A free Hunter Safety course will be taught on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the new Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center. Steven Dunlap, education coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be the instructor. The training will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with breaks.
Anyone born after December 31, 1968 must complete a Hunter Education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid hunting license.
There is no specific age requirement to enroll in Hunter education; however, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. Arkansas recognizes hunter education cards from other states. The Arkansas hunter education program is recognized in all states as well as in Canada and Mexico.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is the only state park where seasonal and permitted hunting is allowed. It also contains a shooting range.
To register for the class, call Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area at 479-789-5000. Find out more about the park by visiting www.friendsofhobbs.com.