The first regulation provides the definitions for purposes of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Code of Regulations. Also provided are regulations concerning the duties and authorities of wildlife officers and penalties for violations of the chapter.
Wildlife Officers shall be commissioned by the Commission and shall have the right to apprehend persons detected of violating any of the laws or regulations of the State enacted for the protection of game, fish, furbearing animals and other wildlife, and to take such offenders before any court having jurisdiction in the county where such offense is committed. Wildlife Officers shall be authorized to serve all processes issued by a court of competent jurisdiction relating to the enforcement of all laws and regulations pertaining to game, fish, furbearing animals and other wildlife of the State; to go upon any property outside of private dwellings, posted or otherwise, in the performance of their duties; to carry firearms while performing duties; and to conduct searches with or without a warrant according to law. Additionally, Wildlife Officers lawfully present in any place may, in the performance of their duties, stop and detain any person who they Reasonably suspect is, or recently has been, involved in any hunting, fishing, or trapping activity to conduct an administrative inspection to determine whether the person is in compliance with the laws and regulations of the State enacted for the protection of game, fish, furbearing animals and other wildlife. Wildlife Officers may request that the person sopped and detained immediately surrender the following items for inspection: all kicking devices, licenses, permits, tags, stamps, check sheets, ice chests, game bags, game vests, wildlife, fishing tackle, equipment used for hunting or fishing or containers that can reasonable hold wildlife (reference Code 05.30).
Sheriffs, constables and other law enforcement officers certified by the State of Arkansas, and special agents and employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service who have been authorized to enforce laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior or U.S. Department of Agriculture shall, upon request by the Commission and upon proper oath or affirmation, have authority to make arrests, searches and seizures for violations of State game and fish laws and regulations. They shall serve without compensation from the Commission in the discharge of those duties. Wildlife Officers may be appointed as special agents by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and shall have the additional authority conferred upon them by that agency. They shall serve without extra compensation in the discharge of those duties.
Amended Sept. 15, 2011.
For the purposes of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Code of Regulations, the following terms shall be construed, respectively, to mean and include:
ADULT GOBBLER -- Male turkeys having at least one of the following characteristics: a) tail feathers which are the same length, b) wing feathers that have white barring all the way to the tip or c) a beard more than six (6) inches in length.
ALLIGATOR DEALER -- Any person, firm or corporation engaging in the sale, purchase, barter or exchange of an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) or other crocodilian species, or any part, nest or eggs thereof in Arkansas.
ALLIGATOR FARMER -- Any person, firm or corporation possessing an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) or other crocodilian species, or any part, nest or eggs thereof in Arkansas for the purpose of propagation, production or rearing.
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE DEALER -- Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the sale or purchase of alligator snapping turtles.
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE BREEDER -- Any person, firm or corporation possessing alligator snapping turtles for the purpose of propagation, production, rearing or sale.
ANIMAL -- An organism of the animal kingdom, as distinguished from the plant kingdom, including any part, product, egg or offspring thereof.
ANTLERLESS DEER -- A doe or a buck having 2 inches or less of hardened bone antler (this type of deer must be checked as a buck).
ANTLERLESS ELK -- Any elk (male or female) not meeting requirements to be a legal bull elk.
AQUACULTURE SPECIES -- Any species listed on the Approved Aquaculture Species List (Addendum J1.00) and species not listed but allowed under Unlisted or Restricted Species Possession Permits.
AQUATIC WILDLIFE -- All aquatic species, including aquatic snails, aquatic turtles, crayfish (crawfish and crawdads), fish (including minnows), frogs, mussels and salamanders.
