Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Annual Outdoor Expo Set

The SouthArk Outdoor Expo—last year’s Arkansas Festivals and Events Best Festival runner-up—returns on Sept. 10 to the El Dorado Conference Center with all-new attractions in addition to familiar contests and exhibits.
In its 18th year, the day-long event aimed across the age spectrum is hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation, and is sponsored by Apex Redi-Mixed Concrete. Proceeds for the Outdoor Expo support efforts of the foundation, which include college scholarships for SouthArk students.
Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Famer Steve “Wildman” Wilson will be the guest headliner. At 10 a.m. he will hold a seminar on preparing for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
New to the festival this year are a car show sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Trotter Auto El Dorado, and a youth talent contest.
Returning are a rib cook-off sponsored by El Dorado Chemical, carrying a top prize of $2,000; the Maj. Ronald Wayne Culver Hero 5K sponsored by Nexans-Amercable; and an outdoor photography contest. Ribs from the cooking contest can be purchased and picked up on the day of the event.
Some of these contests still are accepting entries; for more information about them, and about purchasing ribs, see www.southarkexpo.com.
Live musical entertainment throughout the day will be provided by the Cummins Prison Band, Jimmy Lewis and the Eight-Second Ride and the Seth Walker Band.
Among the more than 70 exhibits will be an Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife trailer and youth target shooting area; the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Be Pro Be Proud interactive display; a chainsaw carver; autumn planting advice from the Union County Master Gardeners; live animals; and health and safety information.
A children’s play area will include balloon makers, jugglers and stilt walkers, inflatable bouncers, face painting and an appearance by Smokey the Bear.
Vendors will be selling items including outdoors equipment, all-terrain vehicles, boats, motorcycles and leather goods.
Admission to the event is one canned or pre-packaged food item per person, which will be donated to Turning Point Violence Intervention Center.
Additional information about the event is available at (870) 864-7106 or foundation@southark.edu.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Log a Load for Kids Trap/Skeet Shoot Set for August 27

Bradley County Logging Community Chapter, Log A Load for Kids, will host a Trap/Skeet Shoot  at the Warren Shooting Complex located at 323 Bradley 38 in Warren on Saturday, August 27th, at 10:00 a.m.  Competition includes 1 round of trap and 1 round of skeet.  Entry fee is $80 per two man team.  Come early and practice (from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) at a cost of $6 per round.  You can register the day of the event or call             (870) 226-1177; (870) 226-2709; or (870) 226-7520 to pre-register.  Everyone is invited to join us for fun as we raise money for ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.  Concessions will be available on site.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Outdoor Expo has new contests

EL DORADO—The SouthArk Outdoor Expo, presented by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation, as usual will bring with it a number of contests when it returns on Sept. 10, but this year there are some new ones.
Making their debuts at this year’s Expo are a car show and a talent show.
The talent show is for amateur performers ages 8 to 17, in three different divisions. An initial round of auditions will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27; finalists in each age category will compete publicly on the day of the Expo. There is no entry fee. Winners will receive trophies.
The car show provides trophies by vehicle class and is $25 to enter, with the option of entering additional vehicles for $5. Entries will be accepted up through 8 a.m. on the day of the Expo; early registrants receive a free dash plaque.
The rib cook-off, with its $5,000 in prizes including a $2,000 top prize, returns with categories for ribs, other smoked foods, team spirt and this year, rig construction. Entry fees are $100 for the rib contest, plus additional fees for the other contests. Deadline for entry is Sept. 2.
The outdoor photography contest includes a $200 best of show prize, and $100 top prizes in each of the four individual categories (Flora, Wildlife, People in the Outdoors, Scenes) along with second- and third-place cash prizes. The entry fee is $5 per photograph, with a deadline of Sept. 7.
The annual Hero 5K Walk-Run provides a $100 prize to the top overall male and female finisher and ribbons to other winners by age bracket. It costs $25 to enter through Aug. 26; $30 afterward.
The SouthArk Outdoor Expo, held at the El Dorado Conference Center on Sept. 10, will include vendors, exhibitors, live music and attractions. For more information about each of these contests, including entry forms and payment details, see www.southarkexpo.com.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kayak Tours at Moro Bay

