

50

Catfish (exc. Bullhead)

10

Crappie

30

Rock Bass

10

Muskellunge

6

Paddlefish

2

Pickerel

6

Sauger

6

Saugeye

6

Shovelnose Sturgeon

No Limit

Striped Bass or Hybrid (Combination)

6

Trout (including not more than:

  

2 brown trout, 2 cutthroat

  

trout, 2 brook trout)

5

Walleye

6

White Bass

25

Daily Aggregate Limit

75

Exceptions:

(1) The following bodies of water are restricted to half the daily limit for all sportfish: Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake, Cane Creek Lake [except crappie (Exception 5A)], Lake Chicot [except catfish (exception 4A), and crappie (Exception 5A)],

Horseshoe Bend Pool of the Strawberry River in Izard County. All black bass and crappie on Lower White Oak Lake must be released immediately.

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

(A) Smallmouth bass:

Ozark Zone (Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Newton, Randolph, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, and Washington counties) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 12 inches with a daily limit of four, except

Bull Shoals, Beaver, Greers Ferry, Table Rock Lakes and Lake Norfork

(see Ex. 1(B) below). Greers Ferry Lake - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 12 inches, daily limit six.

Ozark Zone Blue Ribbon Streams - Crooked Creek from Arkansas

Highway 101 bridge downstream to the confluence with the White River;

between the U.S. Highway 62-412 and U.S. Highway 62 Spur bridges at

Pyatt - smallmouth bass minimum length limit 18 inches, daily limit of one. Buffalo River from confluence with Clabber Creek downstream to the confluence with the White River - smallmouth bass minimum length limit 18 inches, daily limit of one. All other water of Crooked Creek and

Buffalo River - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 14 inches, daily limit of two.

Ozark Zone Catch-and-Release Area - Crooked Creek, along boundary of Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation property near Kelley's Slab

Access.

Ozark Zone Quality Streams - Kings River from Trigger Gap to U.S.

Highway 62 bridge smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 18 inches,

daily limit of one.

All other water of the Kings, Illinois, Spring, South Fork of the Spring and

Eleven Point rivers and War Eagle Creek - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 14 inches, daily limit of two.

Ouachita/Boston Zone (all Arkansas counties not included in the Ozark

Zone) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 10 inches, daily limit of four.

Ouachita/Boston Zone Quality Streams - (Mulberry, Caddo above

DeGray Lake, DeGray Lake, Cossatot River, Ouachita River upstream from Lake Ouachita, Ouachita River downstream from Remmel Dam,

Saline River, including its four headwater forks in Saline, Perry and

Garland counties, South Fork/Ouachita, Little Missouri above Lake

Greeson) - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 12 inches, daily limit of two.

Ouachita/Boston Zone Catch-and-Release Area - all smallmouth bass caught in Lake Ouachita including the Ouachita River upstream to the

River Bluff access and the South Fork of the Ouachita River upstream to

Hovel Branch must be immediately returned to the stream.

(B) Largemouth bass:

Grandview Lake 2 and Lake Sylvia_- daily limit five.

Lake Millwood - daily limit six.

Mallard Lake - daily limit one.

Marion McCollum Lake, Lake Sylvia - Largemouth bass caught must be immediately returned to the water.

(C) Black Bass (all species combined):

Beaver, Bull Shoals, DeGray, DeQueen, Norfork, Table Rock lakes, Lakes

Jack Nolen, Ouachita, Ashbaugh - daily limit six. Lake Lou Emma - daily limit five.

Lake Atkins - daily limit four.

(3) BREAM:

No limit on bream 4 inches or shorter.

(4) 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, from the confluence of the Mississippi/White Rivers upstream to the Benzal Railroad Bridge, and from the confluence of the Mississippi/Arkansas Rivers upstream to the Yancopin Railroad Bridge. No limit on blue and channel catfish from Little River (below Millwood Dam) Red and Sulphur Rivers.

