In March, Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation that allows retirees of the U.S. armed forces 60 and older to buy the Lifetime Combination (hunting and fishing) License from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for a one-time fee of $35.50.
That license is now on sale and is available at all AGFC regional offices. Sportsmen need to be 60 years of age or older and a resident of Arkansas for 60 days. They will need to bring their Arkansas Driver's License or Arkansas ID Card and their Military ID Card to purchase the license.
All regular or non-regular retirees of the armed services of the United States which includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guards of these branches are eligible.
House Bill 1477, sponsored by Rep. Randy Stewart of Kirby, Rep. John Catlett of Rover and Rep. Butch Wilkins of Bono, adds language to "An Act Concerning Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Military Retirees and for Other Purposes."
"This was an idea that the governor had," said Stewart, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "The Yellow Ribbon Task Force has been studying various options for military veterans. The National Guard liked this as a recruiting and retention tool. People who may be thinking about retirement before they have 20 years may stay so that they take advantage of this opportunity."
Lifetime licenses are for Arkansas residents only. They may not be purchased by phone or online. Applications, however, are available under "Licenses and Permits" at www.agfc.com, by calling 800-364-4263 or by visiting any AGFC office during regular business hours.