The area surrounding Harrison abounds with hunting opportunities. From the Ozark National Forest to the Buffalo National River and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lands, there are thousands of acres of public land awaiting hunters. Private lands are also available for lease or guides that will take you on that memorable hunt. Special regulations sometimes apply to certain areas, so that information is available from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's website or the annual hunting regulations book.
Within a short drive of the dining and lodging Harrison has to offer, hunters can find themselves immersed in habitat rich with big game such as deer, turkey, bear, and elk. Small game is also plentiful such as rabbit and squirrel and upland birds such as dove can also be found. We are also popular for predator hunting such as coyotes, and crow.
Seasons do change slightly from time to time, but will be similar to the following each year. The archery deer season normally run from October through February with modern gun seasons in November and December, and Muzzleloader seasons in October and December. Arkansas also has a special two-day youth only hunt in early November and a special Christmas hunt.
Bear hunting is very good now in Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains with archery season running from October through November, a Muzzleloader season in October and a modern gun season in November. The bear zone surrounding Harrison has a very liberal quota for bears. Once the quota is reached though, season closes.
The area is also home to some great turkey hunting, with the spring hillsides alive with not only wildflowers and waterfalls, but the thundering gobbles of tom turkeys. The spring Turkey season usually runs from April to May for three weeks with the limit changing from year to year depending on the area. There are also fall turkey seasons for both archery and gun.
Small game seasons run through most of the fall and winter and we even have a spring squirrel season. Elk hunting takes place but on a limited basis. Public land elk hunt permits are drawn in June and applications must be received well before that date. Private land hunts are available with letter of permission from the landowner and an application to AGFC by June 30th.
For more information on hunting in our area, be sure and visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's web site at http://www.agfc.com where you can find everything from season dates and licensing information to how to apply for elk permits.