The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s, “Mandatory Hunter Education”, regulation went into effect July 1, 1985. The regulation makes it unlawful for any person born after December 31, 1968, to take, or attempt to take, wildlife with firearms, crossbow, or conventional bow, without first having, on their person, proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed an approve Hunter Education Course.
The exceptions to this regulation are those hunters whose birth dates are prior to 1969, and hunters less than 16 years of age when under the direct supervision of a licensed adult at least 21 years of age. If you were born after December 31, 1968, or if you are just a concerned sportsman or wildlife enthusiast, plan to attend the Hunter Education Course being offered in the new wing at Mountain View High School.
Classes start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, October 8th. The course is free and open to everyone.
The course includes such topics as firearms safety, conservation, wildlife management, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, first aid and survival, and other hunting information. The purpose of the regulation and the course is to inform and educate those enjoying the great outdoors which will lead to safer and more responsible behavior by all outdoorsmen throughout the state. The course is free of charge and is open everyone, however the class is taught at a sixth-grade learning level.
On-line registration is required by visiting the registration website, www.register-ed.com, or by calling Martha Blackwell with the Stone County Conservation District at (870) 269-3726, extension 3.