Starting today(April 1), hunters in the River Valley can register for the upcoming urban deer season.
One restriction: archery equipment only, such as longbows, recurve bows, or compound bows; crossbows are not allowed.
The goal is to reduce the number of deer in city limits. There is no bag limit or antler restrictions.
However, you do need to meet a list of requirements. They include: attending an urban hunting orientation with a $50.00 confirmation fee.
You must also have a valid urban bowhunting permit issued by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“Well you don’t get that permit without jumping through a few hoops first, ” said local hunter Howard Robinson, “I guess it’s worth it. The people going through it are really doing a service to the city of Fort Smith.”
For a full list of the requirements and regulations set by the AGFC, click here.
The season will take place from September 6 to January 31, 2015 in eight Arkansas communities including Fort Smith and Barling.
Registration closes May 1.