(B) Catfish daily limit five on:

DeWitt City Park Lake (Arkansas County); Lake AtalantaJBenton County); Hidden Lake (Carroll County); Big Timber Lake and Gurdon Lake (Clark County); Hubble Lake (Clay County); Lake Bailey (Conway County); Lake Cambadelle and Lake Lou Emma (Crawford County); Marion City Park 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 County); Lake June (Lafayette County); Ward City Park Lake (Lonoke County); Hindsville Lake (Madison County); Blytheville City Park Lake (Mississippi County); Donald Branch Fishing Pond (Monroe County); Lower White Oak Lake (Ouachita County);_Lake Sylvia (Perry County); Shady Lake (Polk County); Twin Lakes A and B, Camp Ferncliff (Pulaski County); Old Davidsonville State Park Lake (Randolph County); Forrest City Park Lake (St. Francis 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, Kingfisher, Clubhouse Lakes in Petit Jean WMA (Yell County) and posted USDA Forest Service ponds and lakes.

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

(D) In addition to daily limit, 10 channel catfish and 10 blue catfish any size may be taken in Lake Erling and Millwood Lake.

(5) CRAPPIE:

(A) Crappie daily limit - 7 in Cane Creek Lake (Lincoln County), 10 in Lake Chicot, 15 in Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, Norfork reservoirs and Gurdon Lake (Clark County).

(B) Crappie daily limit - 50 between the main levees of the Mississippi River, from the confluence of the Mississippi/White Rivers upstream to the Benzal Railroad Bridge, from the confluence of the Mississippi/Arkansas Rivers upstream to the Yancopin Railroad Bridge and on Horseshoe Lake (Crittenden County).

(CJ Crappie daily limit - 20 in and Lake Monticello.

(6) WALLEYE:

(A) Beaver Lake and its tributaries; Table Rock Lake and its tributaries to Beaver Dam; Bull Shoals Lake, and Norfork Lake - minimum length limit of 18 inches, daily limit four.

(B) Greers Ferry Lake and its tributaries - protected slot limit of 20-28 inches, daily limit of six (only one of which may be longer than 28 inches).

(C) In compliance with Addendum N 1.02 and Code Chapter 28.00.

(7) WHITE BASS, STRIPED BASS, HYBRID STRIPED BASS:

(A) White bass:

Between the main levees of the Mississippi river, from the confluence of the Mississippi and White rivers upstream to the Benzal Railroad Bridge, and from the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers upstream to the Yancopin Railroad Bridge - daily limit of 50, possession limit of 100. Beaver Lake and its tributaries; lakes Ashbaugh, Sequoyah and Monticello - no limit.

(B) Striped bass and hybrid striped bass (combined): Beaver, Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes; lakes Greeson, Maumelle, and Ouachita - daily limit three. Arkansas River and connecting lakes - daily limit 10. Lake Monticello -no limit.

(8) ALLIGATOR GAR:

Alligator gar longer than 36 inches may not be harvested from noon, May 1-noon, July 1, statewide. Alligator Gar Permit is required to harvest alligator gar (Code 26.28).

(9) TROUT (BROOK, BROWN, CUTTHROAT, RAINBOW):

(A) Brown trout:

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater) and North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater) - minimum length 24 inches, daily limit one. Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) west of Arkansas Highway 59 and Spring River -minimum length 16 inches, daily limit two. Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater) from Greers Ferry Dam to Arkansas Highway 305 Bridge -protected slot limit of 16-24 inches, daily limit of five (only one of which may be longer than 24 inches).

White River (Beaver Tailwater) from Beaver Dam to boundary signs at Houseman Access - protected slot limit of 13-16 inches, daily limit of five (only one of which may be longer than 16 inches). Little Missouri River, from Narrows Dam to Arkansas Highway 27 Bridge - all brown trout must be released immediately.

(B) Cutthroat trout:

White River (Bull Shoals Lake Tailwater), North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater), Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) west of Arkansas Highway 59, Spring River - minimum length 16 inches, daily limit of two.

(C) Brook trout:

White River (Bull Shoals Lake Tailwater), North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater), Spavinaw Creek (Benton County) west of Arkansas Highway 59, Spring River - minimum length 14 inches, daily limit two.

(D) Rainbow trout:

Lake Atalanta (Benton County) - daily limit five.

All fish measurements must follow procedures listed in Code 01.00-C Length Limit definition.

N1.02 LENGTH AND PROTECTED LENGTH LIMITS ON CERTAIN LAKES AND RIVERS

(A) BLACK BASS - It is unlawful to possess black bass as follows:

(1) Largemouth bass less than 12 inches on Lake Frierson.

(2) Spotted bass less than 12 inches on, Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock lakes.

