Commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard the first reading of a regulation change clarifying the carry of handguns for defensive purposes while hunting during their regular commissioner’s meeting, this month.
Under current regulations, hunters may not carry a modern gun while participating in archery or muzzleloading seasons, unless they have a valid concealed handgun carry permit. If passed, the amendment to this regulation will clarify that people may carry a handgun on commission-owned or controlled property or while hunting, fishing or trapping on private property as long as it is: 1 – for personal protection and either is not employed for hunting or is a legal killing device for a hunting season that is open and 2 – the handgun is otherwise lawfully possessed.
The proposed amendment will be presented for its final consideration and adoption at the commissions January meeting.
Commissioners also authorized the transfer of $727,129.05 from the wildlife fine money to the Arkansas Division of Rural Services so that it can be used for grants toward conservation education programs throughout the state.