Urban Archery Deer Hunt Permits 

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2014-15 Urban Deer Hunt Dates

All urban deer hunts will open Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 and close Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.


Cities with 2014-15 Urban Hunts

The following cities will host urban archery hunts in the 2014-15 season:

  • Bull Shoals | Map
  • Cherokee Village | Map
  • Fairfield Bay | Map
  • Fort Smith/Barling | Map
  • Heber Springs | Map
  • Horseshoe Bend | Map
  • Lakeview | Map
  • Russellville | Map

Urban Deer Hunt Application Requirements

A drawing will not be conducted for these hunts. However, all hunters are required to:

  • Apply online from April 1-May 1, 2014.
  • Pass the International Bowhunter Education Program course.
  • Attend an urban hunt orientation (see below). After attending the orientation, hunters will be eligible to hunt all the urban deer hunts for that year.
  • Pass a shooting proficiency test at the orientation.
  • Pay annual confirmation fee of $50 at the orientation, which includes membership in the Arkansas Bowhunters Association, for insurance purposes.
  • Possess a valid (resident or nonresident) Arkansas big game license. All hunters must be 16 or older.
  • Possess a valid Urban Bowhunting Permit (issued by AGFC). Permit will be valid for all the urban deer hunts for that year.
  • Hunter will be provided a vehicle placard that must be signed by a representative from each municipality that he/she wishes to hunt.
  • Display placard in full view on the dashboard of their vehicle and carry the approved permit at all times while hunting.
  • Use only a longbow, recurve or compound bow with at least 35-pound pull and broadheads at least 7/8-inch wide (mechanicals OK); string-locks are not permitted.
  • Hunt in designated areas, and if hunting on private property, hunters must possess written permission from the property owner.
  • Hunt at least 50 yards from designated trails and parks.
  • Hunt at least 50 yards from any occupied dwelling without written permission.
  • Keep all bows cased to and from stands.
  • Shoot only from stands that are at least 10 feet above the ground (no walking, stalking or ground blinds).
  • Cover harvested animals from sight before transporting/moving from the field.
  • Remove harvested animals during daylight hours if at all possible.
  • Special considerations will be made for disabled hunters in wheelchairs.
  • Donate first deer to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry (a 501C-3 charitable organization).
  • Check deer online or by telephone at 866-305-0808. Hunter must check to the appropriate urban deer zone.

Scheduled International Bowhunting Education Classes

Urban Deer Hunt Orientation

Applicants who attend one of the scheduled urban deer hunt orientations may hunt any of the urban hunts being held in 2014-15. Orientation dates and locations are:

There is a $50 fee, which includes Arkansas Bowhunters Association membership and covers liability insurance.

How to Apply

Hunters may only apply for urban archery hunts online. Click here to apply.