by Dustin Jayroe // Photos Courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Hunter Education: Learn the Basics.
Hunter education is a great opportunity for those interested in hunting to learn the basics about hunter ethics, equipment, wildlife ID, habitat conservation, firearm safety, outdoor skills, regulations, and successful hunting techniques. The instructor-led classes are a great way to meet other new hunters, but hunter education is offered in two formats.
• Free, instructor-led hunter education classes.
• Online hunter education.
Explore options at agfc.com.
Attend an AGFC Outdoor Skills Program.
The outdoor skills programs provided by AGFC cover a wide range of hunting-related activities, including archery, game-calling, hunting, shotgun and rifle marksmanship and becoming an outdoors-woman (BOW), each catered to specific skill levels from beginner to intermediate, advanced and expert. Learn the basics to earn a patch, then add a bar for each additional skill level obtained.
Find a Mentor.
• Every new hunter can benefit from a mentor to help them get started. If you can’t find a close friend or family member that is willing to mentor you then turn to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other wildlife organizations to help you.
• AGFC and partners like Ducks Unlimited, Arkansas Waterfowl Association, Delta Waterfowl and National Wildlife Turkey Federations are great places to connect with avid hunters with programs specific for beginner hunters. Download the app Powderhook to discover mentoring events in your area with these organizations.
• Join a local hunting group on Facebook to expose yourself to conversation and activities with like-minded men and women of the hobby.
• Many new hunters are finding online resources a beneficial way to find mentors and a comfortable way to learn hunting techniques and skills. There are mentoring apps like Powderhook that connect avid hunters with beginner to offer a form of digital mentoring. Additionally, you can find a wealth of hunting forums and how-to Youtube channels online.