Joe Huggins Hunter Education Coordinator
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.
AGFC offers three options to take the Hunter Education course.
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.
Online Self-Study Course ($19.95 fee)
Students may take an online course then schedule a supervised exam at an official testing site.
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. Some locations schedule tests only as needed, while some have regularly scheduled testing times.
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:
Replacement Hunter Education cards are available for a small fee by calling 1-800-830-2268 or visiting www.ilostmycard.com.
The International Bowhunter Education Program is administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Hunter Education Division. The IBEP card is good for life and is recognized internationally.Hunters may attend a free, one-day, instructor-led course or take an online course for $30. Either method requires a field day which must be taken with a certified instructor.
To learn more about the IBEP Course, contact J.D. Crawford, Arkansas Bowhunter Association Urban Hunt Coordinator.
AGFC offers many downloadable forms for ordering class materials, student rosters and related hunter education curriculum resources.