ARKANSAS RIVER BOUNDARY (Sportfishing Only) -- The Arkansas Post Canal from Lock and Dam No. 1 to the Arkansas River and the Arkansas River from Dam No. 2 upstream to the Oklahoma state line, including all lakes, bays and tributary streams accessible by boat from the main channel except:
• Big Bayou Meto upstream from Arkansas Highway 11;
• Plum Bayou upstream from U.S. Highway 79;
• Little Maumelle River upstream from Pinnacle Mountain State Park;
• Maumelle River upstream from Lake Maumelle Dam;
• Fourche LaFave upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;
• Palarm Creek upstream from Interstate 40;
• Cadron Creek upstream from the weir;
• Point Remove Creek upstream from Arkansas Highway 113;
• Petit Jean River upstream from Pontoon Boat Ramp at Arkansas Highway 154;
• Illinois Bayou upstream from Russellville Waterworks Dam;
• Big Piney and Little Piney creeks upstream from Arkansas Highway 359;
• Horsehead Creek upstream from Interstate 40;
• Mulberry River upstream from Interstate 40;
• Frog Bayou upstream from Arkansas Highway 162 and Lee Creek upstream from Lee Creek Dam,
• And from the first non-navigable shoal for streams entering the Arkansas River along the right bank descending from the Oklahoma state line to Lake Dardanelle Dam.
ARTIFICIAL LURE OR FLY -- Terminal fishing tackle made entirely of rubber, wood, metal, glass, feathers, hair, synthetic fibers or plastic, with hook attached.
BAITFISH -- Minnows, logperch, gizzard and threadfin shad, gar (other than alligator gar), bullhead catfish, crayfish, drum, bowfin under 6 inches, skipjack herring, brook and inland silversides, bigmouth, smallmouth and black buffalo, river carpsucker, banded and Ozark sculpin, bream 4 inches and under, and bream over 4 inches that are caught by hook and line.
BAITING -- The direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve as a lure or attraction for wildlife to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.
BIG GAME -- Alligator, black bear, deer, elk and turkey.
BLACK BASS -- Largemouth bass, redeye bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.
BLOCKING OUT -- The removal of the head and/or tail associated with the processing of a commercial fish. The blocked-out carcass (bullet) must be at least the minimum length required for the body of water where the commercial fish was harvested (Code 30.11).
BONUS DEER -- A harvested deer that is not included in a hunter's statewide bag limit.
BOX TYPE TURTLE TRAP -- A floating trap designed to capture aquatic turtles, but does not permit capture of fish (Code 34.07).
BREAM -- A species of the genus Lepomis, including bluegill, redear, warmouth and other sunfish.
BUCK -- A male deer (see LEGAL BUCK definition).
BUCK DEER SEASON -- A deer season in which no deer other than legal buck deer may be taken.
BUY -- To purchase, barter, exchange or trade, including any offer to purchase, barter, exchange or trade.
CAPTIVITY OR HOLD CAPTIVE -- The holding of living wildlife in a controlled environment that is manipulated by man for the purpose of exercising ownership, possession or control of the wildlife, and that has boundaries designed to prevent selected species from entering or leaving the controlled environment.
CARCASS -- The body of a dead animal.
CASE -- A container specifically designed to hold a firearm which completely encloses the firearm by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened with no portion of the firearm exposed.
CATCH-AND-RELEASE -- The requirement that fish of a designated species must be immediately released into the water where caught.
CERVID -- A member of the Family Cervidae including without limitation deer, reindeer, moose, elk and caribou.
CHASE FOR PLEASURE -- To search for, pursue or chase game animals or other wildlife with the use of dogs for recreational purposes only, with no intent of hunting such game animals or wildlife.
CHECKING WILDLIFE -- The reporting of specific information to the Commission concerning harvest of alligator, bear, deer, elk and turkey by one of the following methods: phoning a designated number to report bear, deer or turkey harvests, electronically through the Commission's on-line deer and turkey checking Web site or mobile applications, and in person to report harvest of elk and alligator at a designated check station.
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE (CWD) -- Fatal disease affecting the brain of cervids that belongs to a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.
CHUMMING -- To dislodge or deposit any substance not attached to a hook which may attract fish.
CITES TAG -- a permit that allows shipping of certain animal pelts outside the State of Arkansas and assures compliance with the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species.
