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Who Needs a Hunter Education Card?

Anyone born after 1968 must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old and has a valid hunting license. 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.

Instructor-led Classes
The traditional and 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. The final class ends with a test to pass the course.

CD Study Course
Students may call for a free self-study course on CD then schedule a supervised exam at an official testing site.

  • 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.

Online Self-Study Course ($19.50 fee)
Students may take an online course then schedule a supervised exam at an official testing site.

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.

Online Course
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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