Turkey hunt

Kevin Freeman of Arkansas with a mature turkey.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept applications Jan. 15 – Feb. 15 from hunters who want to hunt on many wildlife management areas during the 2022 Arkansas turkey season.

Many good public turkey hunting opportunities exist, particularly on the large cooperative WMAs owned by the U.S. Forest Service. However, turkeys and turkey hunters need room to spread out, which can lead to conflicts between hunters on some smaller WMAs.

To increase the quality of the hunt in some of the most popular public areas, the AGFC restricts the number of hunters allowed during turkey season through random drawings.

Only permit holders may hunt on the WMA during the permit hunt. However, a permit holder can have a friend alongside them to call for them. Friends and family may camp with permit holders at designated campsites on the WMA as well.

Applications are taken electronically through www.agfc.com, and winning applicants will be notified via email. Applications require a $5 nonrefundable processing fee. Winning applicants are not required to pay any additional fees beyond the purchase of their hunting license.

Visit www.agfc.com/en/hunting /turkey/turkeypermits to view a list of available permits and odds of drawing.

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