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  1. If the Commission, upon proper and thorough investigation, shall determine that intensified game management through the increased production of food, more rigid enforcement, restocking or other methods are needed in an area for the increased production of wildlife; the Commission may set aside and define specific areas on lands controlled by the Commission and suitable markers shall be put up by the Commission in such places as shall be determined, defining and identifying the areas as a wildlife management area or a wildlife demonstration area (referred to as WMA, WDA, SP-CA or, NWR).
  2. Each WMA (Code 01.00-C) is a separate zone for which the Commission may establish and apply hunting regulations. All seasons/limits and regulations are the same as the surrounding zone unless otherwise specified. All private lands (including any combinations of lands separately owned, and regardless of whether such lands touch a road, creek, stream, river, lake, or other waterbody) that are completely surrounded by WMA lands (except National Wildlife Refuges) shall be considered as inholdings. Such inholdings shall be subject to the same regulations pertaining to hunting season dates, hunting hours, bag limits, and hunting permits as the surrounding WMA.

EXCEPTIONS:

  1. Private lands that are completely surrounded by NWR lands shall be subject to the same state regulations pertaining to hunting season dates, hunting hours, bag limits, and hunting permits as the surrounding or nearest adjacent state management zone, plus any federal regulations pertaining to NWR inholdings.
  2. Private lands that are completely surrounded by a WMA that are located within the 5 county (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Searcy Counties) Elk Management Assistance Program private land elk zone shall be subject to the elk hunting season dates, bag limits and hunting permits as the surrounding or nearest adjacent state management zone that allows elk hunting.
  3. Private lands that are completely surrounded by Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission lands shall be subject to the same state regulations pertaining to hunting season dates, hunting hours, bag limits, and hunting permits as the surrounding or nearest adjacent state management zone, plus any federal regulations pertaining to ANHC inholdings.

PENALTY: Class 1

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