LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – There is now an age limit for big game hunting in Arkansas.
No, there is no cap on senior citizens going after deer, bear, turkey or elk. But children must be 6 years old to hunt these species of big game in the state, whether or not they have completed a hunter education course.
The rule was created last spring by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, partly in response to hunters who felt there should be a minimum age for hunters. Adding to the action were the instances of deer being checked in the names of very young children – 3 years old, 2 years old, even 18 months old.
Many Arkansas outdoors persons delight in introducing their children to hunting and fishing at early ages. Some tell of successes in deer hunting "with my young 'un sitting on my lap." The new rule does not prohibit children of any age from accompanying adults on hunts, but it bans a boy or girl from shooting a deer, bear, turkey or elk until he or she has reached that sixth birthday.
The rule applies to both public and private land.