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Who Needs a Hunter Education Card?
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Youths under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education. However, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. Arkansas recognizes hunter education cards from other states. Arkansas’s hunter education program is recognized in all states as well as in Canada and Mexico.
Hunter Education Classes
AGFC offers three options to take the Hunter Education course.
The preferred hunter education method is through a 10-hour instructor-led classroom and hands-on demonstration. Classes may be a few hours a night for three to four nights or a full Saturday class. The final class will end with a test to pass the course. Interested students may call 800-482-5795 to find a course in their area.
Online Self-Study Course ($19.50 fee)
Students may visit the online study course site and complete each section of the course online. Starting Sept. 1, 2010, the third party that provides the online course will charge $19.50. Students must take a supervised final examination at an official testing site to complete the course.
CD Self-Study Course
A free self-study course on CD also is available. Call 501-223-6377 or 800-482-5795, or send an email with your name and mailing address to Aimee.Swaim@agfc.ar.gov and request a CD be mailed. The course is taken at home at the student's leisure, but students must take a supervised final examination at an official testing site to complete the course.
STEP 1) Take the self-study course by CD:
- Complete each section of the self-study course and pass each unit quiz and the final exam.
- After passing, print your Course Completion Voucher.
- Call or send an email and request a CD to get started.
STEP 2) Take the in-person (written) exam at an AGFC testing site:
- Bring your signed online course completion voucher to the in-person exam.
- Take and pass the in-person exam to complete your hunter education certification.
- Your Hunter Education Certificate will be mailed to your home.
Hunter Education Testing Sites
Once students have completed the Online Self-Study Course or CD, they are required to be tested in an official AGFC facility. The testing sites are listed by county, but students may take their test at any location.
Deferred Hunter Education Code
The Deferred Hunter Education Code is a one-year permit that allows a person without hunter-education certification to legally hunt. A hunter may apply and use a Deferred Hunter Education Code as long as they:
- Are at least 16 years old and born after Dec. 31, 1968, and are not hunter-education certified;
- are in the immediate presence of an adult who is at least 21 years of age and possesses valid hunter education certification, or who was born on or before Dec. 31, 1968;
- Possess a valid Arkansas hunting license;
- Have not been convicted of or forfeited bond for prior violation of Hunter Education Certification Requirements, and
- Are not under AGFC-sanctioned hunting privilege revocation.
Deferred Hunter Education Licenses are available at all license vendors and online.
Bowhunter Education Classes
The International Bowhunter Education Program is administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Hunter Education Division. It is taught by certified bowhunter education volunteer instructors. The IBEP card is good for life and is recognized internationally.There are two ways to take the IBEP course in Arkansas:
Traditional Classroom Program
Students attend an instructor-led course. All requirements are completed in one day and the class is free. Classes are scheduled as needed throughout the year. There is usually a class or two in early spring and several in the late summer.
Students take an online course at home and pass an online test. The online portion of the course and test costs $30. Participants are issued a field day qualifier certificate, which they must take to a certified instructor. The instructor will complete their in-the-field training.
To learn more about the IBEP Course, contact J.D. Crawford, Arkansas Bowhunter Association Urban Hunt Coordinator, by email.
Hunter Education Instructor Materials
AGFC offers many downloadable forms for ordering class materials, student rosters and related hunter education curriculum resources.
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