Fort Smith To Open Urban Deer Hunt Season

Sep 4, 2013

Fort Smith is joining the list of cities that allow properly licensed hunters to kill deer within the city limits. 

Credit / National Park Service

A special bow-hunting season opens Saturday at Chaffee Crossing and ends Jan. 31.

To qualify for the hunt, archers are required to pass the International Bowhunter Education course, have insurance and pass a shooting proficiency test.

City leaders say as many as 100 people could hunt during the five-month season.

Archers also can hunt in any Arkansas town that allows urban hunting, including Bull Shoals, Cherokee Village, Fairfield Bay, Horseshoe Bend, Lakeview and Russellville.

The goal is to reduce the number of deer in the communities, so there are no bag limits.

The state asks that hunters donate their first kills to the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.