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Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report for Jan. 9, 2019

Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report for Jan. 9, 2019 USA – -(Ammoland.com)  Weather Patterns Continue to Affect Duck Numbers.Anecdotally, we've heard of some good waterfowl hunts of late, mixed in with reports of terrible hunts through the Delta and elsewhere. It's a matter of being in the right place at the right time, apparently, what with all the water the state has taken on since fall. Ducks haven't necessarily been at peak migration numbers to this point, but what birds are here is sprea...
Tags: Usa, Guns, Arkansas, Delta, Arkansas River, Hunting News, Duck Hunting, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Charlie Hough, Conway County, Trey Reid, AGFC s Communications Division Reid, Oppelo, George H Dunklin Bayou Meto WMA


Two Arkansas Men Arrested After Attempt To Burn Wildlife Officer’s Truck

Two Arkansas Men Arrested After Attempt To Burn Wildlife Officer’s Truck EL DORADO, Arkansas –-(Ammoland.com)- Two Union County men were arrested last week after evidence was developed that they had attempted to burn an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer’s truck.The investigation into the incident led to the arrest of Harold S. Otwell, age 47 of El Dorado and Dustin A. Pate, age 31 of Junction City. Both individuals were arrested on June 27, 2018.The attempted arson was discove...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Young, Arkansas State Police, Pate, Natural State, Shooting Industry News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Arkansas State Crime Lab, DORADO Arkansas, Two Union County, Harold S Otwell, Dustin A Pate, Otwell, Arkansas Department of Correction Otwell


Big Bore Air Rifles Now Legal For Deer Hunting Season In Arkansas

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, Ammoland will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Big Bore Air Rifles Now Legal For Deer Hunting Season In Arkansas LITTLE ROCK –-(Ammoland.com)- Deer hunters will be able to pursue their game with one more option this season, thanks to a recent regulation change by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. During the annual hunting regulations review process, commissioners vote...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Crowley, Lewis, Clark, Meeker, Ammoland, Deer Hunting, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Jeremy Brown, AGFC, Ralph Meeker, Arkansas LITTLE ROCK Ammoland, Girandoni


Arkansas Red River Boating Access Reopens

Arkansas Red River Boating Access Reopens TEXARKANA, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- Roughly two-and-a-half years after being washed out and rendered unusable, the Highway 71 Index Bridge Ramp in Miller County has reopened, ready to help boaters and anglers get to the excellent fishing the Red River has to offer.The ramp originally closed because of extensive damage caused by the extreme flood of 2015. Because of its location along the river, the nearest alternative access to the Red River for boaters w...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Fema, Boating, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red River, Brinkman, Shooting Industry News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Miller County, Index Bridge Ramp, Eric Brinkman, Arkansas Red River


Arkansas Archery in the Schools Regional Tournaments on Feb. 10

Arkansas Archery in the Schools Regional Tournaments LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program’s 2018 regional tournaments will be held at a dozen schools throughout the state on Feb. 10.ANASP was established by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2008 and has grown tremendously.“We have about 550 schools participating in the program throughout the state,” said Curtis Gray, ANASP coordinator for the AGFC. “And we’re always looking to add more....
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Archery, Gray, BENTONVILLE, Fish Commission, Glen Rose, Clarksville High School, Archery News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Arkansas National Archery, Curtis Gray, ANASP, Arkansas Archery, Bank of the Ozarks Arena


Arkansas Commission Allow Handguns for Personal Protection on WMAs

Arkansas Commission Allow Handguns for Personal Protection on WMAs LITTE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a regulation change today which will allow people to openly carry a handgun for personal protection while on any wildlife management area or Commission-controlled property or lake.Previously, only people with valid concealed carry permits could possess handguns while on a wildlife management area, unless there was a hunting season in which the hand...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Commission, William Brown, Entergy, Calhoun County, Fish Commission, Ouachita River, Hunting News, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pat Fitts, Fitts, Wildlife Management Area


Applications For 2018 Arkansas Summer Internships Available

Arkansas Summer Internships LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications for summer internships until Feb. 28, 2018.These internships, funded by sales of the AGFC’s Conservation License Plates, let students gain hands-on training and experience needed to compete for a future career in conservation.Betty Bryant, internship coordinator for the AGFC, says many students are interested in a wildlife management, fisheries or conservation educatio...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Internship, Bryant, Conservation News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Betty Bryant, Conservation License Plates


Arkansas Hunter Takes First Deer at 77 Years Old

Arkansas Hunter Takes First Deer at 77 Years Old CAMDEN, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- You’re never too hold to harvest your first deer, as Ron Goza proved late last year.Goza is 77, and the button buck he took recently allowed him to receive the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s certificate for “My First Deer.”“I’ve hunted with my son-in-law the past few years and tried to get one and just never did, year after year, just never did. But I always say, maybe next year, maybe next year,” he said.“Next...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Hunting, Cleburne County, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Goza, Ron Goza, Louann


