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Join the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on a quest to master a variety of outdoors skills and experience a new dimension of the outdoors. The Outdoors Skills Program offers knowledge and hands-on experience to hone your skills in a variety of outdoors pursuits, including: archery, conservation leadership, fishing, game-calling, hunting, marksmanship, paddle sports, trapping and wildlife-watching. Courses are offered year-round at AGFC nature centers and education centers.

For more information, call Eric Maynard at 870-534-0011 or visit your local AGFC nature or education center.

  • Archery

    Beginner Archery patch Beginner

    • Attend an AGFC basic archery course.

    Intermediate

    • Shoot proficiently from two distances (Five arrows in the red or all five arrows in a scoring portion of a 3D target at 10 and 15 yards). -OR-
    • Participate in an Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program Regional tournament. -OR-
    • Compete in an Arkansas Bowhunter's Association or AGFC 3D tournament.

    Advanced

    • Participate in the ANASP state tournament. -OR-
    • Score a 120 on a FITA-style 80 centimeter archery target at 10 yards with 15 arrows twice. -OR-
    • Shoot five arrows in a 3D target kill zone at 20 yards twice.

    Expert

    • Score a 135 on a FITA-style 80 centimeter archery target at 10 yards with 15 arrows twice. -OR-
    • Harvest an animal with a bow. -OR-
    • Shoot five arrows in a 3D target kill zone at 35 yards.

    Mentor

    • Take someone bowhunting/bowfishing who has never been before.
  • Conservation Leadership

    Beginner Conservation Leadership patch Beginner

    • Attend an AGFC conservation program.

    Intermediate

    • Buy a hunting, fishing license or conservation stamp. -AND-
    • Attend a cleanup project.

    Advanced

    • Join a conservation group. -OR-
    • Create a food plot or backyard habitat.

    Expert

    • Volunteer at a nature center or education center to lead guided hikes or programs.

    Mentor

    • Organize a clean-up or group conservation project.
  • Fishing

    Beginner Fishing patch Beginner

    • Take an AGFC fishing class -AND-
    • Demonstrate how to rig a pole from scratch. -OR-
    • Participate in a fishing derby.

    Intermediate

    • Go fishing on your own twice.

    Advanced

    • Catch, process and cook your catch.

    Expert

    • Obtain one AGFC Master Angler Program qualification pin.

    Mentor

    • Take someone fishing who has never been before.
  • Game-Calling

    Beginner Game Calling patch Beginner

    • Attend an AGFC class to make your own call or learn basic game-calling.

    Intermediate

    • Demonstrate proficiency of three types of calls to AGFC staff. -OR-
    • Identify 10 wildlife sounds.

    Advanced

    • Use call while hunting. -OR-
    • Compete in calling contest.

    Expert

    • Harvest game while using call.

    Mentor

    • Take someone hunting, while teaching them how to call. -OR-
    • Help someone achieve intermediate patch level.
  • Hunting

    Beginner Hunting patch Beginner

    • Pass a Hunter Education class, -AND-
    • Demonstrate how to safely operate a firearm.

    Intermediate

    • Go on two hunts with someone.

    Advanced

    • Hunt two types of game (two times each).

    Expert

    • Obtain an AGFC Triple Trophy Award. -OR-
    • Harvest, process and cook your game.

    Mentor

    • Take someone hunting who has never been. -OR-
    • Help them achieve intermediate patch level.
  • Shotgun Marksmanship

    Beginner Shotgun Marksmanship patch Beginner

    • Attend basic AGFC shotgun-shooting class

    Intermediate

    • Shoot two rounds of trap, skeet or recreational clays with a score of 15 or better on each round.

    Advanced

    • Compete in a tournament and shoot 18/25 or better. -OR-
    • Go hunting with a shotgun and harvest game.

    Expert

    • Compete in a tournament and shoot 23/25 or 46/50 or better. -OR-
    • Shoot three non-tournament rounds of 20/25 or better. -OR-
    • Harvest a limit of small game animals or migratory game birds with a shotgun.

    Mentor

    • Take someone trap shooting who has never done it before.
  • Paddle Sports

    Beginner Paddle Sports patch Beginner

    • Attend basic AGFC canoe or kayak class.

    Intermediate

    • Acquire your own life jacket, -AND-
    • Go on canoe/kayak trip.

    Advanced

    • Paddle three AGFC Water Trails or bodies of water: Confirm with a photo of paddle gear at trail sign.

    Expert

    • Organize and go on overnight paddle trip.

    Mentor

    • Take someone on a float trip who has never been before. -OR-
    • Help someone achieve the intermediate patch level. -OR-
    • Assist with paddling classes at a center.
  • Rifle Marksmanship

    Beginner Rifle Marksmanship patch Beginner

    • Attend basic AGFC rifle-shooting class

    Intermediate

    • Shoot air rifle and score 30/100 at standing position on AR-5/10 targets at 10 meters three times.

    Advanced

    • Shoot rimfire rifle and score 180/300 on A-17 targets at 50 feet with iron sights - 10 shots each position: prone, kneeling, standing.

    Expert

    • Shoot a five-shot, 1-inch group at 100 yards three times.

    Mentor

    • Take someone to the range and shoot rifles for the first time.
  • Trapping

    Beginner Trapping patch Beginner

    • Attend a basic trapping workshop.

    Intermediate

    • Help someone run a trap line on two occasions.

    Advanced

    • Run your own trap line six times. -AND-
    • Join a trappers association.

    Expert

    • Process hides from two different species.

    Mentor

    • Take someone trapping who has never been before. -OR-
    • Help someone achieve the intermediate patch level.
  • Watchable Wildlife

    Beginner Watchable Wildlife patch Beginner

    • Take any AGFC wildlife class.

    Intermediate

    • Identify 25 birds in the AGFC Wings Over Arkansas Program, -AND-
    • Attend five animal feedings/programs at an AGFC nature or education center. -OR-
    • Attend an Audubon, Herpetological Society, The Nature Conservancy or Arkansas Wildlife Federation meeting/event.

    Advanced

    •  Identify 50 birds in the AGFC Wings Over Arkansas Program, -AND-
    • Identify 10 wildlife tracks. -OR-
    • Attend a wildlife field trip with AGFC or a conservation partner.

    Expert

    • Participate in the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. -OR-
    • Create an eBird, eMammal or iNaturalist account and log sightings.

    Mentor

    • Take a person on a hike and teach them to use binoculars or a field guide, -AND-
    • Teach a person to identify five animal calls, tracks or signs.
Hunting patch with all rockers. Mentor above the patch. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert below the patch.  Click for brochure.