RULE 002.00.15-007 - 2015-2016 Early Migratory Bird Regulations
RULE 002.00.15-007. 2015-2016 Early Migratory Bird Regulations
Proposed 2015-2016 Early Migratory Bird Regulations
B1.01 MOURNING AND EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE SEASON AND LIMITS
Sept. 5-Oct. 24 and Dec. 19. 2015-Jan. 7. 2016.
In compliance with WMA regulations.
LIMIT: Mourning dove: Daily limit 15, possession limit 45.
Eurasian collared-doves: No daily or possession limit. Eurasian collared-doves must remain fully feathered in the field and while being transported from the field.
B1.02 TEAL SEASON AND LIMITS
Sept. 12-27. 2015.
Teal may be taken in compliance with Code 04.02 and Addendum B1.08. LIMIT: Daily limit six, possession limit 18.
B1.03 RAIL (VIRGINIA AND SORA) SEASON AND LIMITS
Sept. 12-Nov. 20, 2015.
LIMIT: Daily limit 25, possession limit 75.
B1.04 WOODCOCK SEASON AND LIMITS
Nov. 7. 2015-Dec. 21. 2015.
LIMIT: Daily limit three, possession limit nine.
B1.05 COMMON SNIPE SEASON AND LIMITS
Nov.1.2015-Feb. 15. 2016.
LIMIT: Daily limit eight, possession limit 24.
B1.06 PURPLE GALLINULE SEASON AND LIMITS
Sept. 1-Nov. 9. 2015.
LIMIT: Daily limit 15, possession limit 45.
B1.07 COMMON MOORHEN SEASON AND LIMITS
Sept. 1-Nov. 9. 2015.
LIMIT: Daily limit 15, possession limit 45.
B1.11 CANADA GOOSE SEASON AND LIMITS
Early Canada Goose Statewide Season: Sept.1-15. 2015.
Northwest Canada Goose Zone Season: Sept. 19-28, 2015. 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.
The daily limit is five Canada geese from Sept. 1-15. 2015.possession limit 15.
09.01 POSSESSION OF CERTAIN WILDLIFE IN CAPTIVITY PROHIBITED
It is unlawful to possess, hold captive, confine or enclose any live wildlife, whether native or non-native, migratory or imported, unless otherwise specified herein. EXCEPTIONS:
(1) Accredited members of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association
(2) Persons possessing and holding captive wildlife in compliance with Chapter 09.00.
(3) Persons possessing and holding captive fish, bullfrogs, mussels, aquatic turtles and alligators in compliance with Chapters 29.00; 30.00; 31.00; 32.00; 33.00; 34.00; 35.00.
(4) Persons may be permitted to possess and hold captive on a temporary basis captive-reared mallards, pen-raised quail, coyote, fox or raccoon for the sole purpose of dog training or conducting field trials sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, National Field Retriever Association, North American Hunting Retriever Association, Hunting Retrievers Club, United Kennel Club, Professional Kennel Club, or American Coon Hunters Association upon requesting and receiving a_Shoot-to-Kill Retrieving Dog Training Permit (for captive-reared mallards) and/or written approval from the Chief of Wildlife Management.
(5) Persons determined by the Commission to be involved in bona fide scientific research, education or conservation efforts of significant benefit to wildlife or wildlife habitat, in Arkansas may be permitted to possess and hold captive wildlife in compliance with the terms of a special permit issued by the Chief of Wildlife Management.
(6) Persons with a valid U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Exhibition Permit may possess and hold captive wildlife allowed by that permit. Holders of this permit are not exempt from subsequent regulations in Chapter 09.00.
(7) Persons with a valid U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird permit may possess migratory birds in compliance with the terms of that permit. Holders of this permit are not exempt from subsequent regulations in Chapter 09.00. Holders of a valid U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raptor Propagation Permit are not required to obtain a Commission Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit to propagate or distribute raptors.
