Hunter education is needed for those looking to hunt in the state of Arkansas. There are classes scheduled this spring. 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 approved 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 free Hunter Education Course being offered Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Crater of Diamonds State Park – Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Ark., from 8 AM – 7 PM with a one hour lunch.

You must attend all class sessions to complete the course. The course includes such topics as firearms safety, conservation, wildlife management, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, first aid and survival, and other hunting information. You will also learn about caliber, hypothermia, and conservation.

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, but is limited to 25 students; call Crater of Diamonds State Park today to reserve your seat at (870) 285-3113 between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Anyone wanting to obtain more information about this course should contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at (870) 285-3113. You must attend the whole session and successfully complete a written examination to receive a hunter education card, which is honored in all states and provinces where hunter education is required.

For information about other Hunter Education Courses scheduled in your area, call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office on its toll free number: 1-800- 482-5795 or 223-6377 in Pulaski County.