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Some permit deer hunts cancelled, others an option

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- Unusually high water has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to close many scheduled permit deer hunts on wildlife management areas in eastern Arkansas. Other hunts have been given an optional status with hunters being able to choose between hunting or receiving a refund on their permit and preference points.

As of 3 p.m., Nov. 3, the following permit hunts have been cancelled.

• Dave Donaldson Black River WMA Muzzleloader Hunt (Nov. 7-9)
• Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-11)
• Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-11)
• Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA Muzzleloader Hunt (Nov. 7-9)
• Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA Youth Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-8)

Permit recipients for these hunts have been mailed notification of the closure and will receive a refund for their permit and will have their preference points restored as if they had not been drawn this year.
Some permit hunts in flooded areas are still scheduled, but hunters have the option to receive a refund and have their preference points restored if they decide to skip the hunt.

The following hunts have been given “optional” status:

• Bayou Meto WMA Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-11)
• Cut-Off Creek WMA Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-11)
• Cypress Bayou WMA Modern Gun Hunt (Nov. 7-11)

Hunters who want a refund must return their permit by mail (postmarked by Nov. 6, 2008). Hunters who wish to hunt the area as planned should expect extensive flooding and should exercise extreme caution when accessing these areas.

Requests for refunds must be mailed by Nov. 6 to:

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Attn: Permit Refunds
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

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