Like Basketball, There’s A 3-point Rule For Deer Hunting in Arkansas

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The three-point rule, in effect for several years now, means a buck deer must have at least three points on one of its antler beams for a hunter to legally take it. LITTLE ROCK – In Arkansas, deer hunting has its own version of the three-point rule. No, it’s not a long, successful shot like in basketball.

The three-point rule, in effect for several years now, means a buck deer must have at least three points on one of its antler beams for a hunter to legally take it.

Since the end of the main beam is one point, two additional points at least one inch in length must be present on the main beam. A deer can have three points on one beam and just a spike or no beam on the other side and be legal. Some wildlife management areas have a four-point rule. Check the current Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunting Regulation Guide.

Hunters should remember the one-inch requirement for the points; the old deer hunters’ axiom of “if you can get a ring on it, it counts as a point” does not apply.