Urban Hunt registration is now Open!!!
The 2019 - 2020 Urban Hunt season begins Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.
Registration for the hunt
Registration is now OPEN!!!
***Proficiency Shooting is MANDATORY for EVERYONE participating in the Urban Hunts!!! No EXEMPTIONS FOR 3+YEARS OF PARTICIPATION!!!***
2018-19 Urban Deer Hunt Dates
All urban deer hunts will open Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 and close Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. ***Cherokee Village & Fairfield Bay will open Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 and close Friday, Jan. 31, 2020*** ***Horseshoe Bend will open Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 and close Friday, Feb. 28, 2020***
The following list contains the cities that will be hosting an Urban Hunt. The updated Protocol for each city is posted, but the maps have not been updated. So, please keep checking back for updates.
These are the requirements as defined by the AGFC.
***Fairfield Bay is now an ATV Rec Area***
***Russellville/Fairfield Bay CWD Sampling***
All hunters participating in the Russellville/Fairfield Bay Urban Hunt must obey the following sampling rules:
The location of the sampling deposits will be at:
Russellville Animal Control Center (Russelville)
3115 South Mobile
Russellville, AR 72801
Hours of operation: M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: Mike Vernon 479-968-1944
Clinton Meat Market (Fairfield Bay)3288 US-65
Clinton, AR 72031
Hours of operation: M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
How's The Harvest?
Click on the following link to view the updated harvest report by zones.
AGFC Zone Harvest Report
IBEP Education Classes
You will need to take the online class. You will still need to attend one of the field day classes held at the one of the orientation.
If you have attended one of the classes in the past and already received your Bow Hunter Ed card, you will not need to attend the classes again.
Orientation 1 - July 27, 2019 (Cherokee Village/Horseshoe Bend)
Orientation 2 - Aug 3, 2019 (Russellville)
Orientation 3 - Aug 10, 2019 (Hot Springs Village)
Hot Springs Village AR 71909
Orientation 4 - Aug 17, 2019 (Fairfield Bay/Heber Springs)
Department of Public Safety
All persons attending the orientations should be at the location by 7:30 a.m. the morning of the orientation. A briefing will begin at 8:00 a.m., there we will explain the rules and regulations for the city in which you are hunting. After the briefing, proficiency testing will begin along with registration and permit issue. If you have taken the IBEP Class on-line you will need to bring a copy of your completion certificate from the course before attending the field day portion of the class. If you have questions contact J.D. Crawford 501-733-2921 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do we need these Urban Deer hunts?Research has shown that the deer population is growing all over the country, not just in Arkansas. The deer that were once considered cute little creatures are now growing in numbers and becoming a menace to the urban home owner. These once cute and cuddly creatures are tearing up gardens, spreading disease, and causing millions of traffic accidents every year. To help with this growing concern the Arkansas Game and Fish has joined forces with the Arkansas Bowhunters Association to help control the growing population. Together they have agreed on a set of rules that will make this a safe and ethical means for controlling the growing population.
What do I need to do be part of the Urban Hunt?There are a few things you must do before you can participate in the Urban Hunt. We are going to list them but they don’t have to follow this exact order:
• Attend a Bowhunter Education Class. If you take the course online, you still have to attend one of the IBEP classes to get the Field Day portion.
• Attend an Urban Hunt orientation. You only have to attend one orientation. It will get you what you need for all the Urban Hunts. No matter how many different Urban Hunts you hunt in.
• Pass a shooting proficiency test. You will be required to show your skills at the orientation. You will have to shoot 3 arrows in the kill zone.
• You must be at least 16 years old and have a valid AGFC Sportsman hunting license.