Approved On: May 19, 2022
Effective On: June 27, 2022
- The Commission has determined that certain violations of its regulations, or a series of violations, are so harmful to the fish and wildlife resources of the State that they warrant a suspension of an individual’s hunting and fishing rights, privileges and related licenses. The Commission regards such action as a valid means of protecting the fish and wildlife resources of the State. Under subsection B of this Code, points are assigned for the various offenses. When a person cited for such an offense pleads guilty or no contest, forfeits an appearance bond, or otherwise is convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction, the Commission assesses the points on that person’s hunting and fishing violation record. The accumulation of a certain number of points within the time specified can result in administrative suspension of hunting and fishing rights, privileges and related licenses for a specific period of time.
- The Commission shall assign violation points to:
- A person convicted of violating a Commission regulation;
- A person convicted of violating a federal wildlife law or regulation in Arkansas; and
- In accordance with Code 01.00-Q, an Arkansas resident convicted of a wildlife offense in another state that is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Violation point values for Commission regulations are as follows:
- Class 1 Offense = 6 Points
- Class 2 Offense = 12 Points
- Class 3 Offense = 18 Points
- Class 4 Offense = 30 Points
- Class 5 Offense = 99 Points
- Unclassified Offense = 0 points
The violation point value for a federal wildlife law or regulation violation shall be equal to the violation point value for the most similar Commission regulation violation. If a court imposes an enhanced penalty pursuant to Code 01.00-J, the Commission shall assign corresponding violation points for the higher class of offense.
- For administration of this Point System, the Commission shall assign violation points as of the date of a person’s conviction for an offense, and such convictions and violation points will remain on a person’s AGFC violation record indefinitely. For the purpose of determining a person’s eligibility for suspension or revocation under Code 01.00-L, violation points associated with an offense for which a conviction resulted will expire 5 years after the date of conviction for that offense. The Commission shall not consider violation points that have:
- Previously been counted and formed the basis for issuance of a suspension or revocation, or