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Special deer permits offer variety of hunts

LITTLE ROCK – The special WMA deer permit hunt applications currently available on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s web site, offers hunters three choices.

Each hunter may submit one application for each type of permit hunt: archery, muzzleloader and modern gun. Hunters who are not able to apply online may visit any AGFC regional office to apply in person. With each of those permit hunt types, hunters may provide their top two choices of the WMA permits available for that weapon.

Applicants for the WMA Deer Hunt Permits must provide a $5 nonrefundable processing fee for each permit choice at the time of their application. If successful, they will receive their permit without the need for any additional fees. The cost is $5 for each permit hunt application.

AGFC management goals for WMAs require certain amounts of harvest, and hunters are partners in the effort. This new method should ensure a higher percentage of avid hunters who will make use of the permit if they are drawn.

Another aspect of the permit system that is different this year is how party hunts are handled. Under the previous system, up to four people could apply together, with one person entering in all the data for the entire party. However, because payments must now be made up front, the system had to change to accommodate each person paying their own application fee if need be.

The party hunt leader will first enter their information in the permit system. A prompt will ask if they are applying as part of an existing party hunt. The party leader should enter “No,” then continue purchasing their application as though they were hunting on their own. Once their purchase is complete, they will receive an email that confirms their purchase and includes an attachment of their updated license with their unique party hunt code. All other members of the hunt party will then go online to apply, and when given the “Are you applying as part of a party hunt?” statement, they will choose “Yes.” They may then enter the party leader’s code to be added to the party hunt and pay their own application fee.

Applications are available online through July 1. Youth hunters must be at least 6 years old, but no older than 15, the day the hunt begins.

Permits will be drawn in mid-July, and an online sale for leftover permits will be in early September, if necessary.

Call 501-223-6440 or 501-223-6359 for more information on AGFC permit hunts. Go to www.agfc.com to apply.