The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revised its licensing procedure to create more options for hunters to get to the field quickly. This includes the creation of paper, electronic and plastic license options.

• Paper – Any license may be purchased at a license vendor or online and printed on standard 8½" x 11" printer paper. Users may print as many copies as they wish to keep in their wallet, glove box, etc. Previously a replacement license, with a fee would have been required.

• Electronic – Upon purchase from a vendor or online, a hunter or angler who has provided their email address can have an electronic (.pdf) file emailed to them. This may be saved on their phone (or used to print paper copies). The electronic copy may be used as proof of license purchase.

• Plastic – Hunters and anglers who wish to upgrade their license to a more durable plastic card will soon be able to order one online or at a license vendor for an additional $3. The card will take approximately three weeks to arrive by mail after purchase.

Wildlife Officers have the ability to look up a person’s license purchases in the field via radio if a person’s license is unreadable or their phone dies. They understand these sorts of issues are possible, but hunters should make the attempt to have these materials on their person while hunting.

After successfully harvesting a deer, turkey, bear or elk, hunters have two options for tagging/checking:

If you have a phone signal where you are hunting, you may immediately check your harvest by visiting or calling 877-731-5627.

If you do not have a phone signal, fill out a game tag written legibly in ink and attach it to the ear/antler of a deer, bear or elk, or the leg of a turkey. You may use a game tag from your license, Page 53 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook, a courtesy tag provided at stores or a tag you have made yourself with the following information: Name, customer ID number, time and date of harvest, and zone of harvest.

Any harvested wildlife transferred to another person must include the following information: Name of person who killed the game, species, quantity, person receiving the game, date of kill and check number (if it’s big game). A sample Transfer Tag is available on Page 29 of the 2017-18 Hunting Guidebook.