Saturday, August 18, 2018

AGFC proposes changes to non-resident waterfowl hunting on public land

LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission proposed an amendment to waterfowl hunting regulations today to specify when non-residents can hunt waterfowl on wildlife management areas to specific blocks of dates.

If passed, the proposal would let non-residents hunt waterfowl on WMAs Nov. 17-25, 2018; Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, and Jan. 19-27, 2019.

Nonresidents still would be required to purchase a 5-day non-resident waterfowl permit, but they would be able to purchase as many permits as they wish to ensure they were able to hunt 30 days during Arkansas’s waterfowl season.

Commissioner Andrew Parker of Little Rock voiced the proposal.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Buck is Back

LITTLE ROCK – For the third time in 19 years of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s conservation license plate program, a white-tailed deer graces the plates of conservation-minded motorists in The Natural State.

No animal has been featured on the plate as often as deer, which is a fitting tribute to Arkansas’s outdoors, according to Matt Burns, AGFC assistant chief of education.

“More Arkansas hunters pursue deer than any other species,” Burns said. “The last deer sold out quickly.”

Several artists have worked on plate designs over the years. The two most recent versions were crafted by Greta James, AGFC illustrator and graphic artist. James’ rendition of the ideal trophy buck shows an added bit of character, a split brow tine.

Cutting a Tree...

LITTLE ROCK - Cutting a tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. These beneficial trees produce the acorns that are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Many a hunter has placed their deer stand based on the availability of a hot section of forest where the acorns are dropping, and more than one hunter has called foul when they see small sections of their favorite duck woods suddenly logged and resulting brushy areas beginning to grow. 

There’s more at work than just a logging operation. Rob Willey, statewide habitat program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helps explain how to see the proverbial forest for the trees. 

“Our only motivation in these cuts is improving the wildlife habitat,” Willey said. “And good wildlife habitat is disturbance dependent. Cutting trees, prescribed fire, injecting trees to create snags all increase the diversity of what’s available for wildlife in a forest.”

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fun Shoot

FUN SHOOT
Warren AR Shooting Complex
Saturday September 8 Registration @ 8:00 am
Shoot @9:00 am
ENTRY FEE $40 Individual Shoot-No Teams
2 Classes:16 & Under and Open
1 Round 20 yds Trap 1 Round 16 yds Double Trap (26 shots) 1 Round Skeet
*Shot Size 7.5 or 8
Contact: Michael Young @ 870.305.6474 or
Bubba York @ 870.820.1428
*There will be a Shoot Off at 27 yds Double Trap for Ties

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Draw dove hunt applications available at agfc.com

LITTLE ROCK – For the second consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer the public a dove hunt on private land through a permit process. The application process will be available at https://ar-web.s3licensing.com/ from 8 a.m. Aug. 8 until midnight Aug. 22.

Campfire cooking offers extra flavor to trout

LITTLE ROCK - One of the best ways to beat the heat of summer for a camping/fishing combination is a trip to the cool tailwaters formed by Norfork, Bull Shoals and Greers Ferry Lakes. The dams forming these Corps of Engineers impoundments release cold water from the bottom of the water column. That rush of cold water can chase away the stifling heat, offering a brief respite from the summer sun.

Friday, July 20, 2018

AGFC hears first reading of 2019 fishing regulations proposals

BATESVILLE – Commissioners heard the first reading of fishing regulations changes proposed for 2019 at today’s regularly scheduled meeting at the Batesville Community and Aquatics Center.

The following regulations changes were submitted for public comment May 1-31 and have been formally proposed for consideration to be voted on at the Commission’s Aug. 16 meeting: