Dates of the deer season 2021-2022

Archery: Sep 25, 2021 – Feb 28 2022

Muzzleloading: October 16-24, 2021

Modern woodless firearms hunting only on private land: December 29-31, 2021

Special modern gun hunt for young people: November 6-7, 2021 and January 1-2, 2022

Modern firearm: Nov. 13-Dec. 19 and 26-28 Dec. 2021

Bag limit in zone 12

Five deer, no more than two males, which may include:

• Two dollars with archery, muzzleloader or modern weapon, OR

• Five does with archery, OR

• Five does with a muzzle magazine and a modern pistol combined.

To note:

• Dogs authorized for deer hunting 13 Nov-Dec. 19.

• Legal bucks must be button bucks or have at least three dots on one side of their rack.

• Button dollars count towards a hunter’s dollar limit in area 12.

State-wide bag limit

Six deer, no more than two of which may be males. The statewide seasonal bag limit can be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as the zone bag limits are not exceeded.

Deer hunting regulations

Timber Point Restrictions: The end of the main beam and all 1 inch long stitches count as points for timber point restrictions.

For young hunters: Hunters between the ages of 6 and 15 can harvest any buck regardless of size or tip of antlers.

Three Point Rule: A legal buck must have both antlers less than 2 inches (button button) or have three or more points on one side of his rack. The three-point rule applies statewide, unless otherwise noted below.

On Bald Knob, Big Lake, Cache River, Felsenthal, Holla Bend, Overflow, Pond Creek, Wapanocca and White River NWRs; Rex Hancock Black Swamp and U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WMAs All deer can be legally shot during all deer hunts.

Hunter Orange Requirements: Hunters and those accompanying hunters in areas where modern deer, bear, or elk seasons are open must wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange, chartreuse, or blaze camouflage over the top. size and a head garment of the same safe colors.

Baited deer: Baiting is the direct or indirect placement, display, deposit, distribution or dispersal of salt, grain or other food that could serve to attract or attract wildlife to, on or to the above an area where hunters are trying to take them. An area is considered baited for 10 days after complete removal of the bait.

• Hunters can bait and feed deer on private land outside of the MDC management area year round.

• Food plots can be used all year round.

• Baiting is not permitted in Wildlife Management Areas.

Bait can be used to hunt deer and elk on private land from September 1 to December 1. 31.

Deer hunting near water:

• The swimming deer cannot be hunted.

• Deer cannot be driven or captured from a boat.

• Deer cannot be hunted from a boat on public waters.

Legal hunting equipment


Long, recurve and compound bows: must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Riflescopes, chain locks and mechanical chain triggers can be used. Big game hunters should use arrowheads at least 7/8 inches wide (mechanics OK). Arrows and arrowheads containing gun ammo or poison cannot be used.

Crossbow: Crossbows must have a pull of at least 125 pounds and mechanical safety. Staves can be used. Big game hunters should use arrowheads at least 7/8 inches wide (including mechanics). Arrows and arrowheads containing gun ammo or poison cannot be used.

Propelled arrows: Arrows propelled by a compressed air system or by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant may not be used.

Mouth feeder

To be used for deer hunting, muzzle-loading rifles must have an 18-inch or larger barrel and be .40 caliber or larger. Magnifying sights can be used. The use of shot is not legal. Legal muzzle loaders use flint, a percussion cap, primer or electronic impulse, must have the bullet loaded through the muzzle, and are not capable of firing a cartridge.

Hunters can use muzzleloader handguns with:

• barrels of 9 inches or more

• caliber .45 or more if they fire conical bullets (200 grains or more), or

• Caliber .530 or more if they shoot round bales.

A hunter may carry a muzzle-loading handgun of any caliber as a replacement for a muzzle-loading rifle.

Modern gun

Modern weapons can be used for deer EXCEPT:

• buckshot in a .410 shotgun.

• shot smaller than # 4 buckshot in any shotgun.

• rimfire cartridges, military ammunition or with a metal jacket.

• Centerfire rifles or handguns less than .22 caliber.

• handguns with a barrel less than 4 inches.

The CFGA has approved the use of large caliber air rifles that meet certain standards for the modern white-tailed deer season. The large caliber air rifle must be at least .40 caliber, fire a single expandable bullet, produce at least 400 feet / pounds of muzzle energy, and be loaded from an external tank. Large caliber air rifles are not legal for harvesting bears or elk.