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Hunting accessories need to include hunting guidebook

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- A fun part of a hunting outing is the preparation, getting together the items needed for the particular hunt for wild game, big or small.

License, weapon, ammo or arrows, these are starters. Most hunters add many more essentials or desired accompaniments. Snacks, drinks, basic first aid needs, map-the  list can be extensive, but the most important item for Arkansas hunters  should be the 2010-11 Hunting Guidebook of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The guidebook is the interpretive summary of the AGFC's hunting regulations. The complete list of rules can be found at http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Pages/EnforcementRegulations.aspx. They are free and available all over the state.

It includes such items as  forms for permission to hunt on private lake, forms for giving your game to someone else, deer tags and much more.

During deer and turkey season, hunters need to remember to  use the AGFC's new Telecheck system to check game. The new number is (866) 305-0808 and is toll free. The new system replaces the check stations that were used for decades. Over-65 hunters, a 3-year disabled license hunter or a younger than-16 hunters, are encouraged to keep the number in their billfold. The number is in the AGFC's Hunting Guidebook and is also on the game tags in the Guidebook.

For others with wildlife conservation licenses or sportsmen's licenses, the number also can be found on hunting license tags.

Game-checking can be done three ways,  the call to (866)305-0808 or online at www.agfc.com or the AGFC's iPhone application. After hunters finish checking game, each will be given a check number that must be recorded on the license.

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