CLEAN -- Having no meat matter or tissue attached to the carcass.
COMPUTER-ASSISTED HUNTING -- The use of a computer or any other device, equipment or software to remotely control the aiming and discharge of a firearm, bow or crossbow to kill wildlife located in Arkansas.
COMMERCIAL FISH -- Bowfin (over 6 inches), buffalo, catfish, carp, drum, gar, paddlefish, sucker family, white amur and sturgeon.
COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN -- Any person who fishes with tackle designated as commercial tackle requiring a license and/or tag issued by the Commission.
COMMERCIAL TACKLE -- Properly licensed tackle used to catch aquatic wildlife for commercial purposes.
COMMERCIAL WILDLIFE HUNTING RESORT -- A facility, location, business, or operation that offers, for pay or other consideration, an opportunity to hunt native wildlife, other than pen-raised game birds, held in captivity. Includes all contiguous land, and structures, other appurtenances, and improvements on the land, used for the hunting activities.
COMMERCIAL WILDLIFE PERMIT -- Any or all of the following permits: Alligator Farmer/Dealer, Alligator Snapping Turtle Breeder/Dealer, Resident Shell Taker and Seller, Shell Buyer, Non-Resident Shell Buyer, Resident Roe Taker/Seller, Resident Roe Buyer/Exporter, Non-Resident Roe Buyer, Resident Fur Dealer, Non-Resident Fur Dealer, Special Commercial Quail, Game Bird Shooting Resort, Commercial Wildlife Hunting Resort, Wildlife Breeder/Dealer and Wildlife Importation.
COMMISSION -- The Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission, unless otherwise designated.
DEFERRED HUNTER EDUCATION (DHE) -- Designates a holder of a valid Arkansas hunting license/permit who has deferred completion of the hunter education program.
DISABLED -- Any individual who is 100 percent permanently and totally disabled as declared by one or more of the following federal agencies: the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs or the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.
DOE -- A female deer.
DOE DEER SEASON -- A deer season in which a doe may be taken.
DROWNING SET -- Any leg-hold trap that uses one or more of the following techniques to retain the target animal in water of suitable depth for drowning: a slide wire with lock, a tangle stake or a drowning weight.
DUCKS (includes the following species) -- All species of teal, merganser, whistling duck and scaup; American wigeon, American black duck, bufflehead, canvasback, gadwall, common goldeneye, mallard, mottled duck, northern shoveler, redhead, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, northern pintail and wood duck.
EDIBLE PORTIONS -- portions of the following animals are considered edible as stated below:
(a) Game Mammals: front quarters, hind quarters, loins and tenderloins.
(b) Game Fish: fillets of fish.
(c) Game Birds: breasts.
(d) Frogs: hind legs.
(e) Alligators: tails, legs, flanks, loins and tenderloins.
EITHER-SEX -- A male or a female.
EITHER-SEX DEER SEASON -- A deer season in which a doe or a legal buck may be taken.
EMERGENCY CONDITION -- Any condition involving:
(a) imminent peril to the health, safety, or welfare of the public or the wildlife resources of the State; or
(b) immediate action mandated by federal law or regulation.
ENCLOSE -- To surround wildlife using man-made barriers, including but not limited to fencing, walls, structures or other devices, so that the wildlife are not free to leave a particular environment.
ENCLOSURE -- Any area surrounded by a man-made barrier, including but not limited to fencing, walls, structures or other devices that prevent wildlife from leaving a particular environment.
ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A wildlife species or subspecies endangered or threatened with extinction listed, or proposed as a candidate for listing, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or any native species or subspecies listed as endangered by the Commission (Addendum P1.00).
FALCONRY -- The caring for and training of raptors for pursuit of wild game, and hunting wild game with raptors. It includes the taking of raptors from the wild to use in the sport and caring for training and transporting raptors held for falconry.
FEDERAL WATERS -- Waters designated by federal law as federally controlled or under the jurisdiction of a department or agency of the United States Government.
