The Triple Trophy Award Program began in 1984 to promote the harvest of does and recognize the outstanding hunting skill of many Arkansas deer hunters.
While deer were being restored to Arkansas, does were protected to promote rapid population growth. One buck could father many offspring, but does were critical to re-establishing the deer herd. Thanks to strict rules and enforcement prohibiting doe harvest, Arkansas's herd now approaches one million deer.
Now management techniques must shift from quantity to quality. To keep Arkansas's deer healthy, the AGFC must balance the herd, which means harvesting some does. Reducing the ratio of does-to-bucks lowers competition for resources and encourages antler growth as well as overall health of the deer population.
Hunters must take at least one doe if they are to harvest a deer in each of the three available deer seasons. By doing this, they are helping the AGFC manage the deer herd for the best benefit of the resource while enjoying the added challenge of muzzleloading and archery seasons. In return for this service, the AGFC will provide each qualifying hunter with a certificate of recognition and a patch they can attach to a vest or coat.
What is the Triple Trophy Award program?
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission started the program in 1984 to recognize outstanding hunting skills and to encourage harvest of does.
How do I qualify?
To qualify for the Triple Trophy Award, sportsmen must harvest three deer: one with archery equipment, one with muzzleloading equipment and one with modern gun. Complete and submit the application by April 10.
Is the award given automatically?
No. You must apply each year to receive the award.
What will I receive?
Triple Trophy Award recipients receive a certificate and a patch. Award packets are mailed each summer.
Who do I call for more information?
Call the Triple Trophy Program Coordinator at 501-382-3682.