Around Arkansas, opening day of modern gun deer season starts Saturday morning. For many, opening day of modern gun deer hunting season is a tradition here in the Natural State, but officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission say hunter safety should be a top priority this season.
Steve Dunlap with the AGFC said most accidents and injuries happen from falling out of a tree stand, and that fire arms should not be loaded when traveling to and from a hunting location.
Chronic wasting disease is another thing that hunters should be aware of. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects members of the deer and elk family.
Dunlap said if you think you have come in contact with a sick animal, you should get samples tested at locations set up around the state this weekend.
“You can go take your deer and and biologist will be there to pull biological samples and that way you know whether or not that your harvest is clean,” Dunlap said.
To see the locations where you can get your deer tested and read other rules and regulations for modern gun season, click here.