Explore the intersection of three counties and three bodies of water on this guided kayak tour. Wading birds, turtles, and belted kingfishers are likely critters to spot on the shoreline. Kids ages 12 and under must ride tandem with an adult: younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the tour. First-time paddlers are welcome on this relaxing tour of Moro Bay and the Ouachita River. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, and lifejacket. Participation is limited so call ahead or stop by the visitor center to make reservations
Admission $14 adults, $7 kids ages 6-12, younger than 6 = free
When: Friday August 6th  2016 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Moro Bay State Park Visitor Information Center

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kayak Under the Light of a full Moon at Moro Bay

 “Imagine gliding through the water in a kayak under the light of a full moon. The cool breeze barely stirring the water revealing the reflections of the cypress trees and the stars of the night sky. Join Assistant Superintendent Corbin as you are guided through some of Moro Bay’s iconic features as they are seen in a different light. It is recommended that participants have a small amount of prior kayaking/canoeing experience.  Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, and lifejacket. Participation is limited so call ahead at 870-463-8555 or stop by the visitor center to make reservations. Folks will also need to bring a headlamp with them. Tour is weather dependent.
Admission $14 adults, $7 kids ages 6-12, younger than 6 = free
When: Friday July 22nd, 2016 - 8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Where: Moro Bay State Park Visitor Information Center

AGFC hears proposals for 2017 fishing regulations

            LITTLE ROCK –The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard 14 proposals to change fisheries regulations for 2017 at its August meeting today.
            The following proposals have been distributed to the public and public comments have been received through an online survey, which ran for 30 days in May:
·       Implement a 10-inch minimum length on crappie at Lake Atkins;

·       Replace 3-fish daily creel limit on striped bass in Lake Greeson with the statewide daily limit of 6 fish;

·       Remove the ½ daily creel limit restriction on Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc lake for all game fish except crappie;

·       Clarify the need for a commercial license to sell wild-caught fish;

·       Clarify the definition of “snagging” in the AGFC code book;

·       Clarify snagging regulations;

·       Clarify that game fish may not be possessed while gigging;

·       Implement a 14- to 17-inch protected slot limit with a daily creel of 10 fish, one of which may be over 17 inches, for largemouth bass on Mallard Lake;

·       Move Dr. James E. Moore Camp Robinson Firing Range pond from Family Fishing Program rules to Community Fishing Program rules;

·       Remove Landers Lake from the Family Fishing Program;

·       Close commercial harvest on all species of greatest conservation need outlined in Arkansas’s State Wildlife Action Plan (available at http://www.wildlifearkansas.com/);

·       Close a portion of the White River from Newport Access to Jacksonport Access to commercial fishing for paddlefish and sturgeon;

·       Implement a 15- to 18-inch protected slot limit with a creel limit of 10 fish, only one of which may be larger than 18 inches, for largemouth bass on Lower White Oak Lake, and

·       Simplify the Commercial Facility Operator’s License by having one Commercial Boat Dock Permit with an annual cost of $25 on any commercially licensed facilities on Commission property.

            Commissioners are scheduled to vote on these regulations proposals at their regularly scheduled Commission meeting, Aug. 18. All approved changes would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
In other business, the Commission:
·       Approved delegation of authority to newly promoted AGFC Director Jeff Crow for administrative decision making.

·       Recognized 26 employees with a total of 405 years of service for their commitment to the people and natural resources of Arkansas.

·       Approved the removal of obsolete, damaged and unusable inventory with an original value of $824,990 and a current net book value of $2,204.

·       Ratified the emergency order to lift game fish limits for 120 days on Lake June in Stamps, which was signed by Director Crow June 7.

·       Approved a budget appropriation for chronic wasting disease monitoring and management for Fiscal Year 2017 of $1 million, with 75 percent of those funds to be reimbursed through a federal matching grant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shooting Competition to be Held July 30

Arkansas' South Tourism Association will be hosting the 1st Annual Arkansas South Fun in the Sun Shooting Competition on Saturday, July 30, at the Warren Shooting Complex. The competition will be 1 round of Trap and 1 round of Olympic Trap. the cost is $80 for a 2 person team. Practice rounds will be available from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. the cost of a practice round is $6. There will be a concession on site. For more information contact David King at 870-820-5670.