FEE LAKE -- A lake in which there is a fee for fishing rights. All persons 16 years of age and older must possess an Arkansas fishing license. Daily limits apply.
FERAL HOG -- Any hog, including but not limited to Russian and European wild boar, which is roaming freely and is living in a wild or feral state.
FIREARM -- Any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance, including without limitation muzzleloaders and modern guns (see LOADED FIREARM).
FISH OR FISHING -- To lure, attract, collect or pursue fish species or aquatic wildlife for the purpose of taking or attempting to take such species by any method.
FISH DEALER -- Any person who sells live fish, including baitfish.
FISH FARM -- Waters and adjacent premises confined within a pond, tank or lake not connected with public waters, and under management of a fish farmer.
FISH FARMER (AQUACULTURIST) -- A person, firm, partnership or corporation engaged in the propagation or rearing of aquaculture species for sale.
FREEFLOATING FISHING DEVICE -- A floating fishing device unanchored or unattached to a stationary object.
FURBEARERS -- Badger, beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, river otter, spotted skunk, striped skunk and weasel.
GAFF -- To take or attempt to take fish with a hand-held or handled hook.
GAME ANIMALS -- Alligator, black bear, bobcat, coyote, deer, elk, gray fox, red fox, mink, opossum, eastern cottontail rabbit, swamp rabbit, raccoon, gray squirrel and fox squirrel.
GAME BIRD SHOOTING RESORT -- A facility, location, business, or operation that offers, for pay or other consideration, an opportunity to hunt captive-raised game birds. Includes all contiguous land, and structures, other appurtenances, and improvements on the land, used for the hunting activities.
GAME BIRDS -- Turkey, quail, pheasant, chukar and all birds classified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as migratory game birds.
GAME FISH -- Alligator gar, black bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, catfish, trout, bream, goggle-eye, walleye, muskellunge, sauger, saugeye, paddlefish and pickerel.
GEOCACHE -- Items in a container (cache) placed or hidden for individuals to subsequently find using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.
GEOCACHING -- An outdoor sport, similar to “high-tech treasure hunting,” involving use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find a cache.
GUIDE -- A person who provides, for monetary or any other compensation, that person's personal services for the purpose of assisting others to locate, pursue, catch or hunt wildlife.
HACKING -- The temporary release of a raptor held for falconry to the wild so that it must survive on its own.
HARASS -- An intentional or negligent act which creates the likelihood of injury to wildlife by annoying it to such an extent as to significantly disrupt normal behavioral pattern which include but are not limited to, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.
HEN TURKEY -- Female turkey with or without a beard.
HIGH-FENCE ENCLOSURE -- An enclosure that contains an area of at least 500 contiguous acres, with at least 60 percent of the acreage in forested cover that has been classified as timberland by the local county tax assessor, that has a perimeter fence at least 8 feet high, with no cross-fencing that has the effect of reducing the size of the area to less than 500 contiguous acres with at least 60 percent of the acreage in forested cover as herein provided.
HOGGING -- The taking of fish by the use of hands only in or under the water.
HUNT OR HUNTING -- Taking or attempting to take wildlife by any method including but not limited to searching, pursuing, chasing, tracking, luring, or attracting.
HUNTING INCIDENT -- When bodily injury above basic first aid or death occurs due to an activity directly related to a hunting excursion in the field. Examples of such activities would include discharge of a firearm, bow, or crossbow and falls from an elevated platform (tree stand, tower stand, or elevated duck blind).
HUNTING PARTY -- Two or more persons hunting together.
HYBIRD [FN1] RAPTORS -- Offspring of birds listed as two or more distinct species.
IMPORT OR IMPORTATION -- To ship, convey, carry, transport, bring or introduce into Arkansas anything from outside its borders.
IMPRINT -- A bird that is hand-raised in isolation from other raptors from two weeks of age until it has fledged and will be considered to be an imprinted bird for its entire life.
JAKE -- Sub-adult male turkey having all these characteristics: longer central tail feathers, outermost one or two wing feathers lacking white barring all the way to the tip and a beard 6 inches or less in length.