(8) The following species are exempt from rules regarding captive wildlife in Codes 09.02; 09.07; 09.10: buffalo (Bos bison), emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), llama (Lama glama), Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata), European domestic ferret (Mustela putorius), hamster (Mesocricetus auratus, Phodopus campbelli, Phodopus sungorus, Cricetulus griseus, Phodopus roborovskii), Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), Congo peacock (Arfopavo congensis), Green peafowl (Pavo muticus), Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), ringneck dove (Streptopelia risoria), gerbils (Subfamily Gerbillinae), common white mice and common white rats, and wolf/dog hybrids.
PENALTY: Class 2
(1) Any wildlife possessed in violation of this regulation may be declared contraband and subject to immediate seizure.
(2) Upon conviction, or before, if so ordered by a court having legal jurisdiction, title to the wildlife shall be forfeited to the Commission and released or disposed of in compliance with Commission policy.
(3) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs accrued in the storage, care, and maintenance of any equipment or wildlife seized in connection with the violation.
(4) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs of any and all tests and/or examinations of the illegal wildlife and also shall be liable for the costs of destruction and/or disposal of the illegal wildlife, as deemed necessary by the Commission for the protection of native wildlife.
09.07 WILDLIFE BREEDER/DEALER PERMIT REQUIRED
It is unlawful to rear, breed, propagate, produce, distribute, sell or offer for sale any wildlife in Arkansas without first obtaining a valid Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit from the Commission (Addendum F1.03).
(1) Fish, bullfrogs, mussels, aquatic turtles and alligators in compliance with Code 09.06 and Chapters 29.00; 30.00; 31.00; 32.00; 33.00; 34.00; 35.00.
(2) Red fox, gray fox and coyote legally trapped in Arkansas may be sold by persons with a valid hunting license and trapping permit.
(3) Accredited members of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association .
(4) Holders of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Raptor Propagation Permits may propagate, distribute and sell raptors without a Commission Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit.
(5) Holders of Game Bird Shooting Resort Permits do not need a Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit unless they are actively engaged in rearing, breeding, propagating, producing, distributing, selling or offering for sale, game birds or other wildlife.
(6) Wildlife listed in Code 09.01. Exception 8.
(7) In compliance with Code 09.15.
PENALTY: Class 3
(1) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs accrued in the storage, care and maintenance of any equipment or wildlife seized in connection with the violation.
(2) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs of any and all tests and/or examinations of the illegal wildlife and shall be liable for the costs of destruction and/or disposal of the illegal wildlife, as deemed necessary by the Commission for the protection of native wildlife.
09.10 WILDLIFE IMPORTATION PERMIT REQUIRED
(A) It is unlawful to import live wildlife into Arkansas without a valid Wildlife
Importation Permit issued by the Commission. This permit shall be required regardless of the final destination of the wildlife, whether in
Arkansas or points beyond. It also is unlawful for any person to receive, acquire, purchase or possess any wildlife imported into Arkansas in violation of this regulation.
(B) It is unlawful for the holder of a Wildlife Importation Permit to cause or permit any wild animal or bird to be imported into Arkansas under inhumane or unhealthy conditions (Addendum F1.04).
(1) Aquatic wildlife (as described under definition of wildlife), other than those species prohibited by Code 26.13. Imports for aquaculture must comply with Code 35.09. Refer to the Approved Aquaculture Species List in Addendum J 1.01. Aquatic wildlife may not be released, Code 26.12.
(2) Wildlife exchanged with other states by the Commission.
(3) Accredited members of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association e.
(4) A Wildlife Importation Permit is not required for a nonresident falconer with a valid Non-Resident Arkansas Hunting License, and possessing a valid falconry permit from another state, to import legally possessed raptors into Arkansas for the purposes of hunting, provided the birds will not stay in Arkansas longer than 30 consecutive days and are in compliance with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission regulations relating to the entry of birds into the state.
(5) A Wildlife Importation Permit is not required for a resident falconer with a valid Arkansas Hunting License, and a valid Arkansas falconry permit to import legally possessed raptors into Arkansas, provided they are in compliance with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission regulations relating to the entry of birds into the state.
(6) Circuses and others possessing U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Exhibition Permits may import wildlife into or through Arkansas temporarily for the limited purposes of performance or display under terms of a special permit issued by the Chief of Wildlife Management.
