For deer hunting enthusiasts, or just casual hunters, Faulkner County has three deer zones. There is little difference in the rules but caution is needed by sportsmen to know what zone they are in.
Southern Faulkner is in Deer Zone 10. Central and western Faulkner is in Deer Zone 8. Northeastern Faulkner is in Deer Zone 8A.
If you know which zone your hunting spot was in last season, nothing has changed. If you are looking for a new place to hunt or maybe an alternate place, better check the deer zone map in the Hunting Guidebook of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Deer Zone 10 in Faulkner is everything south of U.S. Highway 64 and Arkansas Highway 36. This includes Vilonia and the southern part of Mount Vernon.
Deer Zone 8 in Faulkner is everything north of U.S. Highway 64, west of Arkansas Highway 36 and west of Arkansas Highway 107. This includes Greenbrier, Wooster and Guy.
Deer Zone 8A is everything north of Arkansas Highway 36 and east of Arkansas Highway 107. Mount Vernon is divided by the zone line, and this zone includes Enola, Barney and Enders.
Faulkner deer dates — Archery Sept. 28-Feb. 28; Muzzle-loader: Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16; Private Land Antlerless Only Modern Gun Hunt: Oct. 12-16; Youth Modern Gun Hunt: Nov. 2-3 and Jan. 4-5; Modern Gun: Nov. 9-Dec. 1 and Dec. 26-28.
Here’s something to keep in mind if you are wanting to take more than one or two deer. You can hunt one zone in Faulkner, get that zone’s limit then move to another zone and take some more deer – up to the statewide limit of six, no more than two bucks.
Six deer. Wow. That would fill your freezer, wouldn’t it?
Zones 8, 8A and 10 have the same basic regulations for deer hunting. Each has a season zone limit of four deer, of which two can be bucks. Dogs are allowed in each zone. Only one doe can be taken by muzzle-loader and modern gun combined. Four does can be taken with archery gear, including crossbows.
So — two bucks by any method, one doe with firearms. This means you would have to use archery for another doe to get to that zone limit of four.
We are fortunate in Faulkner that the zone rules are the same. Many other counties with two or more deer zones have differences in the rules.
Prospects for the upcoming deer season appear good, perhaps better than in most years when August is hot and extremely dry. Still, it will be hard to match last year, the best deer season ever for Arkansas in terms of number of deer checked by hunters. More than 213,000 came in, the all-time record.
In Faulkner County, hunters checked 2,357 deer, and this also is an all-time record.
More than two thousand deer brought in in our county. That is notable. It tells us that we have more deer than ever, despite some sour griping you hear from hunters.
Just a few decades back, the Faulkner deer kill total was less than a hundred in a season.
The increasing deer numbers have a down side too. More gardens are raided, more deer are hit on highways, roads and even streets by vehicles.