Get Started Hunting 

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Hunter Education

One of the best ways to get started hunting is to take one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s instructor-led hunter education courses. Course materials are available online, but nothing beats hands-on experience and person-to-person communication. Hunter Education is mandatory for anyone 16 and older born on or after Jan. 1, 1969. The course teaches firearms safety and regulations, but also covers wildlife habitat, how to scout for certain game animals and basic woodsmanship. Classes may be a few hours a night for three or four nights or a full Saturday class. Interested students may call 800-482-5795 or click the link below to find a course in their area.


Get Started Hunting by Species

Hunting equipment and tactics change with the type of animal you wish to pursue. Deer hunters, duck hunters, turkey hunters and squirrel hunters all need special equipment to make their hunts a success. Click one of the following links to learn more about species-specific hunting information.


Where to Hunt

Even though almost 90 percent of the land in Arkansas is privately owned, there are plenty of public places to hunt in Arkansas.