Arkansas Deer Population: An estimate of 1.1 million deer in 2022, 900,000 in 2020, estimated at 1 million or more deer in 2012 through 2018, a million in 2011. A record hunt of 216,835 deer taken in 2020 with a lot of hunters afield during the pandemic.
Clarksville man faces jail time for illegally dumping deer carcasses January 13, 2023 Arkansas, KNWA News
... Arkansas Game and Fish found that a taxidermy and processing business in the area paid a man to dispose of the carcasses ...
Piles of deer carcasses and bones dumped on Johnson County, Arkansas land January 10, 2023 Arkansas, YAHOO!News
... Illegally dumping deer carcasses can spread chronic waste disease, a commission spokesman reports. None of the remains had been buried properly when found, and the man accused of dumping them did not have permission, law officers allege...
As promised: Arkansas’ wolf report December 11, 2022 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
... I have received reports of at least 12 gray wolves in the state, not counting the private restocking of wolves from Minnesota or old reports of a red wolf killed in the 1950s. It seems that Arkansas has a wolf population of between 75 and 125 ...
5 Best Whitetail Hunting States in the Southeastern U.S. October 23, 2022 Arkansas, Wide Open Spaces
... a very healthy deer herd estimated around 1.1 million animals and an abundance of public land open to hunting with 3.2 million acres or 9.7% of the state...
AGFC using new tactic to tackle chronic wasting disease October 7, 2022 Arkansas, KSLA
... “If we have a hunter anywhere in the state and they want to get their deer tested, look on AGFC.com. There is a list of available drop-off locations, there’s also available taxidermist that we’re working with, and so there are many options to have their deer tested,” ...
Why Do Baby Deer Have Spots? August 8, 2022 Arkansas, Mental Floss
... As Henderson State University biology professor Renn Tumlison explains, the flecks effectively camouflage a fawn by mimicking patches of sunlight that shine through trees and other plants, landing unevenly across the already-varied neutral hues on the forest floor...
The state strategy is a balanced hunt in terms of age and sex distributions, but many hunters won't shoot does. In 2013, for the first time ever, more does that bucks were reported in the harvest 107,247 does to 105,952 bucks. A legal buck must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack. Habitat is limited for deer, so populations are low in the northeast and the Ouachita Mountains. The peak of the rut is between October 28 and November 21 in the west of the state, a little later in the east, between Nov. 22 and Dec. 14. Average peak is Nov. 11.
Chronic Wasting Disease was first discovered in 2016 in an elk found dead near Pruitt on the Buffalo National River in October of 2015. Many new cases were discovered that year indicating the disease had been prevalent earlier. By early December, 150 white-tailed deer and six elk were confirmed with CWD. Seventy new cases discovered during the 2017 deer season. In the 2018-19 hunting season 238 new cases. A total of 770 cases into December 2019. For the 2020-21 hunting season 7,808 samples from white-tailed deer and 57 samples resulted in 261 deer and seven elk testing positive with four more discovered at the end of the year. In 2016 the AGFC said there is no link between a case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease reported Wednesday in Fayetteville and chronic wasting disease in Newton County.
History: Deer were abundant prior to the arrival of Europeans, but over hunting and habitat destruction reduced the deer herd to about 2,000 in 1919. The 1917 Legislature passed an act to restrict hunting of does until 1922. An estimate of abut 500 deer in the 1920s. The 1927 flood killed many deer; the 1930 deer count was about 500 or less. When mandatory checking of hunted deer started in 1938, a population estimate of 5,000, just 203 deer were checked.
Restocking and deer refuges were implemented for the next 20 years, a buck only harvest was instituted to boost the herd. There were 44 refuges or deer farms in the restocking program in 1950. "In the 1940s and 1950s, the focus was on protecting does because the goal was to bring back populations from near extinction.
By 1946 biologists estimated there were nearly 32,000 whitetails in the state. An estimated 40,000 deer by 1950. By 1960 about 200,000. By 1972, when the population had reached 300,000, deer had spread to nearly every part of the state..,
About 300,000 deer in 1972 and 500,000 by 1985 when management shifted to stabilization with a significant doe harvest. An estimated 1989 population of 700,000 and 1990. In 1998 the three point rule made it illegal to shoot a buck with less than three antler points on one side, an effort to improve age demographics. About 25 percent of hunting is on public land.
Population Estimates: 25,000 in 1940, 230,000 in 1968. Estimates: Abundant in 1890. 2,000 in 1919. By 1930, less than 500. By 1946, nearly 32,000. In 1950. 40,000. In 1972, 300,000. Estimated at 33,565 in 1945. A 1954 estimate of 100,000 to 150,000.
Elk About 600 elk in 2016.
Mountain Lion: An unofficial estimate of 20 to 30 in the state in 2018, at least one female with cubs seen, another estimate of about 100.
Wolves: An unofficial estimate of 75 to 125 in 2022.
Report Sick Deer: (800) 482-9262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Information on Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas
Other useful links:
Report sick deer to Game and Fish at 1-800-482-9262
- Statewide Goals and Objectives General Objective Example for Deer Management Manage and maintain a healthy, stable deer herd appropriate for the habitat.