Deferred Hunter Education License Available Again This Year in Arkansas

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Deferred Hunter Education license available again this yearLITTLE ROCK – In an effort to give more first-time hunters a chance to experience the state’s outdoor resources, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is again offering a Deferred Hunter Education license. A hunter can apply and use a Deferred Hunter Education license as long as the user is at least 16 years of age and born after Dec. 31, 1968. There is no cost for the license.

A few other criteria must be met for the hunter to take advantage of the DHE. The hunter must not be hunter education certified, but they must be in the immediate presence of an adult hunter who is at least 21 years of age who possesses a valid hunter education card, or who was born before Dec. 31, 1968. The DHE hunter must also possess a valid Arkansas hunting license in addition to the DHE license.

A DHE license can be acquired only once in a lifetime. The DHE license will be available through the AGFC’s Web site at, after-hours phones sales and at license dealer’s who have been converted to the agency’s new license system. The license expires June 30.

A person is not eligible if they have been convicted or forfeited bond for prior violation of hunter education certification requirements or under AGFC sanctioned hunting privilege revocations.