Urban Hunt registration is now open!!!

The 2016 - 2017 Urban Hunt season registration is now underway. 

Registration for the hunt

Registration is now CLOSED!!!  
***If you have not registered (or spoken to an ABA Urban Hunt Officer prior to 8/16/16 @ 5pm), you will not be able to participate in this years Urban Hunt.***

If you are attending the final orientation (Hot Springs Village), please be sure to bring your IBEP card, your bow and arrows with field tips, and your orientation fee payment. No walk-ins will be accepted (without prior approval)!!!

2015-16 Urban Deer Hunt Dates

All urban deer hunts will open Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 and close Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

The 2016-2017 Urban Hunt information is finalized and updated. The following list contains the cities that will be hosting an Urban Hunt. The Protocol for each city is posted, but the maps are not. So, please keep checking back for updates.

These are the requirements as defined by the AGFC.
2016-2017 AGFC Protocols coming soon

***Russellville CWD Sampling***

All hunters participating in the Russellville Urban Hunt must obey the following sampling rules:

The location of the fridge will be at:


Russellville Animal Control Center

3115 South Mobile

Russellville, AR 72801

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

Contact: Mike Vernon 479-968-1944

Bull Shoals and Lakeview

These hunts are not being managed by the Arkansas Bowhunter Association.

***Those wishing to participate in the Bull Shoals and Lakeview urban deer hunts should contact

Bill Craker (Bull Shoals Urban Bow Hunters Association, LLC) at or 870-321-1447.***

How's The Harvest?

Click on the following link to view the updated harvest report by zones.
 AGFC Zone Harvest Report


IBEP Education Classes

We are only hosting 1 IBEP class this year. If you can not attend this class you will need to take the online class. You will still need to attend one of the field day classes held at the one of the orientation. 

If you have attended one of the classes in the past and already received your Bow Hunter Ed card, you will not need to attend the classes again.

Class 1 - June 25, 2016 – (IBEP Class for Hot Springs Village) 

Ponce de Leon Center

1101 DeSoto Boulevard 

Hot Springs Village AR 71909 

(Class will be from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) 

Orientation Schedule


Orientation 1 - July 23, 2016 (Russellville) 

Sheppard Drive Park 

1500 Sheppard Drive 

Russellville AR 72802  

Orientation 2 - July 30, 2016 (Cherokee Village/Horseshoe Bend) 

Razorback Archery

10640 US Hwy 62

Ash Flat, AR 72513.  

PH 1-870-994-7850

Orientation 3 - Aug 13, 2016 (Fairfield Bay/Heber Springs) 

Department of Public Safety 

101 Little Rock Road

Fairfield Bay AR 72088

Orientation 4 - Aug 20, 2016 (Hot Springs Village) 

Ponce de Leon Center 

1101 DeSoto Boulevard

Hot Springs Village AR 71909


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 or email at


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.

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. We are going to list them but they don’t have to follow this exact order:
• Attend a Bowhunter Education Class.  If you take the course online, you still have to attend one of the IBEP classes to get the Field Day portion.
• 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 Urban Hunts you hunt in.
• 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 be at least 16 years old and have a valid AGFC Sportsman hunting license.

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