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…

Habitat conditions falling into place for Strong finish to season

Habitat conditions falling into place for Strong finish to season

Little Rock, Arkansas – With a deep freeze headed toward Arkansas, snow expected to be covering southeast Missouri, and with the recent rainfall that has filled the public hunting areas in state, habitat conditions for duck hunters should this weekend be the best they’ve been all year long. Friday and Saturday morning, waterfowl hunters may…

Dry conditions still prevail with Saturday’s restart of duck season

Dry conditions still prevail with Saturday’s restart of duck season

LITTLE ROCK – Duck season restarts for waterfowl hunters on Saturday, Dec. 11, and those hunters maybe facing worse conditions than when the 60-day season officially opened Nov. 20.  “It’s doing nothing but getting drier on the landscape,” Luke Naylor, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission waterfowl program coordinator, said Wednesday. “Conditions may be declining,…

Bird bands continue contributions to waterfowl conservation

Bird bands continue contributions to waterfowl conservation

CALION — When you harvest a wood duck wearing a band around its leg and report it, you’re helping biologists gather critical data needed to make waterfowl management decisions in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission bands hundreds of wood ducks across the state each year. This year, biologists and other staff trapped 460…

Meetings scheduled to provide details on duck season water level and forest management changes

Meetings scheduled to provide details on duck season water level and forest management changes

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a series of public meetings in October and November to explain recently announced changes to some of Arkansas’s most popular duck-hunting areas. The meetings will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates at these locations: Oct. 26 — White County…

Five WRICE fields offered for early teal hunt Sept. 25-26

Five WRICE fields offered for early teal hunt Sept. 25-26

LITTLE ROCK — Five private rice fields that are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program are being made available to public hunters via draw for next weekend, Sept. 25-26, during the state’s special early teal season. Four of the WRICE fields are in Monroe County, while the…

Gov. Hutchinson unveils Arkansas Duck Stamp at National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamation

Gov. Hutchinson unveils Arkansas Duck Stamp at National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamation

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled the artwork that will appear on the 2021-22 Arkansas State Duck Stamp today at his official proclamation of Sept. 25 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas and the week leading up to it as Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Week. The proclamation, which took place at the…

Changes to east Arkansas hunting areas planned to save duck habitat

Changes to east Arkansas hunting areas planned to save duck habitat

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Austin Booth announced last Thursday at a special press conference that the AGFC will make changes to existing water management schedules on three of Arkansas’s popular wildlife management areas to protect critical habitat for wintering waterfowl. Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA, George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou…

AGFC adjusts water management to protect critical duck habitat

AGFC adjusts water management to protect critical duck habitat

LITTLE ROCK – Duck hunters visiting Arkansas’s famous waterfowl-focused public greentree reservoirs may see some changes on three of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s wildlife management areas this year.George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMA, Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA and Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA all will see changes in water management beginning…