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Urban Hunt registration is now CLOSED!!!

  • Due to city hunting limits & restrictions registration is now closed...
  • Hot Springs Village will only allow pre-registrations. No Walkups. You must bring your conformation email (paper or on phone) to the Hot Springs Village Orientation in order to enter the main gate ((NO EXCEPTIONS!!!))
  • You may still attend the Fairfield Bay/Heber Springs Orientation as a walkup...

The 2021 - 2022 Urban Hunt season begins Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. 

Changes for 2021/22

  • Hot Springs Village will only allow pre-registrations. No Walkups. You must bring your conformation email (paper or on phone) to the Hot Springs Village Orientation in order to enter the main gate ((NO EXCEPTIONS!!!))
  • Registration Fee of $15 (A fee of $15 will be collected at the time of registration. This will be deducted from the $50 orientation fee)
  • The amount paid at the orientation will be $35 for preregistered hunters and $55 for those that did not preregister
  • Additional feature added to allow others to register others as their guest. Just use their email address during the registration to link to their membership

 ***Due to the Covid-19 guidelines there will be some changes to the way the orientation is managed. We will have to follow the guidelines of social distancing that may require us to make last minute changes to the normal process. These will be published before the first orientation date.***


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. 

• Register for the Urban Hunt. {Cost is $50, (which is $15 registration fee + $35 Orientation fee) or $55 for those that did not preregister}

     2021- 22 Urban Hunt Registration

• Take the Bowhunter Education Class online {The current cost is $30}  ***If you take the course online, you still have to attend an Urban Hunt Orientation in order to get the Field Day portion***  IBEP Online Education 

• Register to attend an Urban Hunt Field Day IBEP Field Day

• 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 cities you hunt. ***You must get your tags from each city you plan to hunt***

• 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 meet the minimum age requirement of each city that you plan to hunt and have a valid AGFC Sportsman hunting license.


Registration for the hunt

       Click here to register >>>   2021 - 22 Urban Hunt Registration

***Proficiency Shooting is MANDATORY for EVERYONE participating in the Urban Hunts!!! No EXEMPTIONS FOR 3+YEARS OF PARTICIPATION!!!***

!!!YOU MUST QUALIFY WITH YOU MOST PROFICIENT METHOD ON THE FIRST TRY!!! IF YOU FAIL WITH YOUR FIRST METHOD, NO OTHER OPPORTUNITY WILL BE GIVEN WITH ANY OTHER TYPE OF ARCHERY EQUIPMENT!!! 

2021-22 Urban Deer Hunt Dates

All urban deer hunts will open Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 and close Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.   

 ***Hot Springs Village, Cherokee Village & Fairfield Bay will open Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 and close Monday, Jan. 31, 2022***

      

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.

7. Hot Springs Village (Map - Hot Springs Village) (2021-22 Hot Springs Village Requirements)

Some maps are large and may take a while to download.


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:

***Russellville/Fairfield Bay CWD Sampling Requirements***

The location of the sampling deposits will be at:

Russellville Animal Control Center (Russellville)

3115 South Mobile

Russellville, AR 72801

Hours of operation:  M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact: Mike Vernon (479) 968-1944

Department of Public Safety Storage Building (Fairfield Bay)

101 Little Rock Rd.

Fairfield Bay, AR 72088

(877) 967-7577


Walter Thornton Sr. (Helena/West Helena)

Phillips County Rd 363 (House 463)

Oneida, AR 72369

(870) 816-6908

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 and also need to attend one of the field day classes held at the one of the orientations. If you have attended one of the classes in the past and have already received your Bow Hunter Ed card, you will not need to attend a class again.

***The registration for this class does not get you registered for the Urban Hunt. You will still need to register & pay for the Urban Hunt in order to participate.***


For information about IBEP the online class use this link:  IBEP Online Education

  Class - ***ONLINE ONLY***


Orientation Schedule

  Orientation 1 & 2 - July 17, 2021

   ***Helena/West Helena***

Old Armory
124 Phillips Rd 204

West Helena, AR 72390

    ***Russellville*** 

Sheppard Drive Park 

11500 Sheppard Drive

Russellville AR 72802

  Orientation 3 - July 24, 2021

   ***Cherokee Village/Horseshoe Bend***

Razorback Archery

10640 US Hwy 62

Ash Flat, AR 72513

PH: (870) 994-7850

  Orientation 4 - Aug 14, 2021

   ***Hot Springs Village*** ((Limited to 300))

Ponce de Leon Center

1101 DeSoto Boulevard

Hot Springs Village AR 71909

  Orientation 5 - Aug 21, 2021

   ***Fairfield Bay/Heber Springs*** 

Department of Public Safety

101 Little Rock Road

Fairfield Bay AR 72088

  ORIENTATION NOTES

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 (email at jd@arkansasbowhunters.org) or Carrie Crawford 501-733-9126.


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.

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