(7) Wildlife listed in Code 09.01. Exception 8.
(8) Up to six box turtles (Genus Terrapene) may be brought into Arkansas as pets without a permit.
PENALTY: Class 3
(1) All equipment, including any form of legal tender, and all wildlife imported in violation of this regulation may be seized by Enforcement Officers, confiscated by the court, forfeited to the State and disposed of according to law (Code 01.00D).
(2) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs incurred in the storage, care and maintenance of any equipment, wildlife and/or fish seized in connection with the violation.
(3) Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs of any and all tests and/or examinations of the illegally imported wildlife, and also shall be liable for the costs of destruction and/or disposal of the illegally imported wildlife, as deemed necessary by the Commission for the protection of native wildlife.
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 J 1.00) 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:
* Big Bayou Meto upstream from Arkansas Highway 11;
* Plum Bayou upstream from U.S. Highway 79;
* Little Maumelle River upstream from Pinnacle Mountain State Park;
* Maumelle River upstream from Lake Maumelle Dam;
* Fourche LaFave upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;
* Palarm Creek upstream from Interstate 40;
* Cadron Creek upstream from the weir;
* Point Remove Creek upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;
* Petit Jean River upstream from Pontoon Boat Ramp at Arkansas Highway 154;
* Illinois Bayou upstream from Russellville Waterworks Dam;
* Big Piney and Little Piney creeks upstream from Arkansas Highway 359;
* Horsehead Creek upstream from Interstate 40;
* Mulberry River upstream from Interstate 40;
* Frog Bayou upstream from Arkansas Highway 162 and Lee Creek upstream from Lee Creek Dam,
* 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 redhorse).
COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN - Any person who fishes with tackle designated as commercial tackle requiring a license and/or tag issued by the
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.
(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 offish.
(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
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, any Old World swine, or the family Tayassuidae, including without limitation peccary, javelin, and New World swine, which is roaming freely and is living in a wild or feral state, and is not conspicuously identified as required under §§ 2-34-101 and §§ 2-34-102.
FIREARM - Any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel, including without limitation modern guns, air guns and muzzleloaders (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, Eurasian collared dove 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.
HARVEST/HARVESTING - To reduce to possession.
HAZARDOUS WAKE - Wash or wake upon an approaching, passing or stationary vessel, including but not limited to a wake that causes other vessels to take on water, or a wash or wake that is sufficient to toss occupants of other vessels about in a manner to cause injury or the risk of injury.
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 offish 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.
HYBIRD RAPTORS - A raptor produced from a cross-breeding birds of two different taxa, one or both of which are listed in 50 CFR 10.13, and any offspring of such raptors.
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 (Pantheraled) , 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.
(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, Eurasian collared dove, ducks, gallinules or moorhens, geese, rails, snipe and woodcock.
MILITARY RETIREE - 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 IMPAIRED - 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
NEGLIGENT OPERATION - Operation in a manner that endangers the life,
limb, or property of a person including but not limited to, inattentive operation,
failure to keep proper lookout, colliding, striking or bumping another vessel or object, weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel too close to such other vessel, or operation in a manner or at a speed that exceeds the safe and reasonable limits under existing conditions.
NIGHT - The time period 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
NOODLING - The taking offish 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 property 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 at one time including but not limited to tripod stands, lean-to stands, lock-on stands, ladder stands, and climbing stands (Box stands are not portable hunting stands).
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,
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.
PUBLIC WATERS - Waters that members of the public have a legal right to access and use for recreational purposes, including all legally navigable waters.
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 offish is imposed.
RAPTOR - Migratory bird of the Order Falconiformes, Accipitriformes or the Order Strigiformes.
REAR OR REARING - To maintain plants or animals to increase their size or development.
RECKLESS OPERATION - Operation in a manner that endangers the life, limb, or property of a person including but not limited to, striking or bumping another vessel, weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel too close to such other vessel. Swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision or operation in a manner or at a speed that exceeds the safe and reasonable limits under existing conditions.
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.
(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,
(iv) Resident foreign exchange students attending school outside of Arkansas.
