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Flood zones reopen for Christmas deer hunts

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- Arkansas has opened the state’s private land flood prone zones in advance of the upcoming modern gun, muzzleloader and youth deer hunts. Last week, Game and  Fish commissioners gave the director the authority to open any closed flood prone region based on the recommendation of the chief of the wildlife management division.

Several areas around the state have been closed to deer hunting because of high water. Reopening the zones will give hunters more opportunity to help control Arkansas's growing deer herd.

David Goad, chief of the Wildlife Management Division, said that most zones are within a foot or so of opening back up on their own. “Although there is a little rise occurring at some gauges, it's expected to be very short lived.  We believe there will be enough fall to allow for those zones that haven't opened on their own to go ahead and open,” he explained. “Our reasoning is based on potential falling water levels at particular gauges and we want to provide as much opportunity for kids after Christmas as possible,” he explained.

In areas where flood prone zones don't open by gauge readings, deer hunting season opened Dec. 26 and closes Jan. 8 in flood prone regions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I. Beginning Jan. 9, to determine if their flood zone is open for deer hunting, hunters should consult the flood zone hotline by calling (800)440-1477 or checking online at

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