Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Arkansas

Are you looking to purchase or use a crossbow in Arkansas? If so, you’ll want to be aware of the state’s crossbow laws and regulations. In this article, we’ll outline the basics of crossbow ownership regulations and usage in Arkansas so that you have a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities.

Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Arkansas

  1. You can use a crossbow to take down a big game in Arkansas.
  2. Also, crossbows are classified under archery weapons.
  3. You do not require any crossbow hunting education certificate as you do in Alaska.
  4. However, it is not legal to take down elks using a crossbow.
  5. You can not use poison on top of the arrow tips while hunting.
  6. The crossbow you use must have a draw weight of at least 125 pounds with mechanical safety.
  7. As for the broadheads, they need to be at least 7/8 inches wide.
  8. You can use scopes and sights for crossbow hunting.
  9. Crossbows are allowed during archery and firearm seasons.
  10. However, during firearm seasons, hunters must follow bag limit regulations.
  11. According To AGFC, you can take down all or any feral hogs if you find them in wildlife management areas.
  12. Make sure your crossbow is in good working order before hunting.
  13. Be aware of the state’s bowhunting regulations and keep a safe distance from any animals you might shoot.

Hunting Equipment is legal by season in Arkansas

When it comes to hunting equipment, it can be confusing to know which gear is legal to use in which season. This is because Arkansas has many different hunting seasons, and each season has different regulations for hunting equipment. Below you will find what hunting equipment is legal to use in Arkansas during each season.

Modern Gun Season:

During modern gun seasons, you can use modern guns, muzzleloaders, and archery equipment.

Muzzleloader deer/bear Season:

You can carry only muzzleloaders and archery equipment during this season.

Archery deer/bear Season:

You can carry only archery equipment during this season.

Small Game Season: You are allowed to use air rifles on the small game during the small game seasons

You are Not Allowed To Hunt deer In these situations:

  1. If you found the deer is swimming and is not on the ground
  2. If you are hunting deer from a boat OR watercraft on public water.


Please don’t take the above information as legal advice. These are simplified regulations, and there may be some exceptions. Always check with your local game warden for complete, up-to-date information on hunting in Arkansas. Also, if you find any outdated or inaccurate information, please let us know, and we will update the information.

We hope you will find this information helpful.

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