(3) All black bass less than 12 inches in Horseshoe Bend Pool on the Strawberry River.

(4) Largemouth and spotted bass less than 13 inches on Lake Ouachita.

(5) Largemouth bass 13-16 inches on lakes Austell (Cross County), Barnett . . (White County), Brewer, Wilhelmina (Polk County), Bear Creek, Bob

Kidd; Lee Creek; Sugar Loaf Lake, and Dierks Reservoir (Howard and

Sevier counties).

(6) Largemouth bass less than 13 inches on DeGrav Lake and within the boundaries of Felsenthal NWR.

EXCEPTION: No restriction in Woodland Trail Pond - located at the Felsenthal NWR Headquarters on Hwv 82 (Ashley County); Locust Ridge Pond - located at Locust Ridge on Hwy 82 (Union County); Eagle Lake Pond- located north of Eagle Lake on Bradley Road 53 (Bradley County); and Shallow Lake Field Pond located west of Shallow Lake (Union County). Person(s) keeping largemouth bass less than 13 inches from these waters must exit the NWR boundaries immediately upon leaving these ponds and may not enter NWR campgrounds or fish other NWR waters with largemouth bass less than 13 inches from these four ponds in their possession.

(7) Largemouth bass less than 14 inches on the Arkansas River and its tributaries.

(8) Smallmouth bass less than 15 inches on Beaver, Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock lakes.

(9) Largemouth bass less than 15 inches on Beaver Lake, Big Lake NWR, Blue Mountain, Bull Shoals, Georgia Pacific, Greers Ferry, Kingfisher, Norfork, Shady and Table Rock lakes; Caddo Fishing Pond; Upper and Lower Lake Chicot (including Connerly Bayou downstream from Connerly Dam to the bayou's mouth and Ditch Bayou from the inlet on Lake Chicot to Ditch Bayou Dam); Lake Greenlee, Mercer Bayou (Sulphur River WMA); and Moss Creek Pond.

(10) Black bass greater than 16 inches in Lake Winona.

(11) Largemouth bass 16-21 inches on Lake Atkins. Daily limit four (only one of which may be longer than 21 inches).

(12) Largemouth bass 16-21 inches on Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne. Daily limit two (only one of which may be longer than 21 inches).

(13) Largemouth bass daily limit ten (only one of which may be longer than 20 inches) on Lake Columbia.

(14) Largemouth bass daily limit 10 (only one of which may be longer than 18 inches) on Lake SWEPCO.

(15) Smallmouth bass less than 18 inches on the lower Little Missouri River from Narrows Dam to its mouth. Daily limit one.

(16) Largemouth bass less than 21 inches on Mallard Lake. Daily limit one.

(17) Largemouth bass 19-22 inches on Lake Monticello. Daily limit eight, only one of which may be longer than 22 inches.

(B) CRAPPIE: It is unlawful to possess crappie as follows:

(1) Less than 10 inches in Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals and Norfork Reservoirs; Cane Creek Lake in Lincoln County; Lake Chicot (including Connerly Bayou downstream from Connerly Dam to the bayou's mouth and Ditch Bayou from the inlet on Lake Chicot to Ditch Bayou Dam); Lake Charles, Lake Conway and Lake Monticello.

(2) Less than 9 inches on Blue Mountain and Harris Brake lakes.

EXCEPTION:

(1) From December-February, the minimum length limit is waived on Lake Monticello and the harvest is regulated by a 20-fish daily limit. The first 20 crappie caught, regardless of size, must be kept. Culling is not permitted. From March-November, harvest is controlled by a 10-inch minimum length, daily limit of 20.

(C) CATFISH (channel, blue and flathead):

(1) It is unlawful to possess flathead catfish less than 20 inches on the

Ouachita River from Sandy Beach Access (Ouachita County) to Remmel Dam.

(D) STRIPED BASS: It is unlawful to possess striped bass less than 20 inches on Lake Norfork and Beaver Lake.

(E) SHOVELNOSE STURGEON: It is unlawful to possess shovelnose sturgeon less than 21 inches. Shovelnose sturgeon may not be taken from the Mississippi River.

EXCEPTION:

(1) Sportfish may be snagged (except in catch-and-release areas) in compliance with Codes 26.05; 26.17 and within the restrictive size limits in this addendum chapter.

(8/27/2014)

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