LITTLE ROCK —State wildlife managers on Thursday proposed a duck season format of three segments with two no-hunting splits.
Under the proposal, presented to the state Game and Fish Commission at its monthly meeting, duck, coot and merganser hunting dates are Nov. 17-25, Dec. 6-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 27.
White-fronted goose dates proposed are Nov. 17-Jan. 27, and show, blue and Ross’ goose dates proposed are Nov. 5-Jan. 27 statewide. Canada goose dates were set earlier.
The commissioners approved hunting dates for early migratory birds during the meeting.
—Doves (mourning and Eurasian-collared), Sept. 1-Oct. 25 and Dec. 26-Jan. 9. As in the past, the daily limit will be 15 mourning doves with no limit for Eurasian doves, an invasive species.
—Teal, Sept. 8-23 with a daily limit of four.
—Rail, Sept. 8-Nov. 16, limit 25.
—Woodcock, Nov. 3-Dec. 17, limit three.
—Common snipe, Nov. 1-Feb. 15, limit eight.
—Purple gallinule, Sept. 1-Nov. 9, limit 15.
—Common moorhen, Sept. 1-Nov. 9, limit 15.
—Early Canada goose, statewide, Sept. 1-15. Northwest Canada Goose Zone, Sept. 22-Oct. 1. Late Canada goose statewide, Nov. 19-Jan. 29. Limit two.
Another wildlife proposal made during the meeting was to ban the importing of deer carcasses or parts from Texas.
Chronic wasting disease has been found in some mule deer in far western Texas, and the proposal is to add Texas to a number of other states from which deer cannot be brought into Arkansas, which is free of CWD.