Outdoor skills program starts with new year

Outdoor skills program starts with new year
A series of new regulations dealing with turtle harvesting were approved Friday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The longtime hunter or the novice headed to the woods for the first time will have an opportunity to earn something they can be proud of under a new program announced this week by state officials.

According to a media release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, an outdoor skills program will allow hunters to receive a badge of honor.

“When a person attends one of the many workshops the AGFC’s Education Division provides, they become eligible to receive an attractive patch to place on their favorite piece of outdoors clothing. The initial patch labels them a beginner in one of 10 outdoor disciplines. From there, participants can complete different tasks for each discipline to ‘level-up’ through intermediate, advanced and expert rankings, each with its own rocker to accompany the initial patch,” officials said in the release.

Hunters can receive patches in archery, conservation leadership, fishing, game-calling, hunting, paddle sports, rifle marksmanship, shotgun marksmanship, trapping and watchable wildlife.

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