(v) Active-duty military personnel assigned to duty stations in Arkansas,
(vi) Active-duty military personnel who were Arkansas residents at the time of entering service, regardless of where currently stationed,
(vii) Members of the National Guard who are assigned to an Arkansas Guard Unit.
(c) 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.
Non-Expiring Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing License and Sportsman's Permit.
(d) 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, cutthroat trout, salmon and char.
VESSEL - Every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation, including motorboats and personal watercraft.
WATERFOWL - All species of coots, ducks, geese and swans.
WATERS OF THE STATE - All streams, lakes, ponds, sloughs, bayous, marshes or any other waters either permanent or intermittent located wholly or partially within Arkansas. Provided, however, "waters of the state" shall not include pay lakes and fish farms or any waters that are confined within a pond, tank, or lake, situated entirely on the premises of a single private owner and which, except under abnormal flood conditions, are not connected withany of other flowing stream or body of water that extends beyond the premises of such owner.
WILD - To be living in a state of nature and not domesticated. WILDLIFE - All wild birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and other wild aquatic forms, and all other wild animals, regardless of classification, whether resident, migratory or imported, protected or unprotected, dead or alive, and shall extend to and include any and every part of any individual species of wildlife, including animals living in a captive state and which lack a genetic distinction from members of the same species living in the wild. Aquatic wildlife includes all aquatic species, including aquatic snails, aquatic turtles, crayfish (crawdads and crayfish), fish (including minnows), frogs, mussels and salamanders.
WILDLIFE 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.
F1.03 WILDLIFE BREEDER/DEALER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
(A) Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permits may be issued to applicants complying with the following requirements:
(1) The applicant must be at least 18 years old and shall not have been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere for, violating any federal, state or municipal law governing captive wildlife, illegal appropriation or commercialization of wildlife, or cruelty to animals within five years of the application date.
(2) The applicant shall provide to the Commission, in writing, proof from the county judge or sheriff and any municipal planning commission or board with jurisdiction, stating that the applicant's facility shall be in compliance with all local ordinances; and
(3) The applicant shall submit a written application (available from the Commission) for each facility to be permitted.
(B) The requested permit shall be denied if:
(1) The applicant fails to meet any of the issuance criteria set forth in this addendum chapter;
(2) The applicant fails to disclose material information required, or makes false statements as to any material fact in connection with the application, or supplies false information or makes a false statement on the application;
(3) The Commission finds, through further inquiry or investigation, the issuance of the permit may be potentially harmful to the wildlife resources of the State.
(4) The applicant is seeking to permit a new facility for:
(a) Rearing, breeding, propagating, producing, distributing or possessing large carnivores or mountain lions.
(b) Rearing, breeding, propagating, producing or distributing any member of the cervidae family.
(c) The importation, propagation, sale, transfer, barter or distribution of box turtles (genus Terrapene); or
(d) Rearing, breeding, propagating, producing or distributing primates except facilities accredited by the Zoological Association of America; or
(5) The applicant is seeking a Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit for waterfowl on properties where poultry is raised for sale, show or exhibition.
(C) Permit Requirements:
(1) The applicant shall supply satisfactory evidence stock has been/will be secured from a legal source.
(2) Stock may be slaughtered in accordance with established husbandry practices for slaughter of domestic livestock.
(3) Fencing of enclosures in which deer, elk or other big game animals are to be held shall consist of a permanent deer-proof fence at least 8 feet tall and constructed in a manner that prohibits escape of captive wildlife and prohibits entry of native wildlife.
(4) Waterfowl hatched in wildlife breeder/dealer facilities shall be banded with a seamless metal band.
(5) Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit holders for cervids shall only sell live cervids to Arkansas residents who possess a current Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit for cervids, Arkansas residents who possess a current Commercial Wildlife Hunting Resort Permit for cervids or to buyers outside Arkansas.
(6) Live bobwhite quail sold to Arkansas residents who do not possess a Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit or Game Bird Shooting Resort Permit must be banded by the permit holder.
(7) Rearing, breeding, propagating, producing or distributing primates shall not be permitted except facilities accredited by the Zoological Association of America.
