License Information
Do I need a license?

Hunters and Anglers that are 16 yrs or older are required to possess a license in Arkansas. See the AGFC Code of Regulations for additional information.

Who qualifies as a resident of Arkansas?

A resident is any person who physically inhabits a bona fide residence within Arkansas for at least 60 days and declares themselves a full-time resident of Arkansas. See the AGFC Code of Regulations for additional information and exceptions.

Why is my Social Security Number required?

The collection of a Social Security Number is a requirement when purchasing fishing an hunting licenses mandated by Federal and State of Arkansas law for the purpose of child support collection. Once collected, your SSN will be securely hashed and not viewable in its original plaintext form by anyone including AGFC employees.

WMA Permit Draws
Why do I need a permit on some WMA public lands?

To prevent overcrowding on popular WMAs, the AGFC limits some hunting opportunities through a permit draw system. Lowering hunter numbers not only regulates harvest, it offers a better hunting experience for the hunters who draw the tags. 

How do I apply for a WMA Deer Hunt Permit
Applications must be submitted at AGFC by the application deadline to be eligible. Applications require a nonrefundable $5 application fee per hunt type. Permit winners will be notified by e-mail (an e-mail address must be included with each application).
AGFC Mobile App
How Do I download the mobile app?

If a user has the old version of the app, they can go to their app center and download the update. If the update is not visible, they can refresh the updates on an iPhone by tapping the screen and pulling down. If a user does not have the old app, they can download the new one in the Apple or Android app store.

Will someone be able to delete a game check completed offline?

When someone does not have cell phone service, they will be able to go through the same game check process. The game check will be logged on the device, and the app will automatically submit the game check when the device detects service.

Will the app work on all devices?
The mobile app is designed to run of iOS 8.0 or newer and Andriod 11 or newer.  Older operating systems are not supported.
Why are weather conditions or near me locations not showing up?

When a user first updates or downloads the app they will be given the opportunity to allow location services. You must allow these services for certain features like weather conditions and location services to function properly.

Education Classes
Who Needs a Hunter Education Card?
Anyone born after 1968 must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old or older. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education and the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level.
Does my Hunter Education Card have to be from Arkansas?
Arkansas recognizes hunter education cards from other states. Arkansas’s hunter education program is recognized in all states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
Who Needs a Boating Education Card?
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat or sailboat, must have successfully completed an approved AGFC Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat or sailboat on Arkansas water. See the AGFC Code of Regulations for additional information and requirements.
How do I replace my Hunter’s Education or Boater’s Education card?

To replace your card go to or call 1-800-830-2268.

How do I take the Hunter Education Course?
The traditional and preferred hunter education method is through a free 10-hour, instructor-led classroom and hands-on demonstration. Classes may be a few hours a night for three to four nights or a full Saturday. The final class ends with a test to pass the course. Visit AGFC for additional information.
Rules and Regulations
Where do I find a specific regulation?

AGFC guidebooks contain an interpretive summary of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s hunting and fishing regulations and covers only the regulations that most commonly affect hunters and anglers. It is not a legal document, and the official regulations of the Commission take precedence over this summary. The official Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Code of Regulations is available at

Tagging and Checking Game
How do I tag and check a deer?

Option 1:

Immediately upon harvest and before moving your deer, you can check your game via the internet, through the new AGFC mobile app, or by phone at 833-289-2469.

  •  Click here to download the new AGFC app for your Android device.

  •  Click here to download the new AGFC app for your Apple device.

If you are using the AGFC mobile app to check game and are not connected to internet or cell service, you’ll receive a notice on your screen that your submission is pending upon validation. When your device returns to service or internet connection, you should sync your app by selecting the sync button. Once the submission goes through, you will receive your confirmation on the app screen, via email and in your app inbox.


Option 2:

Step 1:

  •  Immediately upon taking a deer (before moving it), fill out the appropriate deer tag from your license or in the guidebook and complete all information, except Check #, legibly and in ink (you may substitute a piece of paper for this tag). Fasten the tag to the ear or antler. The original tag must remain as attached to the deer until point of final storage.

Duplicate harvest information reflecting the name, address, species, sex, date taken and check confirmation number must remain with all portions until point of final storage, including while in transit. - Carcass ID Tag

  •  For deer harvested on private lands, use this deer zone map for zone numbers.

  •  For deer harvested on public lands, use this WMA Deer Zone Map for zone numbers.


Step 2:

  •  Call 833-289-2469, visit or use the AGFC mobile app to check your deer within 12 hours of harvest.

  •  After checking game, record the check number on your tag.

  •  Entrails may be removed, but evidence of the animal’s sex must remain until checked. Deer may be quartered in the field, but the head must be kept within arm’s reach of all four quarters of the animal until checked.

  •  No deer/elk may be transported out of the CWD Management Zone without following these procedures.

  •  No big game animal may be transported across state lines before being checked unless normal travel routes require a hunter to cross a state line to check the animal.

  •  If you choose to give away all or a portion of your game after it has been checked, you must use a game transfer form.

How do I check a deer for a youth hunter?

Your youth hunter will need to migrate their customer ID number into the new licensing system. For help on creating an account and signing in watch this video. After the youth account has been created, you can follow the instructions in the video linked below to add the youth to your app account.

Click to watch a video on how to add a youth or partner to your new AGFC mobile app for future game check convenience.

After adding the youth to your mobile app, you will also need to acquire the free YCID product to have deer tags to check against. To procure the YCID tags, follow the steps below:

  1.  Select Buy Licenses and Permits and confirm that the child's account is correct. If it is not, select Switch Account to pull up the right one.

  2.  The Youth Conservation ID (YCID) is listed under the hunting licenses available when signed in to a youth’s account. You can find it by scrolling to the bottom of the hunting products tab.

  3.  Select Add to Cart or select the name to read more details about the Youth Conservation ID. Be assured that this product is free

  4.  Select the cart icon in the top right corner of the screen. Scroll through available donation options, fill-in your contact details, view and or agree to the terms and conditions, and then select Complete Transaction.

  5.  The Youth Conservation ID as well as the included deer and turkey tags should now be visible under Licenses and game check.

Youths must be at least 6 years old to harvest and check big game. DO NOT CHECK THE DEER UNDER THE MENTORS’ OR PARENTS’ NAMES.

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