The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has streamlined the hunting license system. Previous hunting licenses expired a year from the date of purchase. Under the new system, hunting licenses will expire June 30 each year. The new annual big game license will have seven tags attached to it. Three tags will be used for the 2005 deer season, two for fall 2005 turkey season and two for spring 2006 turkey season.
Other hunting licenses will have an appropriate number of tags depending on the specific license. Sportsmen who bought licenses during the first six months of 2005 will receive a new license that expires June 30, 2006, including a set of game tags.
Tagging your deer:
Immediately upon taking a deer, and before moving game, the hunter must remove the appropriate deer tag from his license and fill out the required information legibly in ink. The tag must be securely fastened to the ear or antler of a deer. (Common wire twist ties work well in attaching the tag to the deer). The tag must remain on the deer until final processing and storage by the hunter.
Those who hold the 65 Plus License or the Disabled License, resident and non-resident hunters under 16 and Mississippi license holders hunting under the Reciprocal Hunting License Agreement must either use the tags from the AGFC hunting regulation guidebook, or substitute a piece of paper displaying the hunter's name, the date, time and zone number from where the deer was taken. Non-resident hunters under 16 must purchase a license and replace their temporary tag with an official license tag after harvesting a deer.
Within 24 hours of taking a deer, check your own game at a designated wildlife check station, at a designated deer camp, with an AGFC employee or at www.agfc.com. Members of deer camps in the Check Sheet Program must check deer on camp check sheets within four hours. Entrails may be removed, but evidence of the animal's gender must remain. Deer may be quartered in the field, but the head must be retained with the remainder of the carcass.
No big game animal may be transported across state lines prior to being properly checked, unless normal travel routes require the hunter to cross a state line in direct route to an official wildlife check station.
For more information or to buy a license, call 800-364-4263 (during normal business hours) or visit www.agfc.com.