As we have detailed in previous blog posts, there is a lot going on in the Arkansas hunting industry that deserves a bit of reporting, whether it is the controversy surrounding certain duck decoys or the latest news regarding the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. There is, to put it mildly, a wealth of material out there and at Pluck A Duck, it is our duty to report the news. After all, knowledge is power and that makes you a better hunter. However, there is something to watch out for this season and it might not be what you expect. We’re talking of course about overenthusiasm.
Many hunters are high on the thrill of the season and that may cause them to make some unwise decisions, such as hunting or wandering in national forests across the country, but this is true in Arkansas where hunters can be a bit, shall we say, overzealous when hunting for whitetail deer and other game. According to Arkansas Matters, hunting season means extra caution in national forests (Ouachita National Forest and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests).
Arkansas Matters reports, “When temperatures cool and vivid colors begin to reveal themselves across Arkansas and Oklahoma’s National Forests, visitors seeking the outdoor opportunities of autumn begin to appear. A large portion of these visitors will be on the hunt for whitetail deer, prompting Forest Service managers to urge all visitors to use extra caution.”
Some of us hunters can get swept up in the thrill of the hunt, which can sometimes result in us engaging in illegal activities like, “Baiting game species on the national forests; shooting from or across a county, state or federally maintained road; possessing or consuming alcohol during any hunting activity or while operating a motorized vehicle, including off-highway vehicles (OHVs).”
These seem like commonsense rules, rules that you should always keep in mind when hunting in any setting, but it seems that national forests makes us go a little loopy, so be extra careful when hunting this November and the rest of fall.