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Boating Education Classes

Mandatory Boating Education Began January 1, 2001. This law affects operators of sailboats and motor-powered craft.

Effective January 1, 2001, anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. The law also affects operators of sailboats.

The Arkansas Boating Education Course teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. This is necessary to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage while increasing boating enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts. The basic six hour boating course includes:

  • Arkansas Boating Law

  • Boat Classification

  • Registration and Trailering

  • Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets, etc.)

  • Rules of the Road

  • Maintenance

  • Boating Accidents

Check the calendar for Boating Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Boating Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Boating Education website.

 


Hunter Education Classes

The Arkansas Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the sportsmen of Arkansas with a central theme of safety and sportsmanship. The program is structured to acquaint students with the many wildlife oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available to them. The program is administered through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and taught through a corps of trained volunteer and professional instructors on a statewide basis.

Hunters born after 1968 must carry a valid Hunter Education card. A card is also required of youth applicants for permit hunts. Youngsters (under 16 years) under the direct supervision of a licensed adult (over 21 years) do not need to have a card. Call 1-800-482-5795 to find out about Hunter Education classes. Arkansas honors the home state Hunter Education cards of nonresidents. 

The Arkansas Hunter Education course is also available on-line. On-line students can take their final exam at the nature center. Call (501)907-0636 for the next scheduled exam date. 

Check the calendar for Hunter Education Classes scheduled at the nature center.

For more information about Hunter Education or to find a scheduled class at another location, visit the AGFC Hunter Education website.

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