AGFC Commissioner, staff recognized for contribution to hunter recruitment program

AGFC Commissioner, staff recognized for contribution to hunter recruitment program

LITTLE ROCK — Members of Delta Waterfowl, a nonprofit organization focused on the conservation of waterfowl and the pursuit of waterfowl hunting, might just find a few familiar names in the 2022 Annual Hunt issue of the organization’s magazine. Commissioner Anne Marie Doramus of Little Rock and Luke Naylor, the newly promoted Arkansas Game and…

AGFC’s newest quail stamp available; new Quail Program coordinator named

AGFC’s newest quail stamp available; new Quail Program coordinator named

A new Northern Bobwhite Conservation Stamp for 2022 is available for voluntary purchase, with the proceeds helping fund the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s restoration efforts for quail in The Natural State. The AGFC’s Quail Program, coincidentally, has a new coordinator in Clint Johnson, an agency veteran who has been involved for a decade in…

Estimated decline in duck population only part of fall flight story

Estimated decline in duck population only part of fall flight story

LITTLE ROCK — According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s report “Waterfowl Population Status, 2022,” released in late August, total duck population estimates in spring 2022 declined 12 percent from the last recorded survey taken in 2019, but that doesn’t necessarily sound an alarm with waterfowl managers who have seen similar fluctuations in the…

South Arkansas deer hunting open house and virtual meeting address regulation changes, management assistance

South Arkansas deer hunting open house and virtual meeting address regulation changes, management assistance

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is encouraging hunters in Ashley, Bradley and Union counties to participate in one of two special meetings this week devoted to deer hunting regulations and deer herd health in south Arkansas following the detection of chronic wasting disease in Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge during the 2021-22…

Possible world-record paddlefish skewered on Beaver Lake

Possible world-record paddlefish skewered on Beaver Lake

ROGERS — Some people might be a bit squeamish if they saw a fish as long as them swimming directly under where they were floating. Chris Cantrell of Berryville, Arkansas, swam toward such a beast and managed to land it using spearfishing tackle early Saturday morning at Beaver Lake. Cantrell shot a 90-pound, 12-ounce paddlefish…

Big blue catfish kick off fall at family fishing locations

Big blue catfish kick off fall at family fishing locations

LITTLE ROCK – Break out the fishing rods and kick off fall with a chance at a monster catfish, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program and a generous donation from an Arkansas catfish producer.  The catfish producer from south Arkansas who wished to remain anonymous, donated more than…

Muscadine grape workshop and field day set for September 19 in Clarksville

Muscadine grape workshop and field day set for September 19 in Clarksville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Muscadine Grape Workshop and Field Day will be on Sept. 19 at the Fruit Research Station in Clarksville. The program will include updates on muscadine breeding research, grape tasting and a session about establishing a muscadine vineyard. The event will take place from 2 to…

SouthArk Outdoor Expo set for September 10

SouthArk Outdoor Expo set for September 10

EL DORADO – Those who love the outdoors are invited to the 23rd Annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo, hosted by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the El Dorado Conference Center. In addition to hands-on exhibits and outdoors-oriented activities for the whole family, organizers have packed the event with…

Public meetings scheduled for deer health information

Public meetings scheduled for deer health information

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host three meetings in the next month to discuss Arkansas’s deer herd and changes to local deer hunting regulations for portions of the state where chronic wasting disease was detected during the 2021-22 deer season. Open-house meetings will be held at the Pocahontas Community Center…

Attract doves to your field for opening day, but be mindful of baiting laws

Attract doves to your field for opening day, but be mindful of baiting laws

LITTLE ROCK – Dove season opens September 3. Coincidentally, that happens to be the first Saturday of college football for most of the country. Just like football, an opening day blunder can set the tone for the season. Check fields for any evidence of baiting before hunting, so your midday dove-field tailgate party is full…

Bradley County showcasing 36 acres for dove hunt

Bradley County showcasing 36 acres for dove hunt

Be sure to apply for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s 11 permit-based dove fields by Aug. 15 if you’re looking for a fun way to kick off hunting season this Labor Day Weekend. Applications are available at the AGFC’s licensing site https://ar-web.s3licensing.com under the “Special Hunt Applications” tab. Four of these AGFC’s managed fields…

AGFC looking for partners in groundbreaking bear research

AGFC looking for partners in groundbreaking bear research

Myron Means, large carnivore program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for leads into likely research candidates to wear GPS collars during Arkansas’s inaugural bear season in south Arkansas this year. As part of the research that goes into monitoring hunting seasons for bear, Means and many of the AGFC’s field…

AGFC to host open-house forums for bass angler input

AGFC to host open-house forums for bass angler input

LITTLE ROCK – Anglers interested in improving Arkansas’s bass fishing are invited to provide input on the state’s latest Reservoir Black Bass Management Plan at a series of open-house events the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold in August and September. Eleven public forums will be held in locations throughout Arkansas to ensure anglers…

Cole Williams earns gold at 4-H State Shooting Sports Junior Championships

Cole Williams earns gold at 4-H State Shooting Sports Junior Championships

For the first time since 2019, the Arkansas 4-H State Shooting Sports Junior Championships were held July 13 through July 15, 2022 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock. Participants from counties across Arkansas were able to compete in shotgun, .177 air pistol, archery, .177 air rifle, .22 rifle and hunting skills.…