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(Little Rock) – The upcoming deer hunting seasons for the state have been set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The seasons were approved at Thursday’s Commission meeting.

Season dates for the 2012-13 deer hunting season:

Archery – All zones: Sept. 15-Feb. 28, 2013.

Modern Gun – Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11: Nov. 10-Dec. 2.

Zone 4: Nov. 10-11.

Zone 5: Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18.

Zones 4A, 5A, 14 and 15: Nov. 10-Dec. 9.

Zones 4B and 5B: Nov. 10-18.

Zones 9, 12 and 13: Nov. 10-Dec. 16.

Zone 16, 16A and 17: Nov. 10-Dec. 25.

Muzzleloader - Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 14 and 15: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 15-17.

Zones 9, 12, 13, 16, 16A and 17: Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 29-31.

Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed.

The statewide Christmas holiday modern gun deer hunt is December 26-28. Two special youth modern gun deer hunts will be held, one on Nov. 3-4 and the second Jan. 5-6, 2013. A proposed antlerless only modern gun deer hunt would be held in zones 1, 1A, 2, 6, 6A, 8, 8A, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16A and 17 Oct. 13-17.

Hunters harvested a total 192,748 deer during the 2011-2012 deer season, a four percent increase from the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. Buck harvest increased from 82,973 to 85,284 deer while the doe harvest increased from 88,341 to 93,838 deer.

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