KILLING DEVICE -- Any firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow, compressed gas or spring-powered pistol or rifle, blowgun, speargun, hand-thrown spear, slingshot, irritant gas device, explosive device, or any other implement designed to discharge a projectile capable of killing wildlife.
LARGE CARNIVORE -- Tigers (Panthera tigris), African Lions (Panthera leo), or any hybrid thereof and all species of bears.
LEGAL BUCK -- A male deer may be considered legal under the following rules as applied by this Code:
(a) Buck of Choice: A male deer.
(b) Button Buck: A male deer less than 12 months old with no hardened boned antler.
(c) Three-point Rule: A male deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or at least one antler with at least three points, each a minimum of one inch long, including the tip of the main beam. (Code 21.03).
(d) 12/15 Rule: 1) A male deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or 2) a male deer having an inside spread of at least 12 inches or more in width, 3) a male deer having at least one main beam 15 inches or more in length (Code 21.03).
(e) 15/18 Rule: 1) A male deer having both antlers under two inches (including button buck) or 2) a male deer having an inside spread of at least 15 inches or more in width 3) a male deer having at least one main beam 18 inches or more in length (Code 21.03).
(f) WMA Special Restrictions: Special restrictions may apply on certain WMAs (Code 21.03).
LEGAL BULL ELK -- An elk having at least one antler visible above the hair line.
LEGAL TURKEY -- A turkey may be considered legal under the following rules as applied by this Code:
(a) Hunters 16 years and older a legal turkey is an adult gobbler or bearded hen.
(b) Hunters 6 to 15 years of age is an adult gobbler, bearded hen or jake.
LENGTH LIMITS --
(a) Minimum Length Limit: The shortest length of a fish of a designated species that can be kept.
(b) Maximum Length Limit: The maximum length of a fish of a designated species that can be kept.
(c) Protected Length: A species/size limit that prohibits anglers from keeping fish within a designated size group. Unless otherwise specified, all fish are measured from the front of the lower jaw with the mouth closed to the tip of the tail with tail lobes pressed together when laid flat on a rule, on its side. All fish not meeting the length limit requirements for a particular water or species must be immediately released into the water where caught.
(a) Daily Limit: the maximum number of a species allowed to be taken during a specific 24-hour time period (midnight to midnight, unless otherwise specified).
(b) Seasonal Limit: the maximum number of a species allowed to be taken during a specific season.
(c) Possession Limit: the maximum number of species allowed to be possessed at any time. Any fish or wildlife, excluding migratory game birds, legally taken for personal consumption and stored in processed form within a residence of the possessor shall not count toward the possession limit.
LITTER -- All waste which has been discarded or otherwise disposed of, including, but not limited to, convenience food and beverage packages or containers, trash, garbage, all other product packages or containers, and other post consumer solid wastes as referenced in State Law, or discarded game animal carcasses.
LOADED FIREARMS -- Firearms are considered loaded if shells or cartridges are in the chamber, magazine or cylinder. Percussion cap muzzleloading firearms are considered loaded if the percussion cap is on the nipple. Flintlock muzzleloading firearms are considered loaded if there is powder in the flashpan. Electronic pulse ignition muzzleloaders are considered loaded if the ignition circuit is charged.
MIGRATORY BIRDS -- All birds protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and subsequent amendments.
MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS -- Coots, crows, doves, ducks, gallinules or moorhens, geese, rails, snipe and woodcock.
MINNOWS -- Small nongame fish commonly used for bait including bluntnose minnows, bullhead minnows, chubs, dace, fatheads, common carp under 6 inches, goldfish, shiners and stonerollers.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED -- A designation made by the Commission based upon a satisfactory showing that a person has a permanent physical condition, verified by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine by a state medical board, which severely impairs the person's mobility and prevents him or her from being able to engage in hunting or fishing activities without the use of an ATV or similar specialized device for transportation.
