Black River Technical College,through a newly formed partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), will offer a for-credit hunting course in the Fall of 2021. Introduction to Hunting will introduce the tradition and sport to beginner-level or new hunters.

During the course, students will complete the AGFC’s Hunter Education Course, learn how to safely discharge a firearm, participate in multiple hunts for wild game species, learn how to field dress and clean harvested game, and learn how to prepare wild game dishes. Students will also learn about the role they play in society as a consumptive user.

Donna Statler, Dean of General Studies, states, “In this region, we expect this class to pique the interest of area residents and students.  It is the first class of this nature to be taught in our area of the state. I am excited to be able to add this to the BRTC classes.”

Dr. Brad Baine, Vice President for Academic Affairs, adds, “Black River Technical College (BRTC) is excited to partner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), to educate individuals and increase interest in hunting. By offering an introductory course in hunting, students will have an opportunity to earn academic credit, and learn correct and safe practices for lifelong hunting. While this introductory course is for students who do not have prior hunting experience, BRTC and AGFC are continuing to discuss and address additional needs of the communities we serve. It is always great to partner with quality agencies and combine resources so we can efficiently serve our communities while being good stewards of the funding we are provided by the public.”

For more information about enrolling in the course, contact Donna Statler at (870) 248-4000, ext. 4183 or 

Photo: Ralph Meeker with the AGFC discussing Introduction to Hunting’s course objectives

Black River Technical College is a 2-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education.  The College houses one of the state’s law enforcement training academies and fire science academies.  BRTC has 2,500 full- and part-time students.