(D) Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements:
(1) Legible records of all wildlife acquisitions and dispositions, including births, deaths, sales, slaughter and transport, shall be kept.
(2) Records shall include evidence of legal possession of all wildlife kept under the permit, including licenses, bills of sale, bills of lading, receipts, invoices or other satisfactory evidence of ownership. Records shall include date of acquisition, place of origin, and the name, address and telephone number of the person from whom the wildlife was acquired.
(3) Records of sale shall include the name, address and telephone number of the person to whom the wildlife was sold, and the number of each species sold to each person.
(4) Records must be retained throughout the time the wildlife is possessed by the permittee or for five years, whichever is longer.
(5) Holders of Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permits shall submit legible, complete monthly reports (forms available from the Commission) of their inventory and any births, deaths, sales or purchases of wildlife by the fifth of the following month.
(6) Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit holders who possess cervids in facilities larger than 25 acres where the animals are allowed free range may report an estimated inventory number based on a Commission-approved survey technique.
(7) Stock shall only be acquired from either a Commission-permitted Wildlife Breeder/Dealer or have been brought into the state in accordance with a Commission Wildlife Importation Permit. Permits will not be issued to and existing permits may be revoked for facilities that have acquired stock by any other method.
(E) Disease Testing and Control:
(1) The director of the Commission, in consultation with the director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, or their designees, shall determine mechanisms and procedures for control of diseases and parasites in captive wildlife within Arkansas. Such mechanisms and procedures shall include, but not be limited to, examination, testing, quarantine and slaughter or destruction of individual animals and/or herds or flocks that are, or in the opinion of the Commission may be, infected with a disease or parasite that may have significant detrimental effect on native wildlife, other captive wildlife, livestock or the public health of the citizens of Arkansas.
(2) Examinations, testing, quarantine and slaughter of captive wildlife shall be conducted at the expense of the owner. As a condition of any permit issued under this addendum chapter, the Commission may require the captive wildlife be quarantined for a period specified by the Commission.
(3) All Cervids that die in captivity must be tested for chronic wasting disease. Copies of test results shall be forwarded to the Commission within seven days of receipt.
(4) Captive Cervid facilities must be in compliance with all Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission requirements.
(5) Permitted Wildlife Breeder/Dealer facilities in which birds are kept are required to adhere to Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission requirements regarding pullorum-typhoid disease tests and are encouraged to participate in the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
(6) Each Wildlife Breeder/Dealer facility where waterfowl are kept is required to test 60 birds for duck virus enteritis using the PCR technique every May. Facilities containing less than 60 birds shall test all birds in stock. Samples shall be taken by a licensed veterinarian and submitted to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission at the owner's expense. Copies of test results shall be forwarded to the Commission within seven days of receipt.
(7) Flocks testing positive for duck virus enteritis shall be quarantined or destroyed by the owner or operator within 14 days and the carcasses disposed of in accordance with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission regulations.
(F) Facility and Caging Requirements:
All wildlife possessed under a Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit in Arkansas shall be maintained in a permanent enclosure, pen, or cage strong enough to prevent escape of the wildlife and protect them from injury. All wildlife shall be maintained in humane and healthy conditions. Birds must be kept in buildings or covered pens that prevent escape and that do not allow entry of wild birds. Enclosures shall be kept in good repair at all times and gates shall be securely fastened with latches or locks. Enclosures, pens or cages considered unsafe by Commission personnel must be repaired or reconstructed within 10 days or as specified by the Commission.
(1) Facilities containing large carnivores and mountain lions shall meet the following requirements:
(a) A written plan of action shall be prepared and a copy submitted with permit application for use in the following events: Severe damage to enclosures from fire, wind, floods or other natural forces; animals attacking and/or injuring humans, and animals escaping enclosures. Plans should identify the location of temporary holding facilities and necessary mechanisms to safely transport large carnivores to these facilities. Recapture plans shall outline procedures for handling and recapturing escaped large carnivores. Plans should include a list of safety equipment which shall be available for use. The Commission shall immediately be notified upon the escape of any large carnivores or mountain lions. In the event of sickness, the name, address, phone number, and signature of the veterinarian who has agreed to care for the animal shall be provided.
