The second modern gun deer hunt for youth hunters will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6, according to a news release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Only hunters who are 6-15 years old may pursue deer with modern guns on this last chance of the season. Incorrect dates for the hunt were listed in a previous press and the commission apologizes for the error.

During this hunt, youths who have completed Hunter Education may hunt on their own if their parent or guardian feels that they are responsible enough to do so. Youths who don’t have Hunter Education must be under the direct supervision of a mentor who is at least 21 years old. Mentors may not hunt any species while accompanying the youth, according to the release.

All deer taken during the hunt count toward the youth’s seasonal bag limit and the bag limits for the zone where they are hunting. Deer taken during the youth hunt must be checked to the youth hunter’s name and not the mentor or parent. Deer may be checked via phone (877-731-5627), online at or the AGFC’s smartphone app.

All private land deer zones are open during the youth hunt. Some wildlife management areas aren’t open to the special modern gun youth hunt. Details: for season date information on WMAs.