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My family and I have just moved to Arkansas. I grew up in Texas and have lived a few years in Louisiana and I am pretty sure this is where we will settle down and call home.

But... being new starts the whole process of finding a place to hunt etc. We live near Rison in Cleveland County.

Does anyone know of any places available to hunt? WMA's... Leases etc.

Also... we own and live on about 3 acres out of town. About one acre is cleared and about 2 acres are still wooded (at least until I can find someone who will come clear my pines.).

Would there be any problem with hunting on my own land? There are deer EVERYWHERE around here.

Thanks in advance for all your help getting us settled in. I have a son that will soon be 13 and he is anxious to hunt.

One other question. We just took and passed the hunters safety course in Louisiana last year. Do we have to take it again or do Hunters Safety Certifications transfer from state to state?
 

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My family and I have just moved to Arkansas. I grew up in Texas and have lived a few years in Louisiana and I am pretty sure this is where we will settle down and call home.
Welcome to Arkansas, the Natural State! :thumb:

But... being new starts the whole process of finding a place to hunt etc. We live near Rison in Cleveland County. Does anyone know of any places available to hunt? WMA's... Leases etc.
Brother, you live in "Deer Central" as far as Arkansas is concerned. Cleveland county consistantly ranks in the top 5 deer producing counties in the state. I've been hunting Cleveland county for 30 years. There are deer clubs everywhere in your neck of the woods, just keep your ears open and you'll have plenty of opportunities to join a local club.

Also... we own and live on about 3 acres out of town. About one acre is cleared and about 2 acres are still wooded (at least until I can find someone who will come clear my pines.). Would there be any problem with hunting on my own land? There are deer EVERYWHERE around here.
No problem at all hunting your own land, as long as you've got an Arkansas hunting license.

Thanks in advance for all your help getting us settled in. I have a son that will soon be 13 and he is anxious to hunt. One other question. We just took and passed the hunters safety course in Louisiana last year. Do we have to take it again or do Hunters Safety Certifications transfer from state to state?
I'm pretty sure it carries over from state to state. Sounds like you're set to have a great deer season in Arkansas! :up:

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White River NWR and Trusten Holder to your east are good, as far as the hunters ed. i think they will transfer, i'm not 100%:head:though i would check with AG&F. Hey, if i could get a good buck in my backyard i would hunt him...depending on your neighbors!!
 

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Welcome to Arkansas

The book says you have to be 300 feet (I think) from any house that is not yours to hunt even on your own land unless you have written consent of the occupants of the house your near. As long as you're further than that you can hunt your own land.
 

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Cut your trees and deer may leave you alone.......:whistle:
That very well could be. I am just going to have to hope not because I need the trees cleared for more pasture land to raise other animals.

But my property is surrounded by lots of other woods. I am in hopes that a food plot will help us out in that regard.

They currently don't have any problem walking across my yard and helping themselves to the smorgasbord otherwise known as my garden. :)
 

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Aw hail...there goes the neighborhood.................................:fit: Just kiddin...we got a few recycled Texans in here already...ain't that right rjet?:clap::whistle:
 

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Welcome to Arkansas and to the best hunting site on the web.
Like others have said, you are living in deer country.
This area (I live just below you in Bradley County) has tons of deer leases and you shouldn't have much trouble finding one to join. It may take a few years to find one that like and want to stay in for the long run but it seems that there's always leases with openings.
You'll probably need some luck to find a lease to join this year but keep your ears open and your fingers crossed and maybe something will turn up.
 

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Aw hail...there goes the neighborhood.................................:fit: Just kiddin...we got a few recycled Texans in here already...ain't that right rjet?:clap::whistle:
LOL...

I'm not much of a sports nut so I don't have any "Longhorn" allegiances to get over. But my daughter... now that is a different story.

The other day we were eating at a restaurant and she said something about the Longhorns being the best and someone in the restaurant turned around and said "Pleae tell me you did NOT just say that." :)

She may have an interesting life ahead of her.
 

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That's another thing I might need to know about. Checkstations.

I was reading in the Turkey meeting thread and I noticed a post speaking about checkstations.

I haven't had the opportunity to hunt in years... well... decades. We are looking forward to it.

Now back in Texas we belonged to a hunting club and on the way out we would log our deer in a book found in a tent near the exit but I never knew if this was a hunting club requirement or a law etc. I was just the kid that goofed off while my dad logged the deer we killed.

About checkstations.

1. From what I am hearing... this is the law?
2. What information must you check in?
3. How long do you have after the kill to do this?

Thanks.
 

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Hey bro.. welcome to Arkansas! And to the board.

I used to know some old boys by the name of Young, who used to carry some badges around on their shirts! They were good people! Haven't seen 'em in years but they were some straight up hunters too!! Hailed in the Rison area and I spent a minute or two around a campfire with 'em. Look 'em up and I just bet they can help you with any issues you may have in the area, if they're still there.
Best wishes to you and your family........
 

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That's another thing I might need to know about. Checkstations.

I was reading in the Turkey meeting thread and I noticed a post speaking about checkstations.

I haven't had the opportunity to hunt in years... well... decades. We are looking forward to it.

Now back in Texas we belonged to a hunting club and on the way out we would log our deer in a book found in a tent near the exit but I never knew if this was a hunting club requirement or a law etc. I was just the kid that goofed off while my dad logged the deer we killed.

About checkstations.

1. From what I am hearing... this is the law?
2. What information must you check in?
3. How long do you have after the kill to do this?

Thanks.
Need to pick yourself up a arkansas hunting guidebook.
 

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LOL...

I'm not much of a sports nut so I don't have any "Longhorn" allegiances to get over. But my daughter... now that is a different story.

The other day we were eating at a restaurant and she said something about the Longhorns being the best and someone in the restaurant turned around and said "Pleae tell me you did NOT just say that." :)

She may have an interesting life ahead of her.
Aw heck naw...if she's pretty these ole country boys will stumble on every word out of her mouth!:fit::fit::fit::up:
 
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