Novice Hunting Fort Smith AR

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(479) 646-8900
Fort Smith Pavillion
Fort Smith, AR
 
A & M Tent
(479) 452-5557
8000 Williamsburg Road
Fort Smith, AR
 
Ben Geren
(479) 646-5301
7200 Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR
 
Chunknforbass
(501) 883-1830
5100 Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR
 
Bicycles Etc
(479) 783-4981
1500 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR
 
Academy
(479) 494-1740
5001 Phoenix Avenue (at Airport Blvd)
Fort Smith, AR
 
The Woodsman
(479) 452-3559
5111 Rogers Avenue Suite 153
Fort Smith, AR
 
Gellco Outdoors
(479) 646-2402
4600 Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR
 
Cross Creek Sporting Goods
(479) 646-5251
4600 Towson Avenue Suite 51
Fort Smith, AR
 
River Valley Truck Outfitters Inc
(479) 648-8855
5424 East Highway 45
Fort Smith, AR
 

Pronghorn: The Perfect Beginners' Big Game Animal

Imagine you were given the assignment of designing a perfect big game hunt for novice hunters. Your objective would be to make the hunt fun and exciting so the new hunter would come away with a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors. It would be great if the hunt had some exotic appeal, something a little out of the ordinary so the new hunter wants to keep coming back for more. A high probability of success would be essential. No matter their age, beginning hunters don't want to wait several years to harvest an animal.

You'd probably want to eliminate most late season hunts. Dragging beginning hunters out into cold, wet, or snowy weather in pursuit of any animal carries high risk of disappointment. When someone is soaked and freezing it is hard to appreciate that it is the peak of the rut and you are holding out for a whopper.

Stand hunting probably isn't a great choice, unless it is an area crawling with game. Few things are more boring that sitting for hours, hoping that an animal will appear. That's especially true if you stick a first-time hunter alone in a tree stand and tell him you'll be back to pick him up in three or four hours. If an animal doesn't appear in the first few minutes, those hours are going to seem to take an eternity.

Forget about a wilderness hunt or one where you must backpack or camp in a tent. For someone not experienced in the outdoors, camping by itself can be stressful and frightening. I have a friend who introduced his brother to hunting by taking him on a backcountry elk hunt on horses. It snowed four feet the first night and the younger brother was convinced they would never make it out alive. In five days they did not see an elk and the brother has never gone on another hunt.

Chances are, no matter what criteria you defined for this perfect beginners' big game hunt, pronghorn antelope would rise to the top of the list.

The only real drawback of hunting pronghorns is that they are limited to the western third of the United States. But they still range over many states and populations have increased to the point that they are a nuisance in many areas.

Here are some of the factors, traits and behaviors that make pronghorn antelope a great choice as a first big game animal for beginning hunters:

Highly visible - Pronghorns prefer open country so they can see any approaching danger a long ways off. This also makes it possible for hunters to see them from long distances. Unlike other animals whose coloration blends in with the surroundings, pronghorns have a white rump patch that tends to stand out like a pimple on a prom date.

In wide open country even hunters with minimal experience in spotting game have little trouble picking out herds of antelope. My two-year-old granddaughter came along on an early fall ranch hunt for pronghorns this year. She had no trouble spotting them in the alfalfa fields several hundred yards away.

Spot and stalk - The fact that they are easy to see means the best huntin...

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Arkansas Hunting Regulations

Age Requirement:

No license required if 15 years old or younger.

Education Requirement:

It is unlawful for persons born after 1968 to hunt wildlife without having on the person a valid Arkansas hunter education certification. EXCEPTIONS: (1) Youths Hunting under direct supervision of an adult at least 21 years of age. (2) Persons possessing a valid hunting license/permit displaying the dealer imprinted code DHE (Code 01.00C, Deferred Hunter Education). Requirements for a person to be eligible to hunt with DHE-coded licenses/permits are as follows: (a)Be at least 16 years of age and born after 1968 and not hunter-education certified. (b)Be in the immediate presence of an adult hunter who is at least 21 years of age and possesses valid hunter education certification, or who was born before 1969. (c)A DHE-validated hunting license/permit may be obtained once in a lifetime. (d)Not eligble if convicted of prior violation of this regulation. (3) Any person who has successfully completed a state approved hunter education training course and has on his person a valid hunter education certificate issued by another state or province. PENALTY: $50 to $1,000

Bow Education Required:

No

Orange Required:

Yes