AR: Commission creates minimum age for harvest of big game

LITTLE ROCK – During last week’s meeting of the Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission, Commissioners approved a minimum age
requirement to harvest and check big game such as deer, turkey, elk
and bear. The minimum harvest age for the upcoming seasons is now

AGFC wildlife bureau chief David Goad said that many negative
comments have been heard around the state concerning youth five and
under harvesting big game. “It is possible for a larger frame
five-year-old to meet this requirement and some youths may be eight
or nine before they can do this,” Goad said. “I feel this will
solve the problem and not discourage youth from hunting at the same
time,” he added.

This code will serve as a guideline for all AGFC personnel to
refer to when asked about youth hunting. “It would leave no doubt
to what a youth must be able to do in order to take big game,” he

Youth under the age of six can still go along with an adult and
enjoy the experience of hunting, but they can’t harvest big game
themselves until they reach the age of six. The new regulation does
not affect youth hunting small game such as squirrels.


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