NATIVE WILDLIFE -- Those species and sub-species of wildlife that have established, naturally reproducing, free-ranging, wild populations within Arkansas.
NIGHT -- The time period 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
NOODLING -- The taking of fish by the use of a pole-mounted breakaway hook that detaches at the time of the strike or catch, or snare type device, with an attached line manipulated by hand when a person is in or under the water.
NONGAME WILDLIFE -- All wildlife other than furbearing or game animals, game birds and game fish.
NON-NATIVE WILDLIFE -- Any wildlife not defined as native wildlife.
NONRESIDENT -- A person not defined as a resident.
NUISANCE WILDLIFE -- Any wildlife creating a problem by committing damage to personal property or crops.
OPEN SEASON -- A time frame established by the Commission during which a designated species may be lawfully taken.
PEN-RAISED QUAIL -- Quail raised or hatched in captivity.
PERSON -- Any individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity in singular or plural as the context requires. All pronouns shall include the masculine, feminine and neuter.
PORTABLE HUNTING STAND -- Any device or structure used for the purpose of hunting that can be carried in its entirety by one person.
PORTABLE POP -- UP BLIND -- A structure used to conceal a person that can be collapsed and carried in its entirety by one person.
POSSESS OR POSSESSION -- Having or holding wildlife, or any property in one's power; the exercise of dominion over property. Possession includes actual possession (physical occupancy or control over property) and constructive possession (control or dominion over property without actual possession or custody of the property).
PROPAGATE OR PROPAGATION -- To allow plants or animals to breed or multiply.
PUBLIC ROAD -- The traveled portion and the shoulders on each side of any road maintained for public travel by a city, county, state, or federal government and includes all structures within the limits of the right-of-way of any such road.
PUT-AND-TAKE PAY LAKE -- Private waters open to public fishing for a fee, after being licensed by the Commission and where no fishing license or daily limit of fish is imposed.
RAPTOR -- Migratory bird of the Order Falconiformes or the Order Strigiformes including bald eagles and golden eagles.
REAR OR REARING -- To maintain plants or animals to increase their size or development.
REHABILITATION -- Providing medical treatment or other care to orphaned, sick or injured wild animals that have come into human possession with the goal of returning the animal to the wild.
RESIDENCE -- Any dwelling such as a house, manufactured home, or apartment that is permanently fixed in place and is owned, leased, or rented fully or in part by an individual. This term does not include tents; temporary lodging or rental units such as hotels, motels, resorts, or commercial campgrounds; recreational vehicles; mobile travel trailers; or, motor vehicles.
(a) A person who physically inhabits a bona fide residence in Arkansas for at least 60 days and declares full-time residency. Possession of Arkansas real estate and/or proof of payment of associated services or utilities do not qualify the owner/renter as a resident if he lives out of state. Additional facts considered in establishing proof of current Arkansas residency are:
(i) Possession of a valid Arkansas driver's license or Arkansas identification card.
(ii) Possession of a valid Arkansas vehicle registration in his name and display of current Arkansas license tags on his vehicle.
(iii) Other documentation may be considered.
(b) The following persons are considered residents for purposes of this Code:
(i) Residents of Arkansas enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities outside of Arkansas.
(ii) Nonresidents enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities in Arkansas.
(iii) Nonresident foreign exchange students attending school in Arkansas.
(c) Resident foreign exchange students attending school outside of Arkansas.
(iv) [FN1] Active-duty military personnel assigned to duty stations in Arkansas.
(v) Active-duty military personnel who were Arkansas residents at the time of entering service, regardless of where currently stationed.
(d) Proof of at least one year residency must be provided when applying for the following licenses/permits:
Special Guide, Alligator Farmer/Dealer, Alligator Snapping Turtle Breeder/Dealer, Commercial Fisherman's and Sportfishing, Commercial Fisherman's Helper, Junior/Senior Commercial Fishing, Resident Shell Taker/Seller, Shell Taker Helper, Shell Buyer, Resident Fish Dealer, Resident Roe Taker/Seller, Resident Roe Taker Helper and Resident Roe Buyer/Exporter.