(b) A perimeter fence sufficient to deter entry by the public, at least 8 feet tall shall completely surround cages where animals are housed or exercised outdoors. Perimeter fences that allow objects to be passed through them, such as chain link or welded wire, shall be at least 3 feet from cages or exercise areas.
(c) Warning signs must be posted at the entrance to the property.
(d) All cages or enclosures shall be equipped with an entrance or device that allows a keeper to enter or exit a cage without providing an avenue of escape to an animal (such as a double-gated entry door, interconnected cages that can be isolated from each other, a lock-down area, or other comparable device). Safety entrances shall be constructed of materials of equivalent strength as those prescribed for cage construction. Doors or gates in perimeter fences shall be locked when unattended.
(e) Cages shall be equipped with a lockout area that allows the keeper access while the animal is contained in a separate area.
(f) Cages shall be well braced and securely anchored at ground level to prevent escape by digging or erosion. The fasteners and fittings used in construction shall be of equivalent strength to the material required for cage construction.
(g) In facilities containing tigers, African lions and bears cage construction materials shall consist of at least 9-gauge chain link or equivalent materials. In facilities containing mountain lions, cage construction materials shall consist of at least 11-gauge chain link or equivalent materials. Juvenile animals may be kept in incubation or rearing facilities not meeting these standards until they weigh more than 25 pounds.
(h) Cages containing a single African lion, tiger or bear shall have a cage floor at least 300 square feet and shall be at least 8 feet tall. For each additional animal the cage size shall be increased 100 square feet.
(i) Cages containing a single mountain lion shall have a cage floor at least 200 square feet and shall be at least 8 feet tall. For each additional animal the cage size shall be increased 100 square feet.
(j) Large carnivores and mountain lions may temporarily be housed in cages or enclosures smaller than specified in this chapter while being transported, while in veterinary care or while being quarantined provided temporary caging is large enough for the animal to stand up, lie down and turn around without touching the sides of the enclosure or another animal.
(k) Open-top outdoor exercise areas are allowed providing they have vertical walls at least 12 feet tall, topped by either: an inward-angled overhang at an angle between 35 and 55 degrees, which is at least 2 feet long and of equal strength as the cage walls; or, two strands of electric fencing, one of which is 1 foot below the top of the vertical wall, and the other at the top of the wall or the upper 3 feet of the interior of the fence consists of sheer, solid metal. Animals may not be left in exercise areas overnight.
(l) Permit holders whose facility, including enclosures, pens and cages, is not in compliance with this Commission Addendum Chapter shall be notified in writing and shall have 10 days to correct the violation.
(m) If the violation has not been corrected in 10 days of notification, the Commission may revoke any existing permit and may refuse to issue any future permit. Such revocation or refusal to issue a future permit shall be in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed.
(1) Any person issued a Wildlife Breeder/Dealer Permit shall allow entry, at any reasonable hour, to Commission employees or their agents to inspect any wildlife and/or facilities kept under authority of the permit.
(2) Each permittee shall pen the captive wildlife in suitable pens and restrain them for inspection, at a reasonable time, when requested to do so by the employee or agent.
(H) Renewal, Transfer, Suspension and Revocation:
(1) Permits may be revoked for failure to comply with the terms of the permit or with the terms of this Commission Addendum Chapter.
(2) Persons in violation of the terms of this permit, violation of the Commission Addendum, or upon conviction of associated regulations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shall be notified in writing of such violations and shall have 20 days to respond.
(3) If, at the end of 20 days, just cause has not been given, the Commission may suspend or revoke any existing permit and refuse to issue any future permit. Permit suspension, revocation or refusal shall be in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed.
(4) Upon revocation, permit holder must legally remove all captive wildlife within the time designated in the revocation, not to exceed 60 days, and failure to do so shall result in the Commission taking action, per Commission policy, at the permit holder's expense.
(5) No existing permit can be transferred to another person, firm or corporation rearing, breeding, propagating, producing or distributing any member of the Cervidae family.(7/23/2015)
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