(e) The director or his representative shall make the final determination as to the resident status of any license applicant.
ROUGH FISH -- Gars, bowfin, bullhead catfish, common carp, Asian carp (grass carp, bighead carp, silver carp), suckers (including buffalo) and drum.
SEINE -- A fishing net that hangs vertically in the water where the ends can be drawn together to entrap fish.
SEINING -- The act of moving a seine by boat or human power to capture fish.
SELL OR SALE -- To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; to offer for sale, barter, exchange or trade or the act of selling, bartering, consigning, exchanging or trading.
SHELL BUYER -- Anyone who buys mussels or mussel parts from a Taker. An agent purchasing for a licensed buyer is not a buyer.
SMALL GAME -- Furbearers, migratory game birds, quail, rabbit and squirrel.
SNAG -- to take fish using conventional rod-and-reel tackle where the fish is impaled by the forceful retrieval of one or more hooks.
SNAGLINE -- Commercial tackle consisting of a horizontal line with hooks or drops less than 24 inches apart.
SPORTFISH -- See GAME FISH for definition.
TACKLE -- An apparatus or device used to take wildlife.
TAKE -- To shoot, kill, injure, trap, net, snare, spear, catch, capture or reduce to possession.
TAXIDERMY -- The art of preparing, stuffing and/or mounting wildlife and parts thereof.
TRAP OR TRAPPING -- A device to catch and hold wildlife.
TROUT -- Any members of the Salmonidae family including rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, lake trout and cutthroat trout.
WATERFOWL -- All species of coots, ducks, geese and swans.
WATERS OF THE STATE -- All streams, lakes, sloughs, bayous, marshes or any other waterbodies either permanent or intermittent located wholly or partially within Arkansas, with the exception of pay lakes and fish farms.
WILD -- To be living in a state of nature and not domesticated.
WILDLIFE -- All wild birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and other wild aquatic forms, and all other wild animals, regardless of classification, whether resident, migratory or imported, protected or unprotected, dead or alive, and shall extend to and include any and every part of any individual species of wildlife, including animals living in a captive state and which lack a genetic distinction from members of the same species living in the wild. Aquatic wildlife includes all aquatic species, including aquatic snails, aquatic turtles, crayfish (crawfish and crawdads), fish (including minnows), frogs, mussels and salamanders.
WILDLIFE CHECK METHODS -- The following are the official wildlife check methods:
(a) a designated elk check station;
(b) the Commission on-line deer and turkey checking Web site and mobile applications;
(c) a designated alligator check station; and,
(d) the designated bear checking telephone number or the designated deer and turkey checking telephone number.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) -- Designated areas owned or controlled by the Commission and distinguished by certain markers and considered a separate zone with regard to wildlife regulations including: wildlife management area (WMA), waterfowl rest area (WRA), wildlife demonstration area (WDA), special use area (SUA) and state park-conservation area (SP-CA).
(a) for sections of this Code pertaining to big game, “youth” means any individual not less than 6 years old or more than 15 years old.
(b) for all other sections of this Code, “youth” means an individual less than 16 years of age.
ZONE -- An area defined by the Commission where hunting and/or fishing activities are regulated.
Eff. Mar. 2009. Amended Jan. 1, 2010; May 8, 2010; May 8, 2011; Sept. 15, 2011; June 1, 2012; Sept. 20, 2012.
[FN1] So in original.
Upon a person's conviction for violation of a Commission regulation, a court of competent jurisdiction shall be authorized to order payment of monetary restitution by that person. In addition to those penalties currently in effect, the Commission shall have the authority and right to seek monetary restitution, by whatever means appropriate, to recover the lost value of destroyed wildlife. In determining the amount of restitution, the Court shall consider the values for wildlife species set by the Commission (Reference Addendum Q1.00).
Eff. Apr. 2005. Amended Sept. 15, 2011.