Applications for Hunting Turkeys in Arkansas Available Jan. 15

Applications for Hunting Turkeys in Arkansas Available Jan. 15 USA -(Ammoland.com)- Turkey season may open at the beginning of April, but now is the time to begin your planning for a successful season.One of the best ways to be successful on public land is to apply for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s wildlife management area turkey hunt permits beginning Jan. 15.Many good public turkey hunting opportunities exist, particularly on the large cooperative WMAs owned by the U.S. Fore...
Tags: Guns, Turkey, Arkansas, U S Forest Service, WMA, Hunting News, USA Ammoland, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Turkey Hunting, Brad Carner, Carner, Jason Honey Turkey Program


CWD Confirmed in Three Northwest Arkansas Counties

CWD Confirmed in Three Northwest Arkansas Counties LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- Chronic wasting disease, detected in Arkansas almost two years ago, has been found in three more counties. Four white-tailed deer in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties recently tested positive for the deadly disease, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The deer in Benton County were a 2½-year-old doe near Decatur and a 5½-year-old doe near Springtown. The Sebastian County deer was an adu...
Tags: Guns, Colorado, Arkansas, Washington County, Sebastian, Lavaca, Decatur, Benton County, Newton County, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Chronic Wasting Disease, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Pat Fitts, Three Northwest Arkansas


Heavy Rain, Likely Runoff Should Open Up Habitat for Ducks

Arkansas Duck Hunting LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The heavy rainfall that Arkansas waterfowl hunters have been waiting for all season finally arrived Tuesday, at least for the southern portion of the state, and with it comes hopes for better habitat conditions to spread out the duck migration into the state.A large area in east-central Arkansas received up to 6 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period Tuesday-Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, and a large swath of the s...
Tags: National Weather Service, Guns, Snowden, Turkey, Dave, Arkansas, Henry Moore, Charles, Canon, Manila, Arkansas River, Mississippi River, Bobby, Potter, Simmons, Pierce


New Bill May Renew Dedication to Nongame and Game Species

Arkansas Wildlife USA -(Ammoland.com)- Rumblings of a new conservation movement have been heard in the U.S. House of Representatives for months. Thanks to bipartisan support from Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been introduced.The bill proposes to devote additional money to wildlife conservation throughout the U.S., using money from energy development on the federally owned land.The Recovering America’s Wildlife Bill ...
Tags: Guns, Legislation, Wyoming, Arkansas, House Of Representatives, John Morris, Debbie Dingell, CONE, Jeff Fortenberry, Conservation News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Blue Ribbon Panel, Sustaining America, Colclasure, Chris Colclasure


Youth Hunters Make Memories at AGFC Mentored Hunts

Hunters USA -(Ammoland.com)- Seventeen young hunters had the opportunity to experience hunting camps like no other, thanks to special mentored hunts held last weekend by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at two conservation education centers owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.The hunts, one at Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook’s Lake in Casscoe and the other at Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek in Yellville, were part of the AGFC’s continued...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Wildlife Service, Marilyn, Meeker, Fish Commission, Hunting News, Hunter Education, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Youth Hunting, Hafner, Crooked Creek, Ralph Meeker, Fred Berry Conservation Education Center, USA Ammoland com Seventeen


Life-Saving Christmas Gift Ideas for Hunters

Life-Saving Christmas Gift Ideas for Hunters USA -(Ammoland.com)- A colleague once received a pair of jumper cables from his father-in-law for Christmas. The only response he could give was, “Thanks, I hope I never need them.”They may not have had the charm of a new set of golf clubs, but those jumper cables have bailed him out of more serious trouble than any sand wedge. Life jackets and safety harnesses fall into that category of unexciting gifts, but they may be the only things under the tr...
Tags: Guns, Christmas, Arkansas, Hinson, Huggins, Shooting Industry News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Joe Huggins, National Bowhunter Education Foundation, Alex Hinson


Arkansas Samples Reveal Seventy New Cases of CWD

Arkansas Samples Reveal Seventy New Cases of CWD USA -(Ammoland.com)- Seventy new cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Arkansas since deer season opened in September, according to samples collected by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists, taxidermists and veterinarians.Although the number of positive cases is high, no samples from new areas of the state have been found so far. The disease has been found in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope and Searcy counties...
Tags: Guns, Colorado, Arkansas, Norway, Gray, 288, Centers for Disease Control, Searcy, Arkansas Game, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Chronic Wasting Disease, Canada South Korea, Cory Gray, Arkansas Samples Reveal Seventy New Cases of CWD


Arkansas Waterfowl Deaths Linked to Avian Cholera

Arkansas Waterfowl USA -(Ammoland.com)- During the last four weeks, waterfowl have been reported dead at seven localized areas in northeast and east central Arkansas. Four of these incidents included white-fronted geese (specklebellies) and a small number of dabbling ducks.Three other incidents have included mostly snow geese. Tests are still pending for some birds found dead, but test results from the first case indicated those birds died from avian cholera.Dr. Jennifer Ballard, state wildlif...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Ross, Ballard, Arkansas State, Fish Commission, Natural State, Hunting News, Waterfowl, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Arkansas Waterfowl USA Ammoland, Arkansas Waterfowl Deaths Linked, Jennifer Ballard, Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, Brandon Doss


Talk or Text, AGFC Urges Hunters Just to Turn Poachers In

Hunter USA -(Ammoland.com)- Since the passage of Amendment 75, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has made it a priority to increase the amount of enforcement in every county of The Natural State.Each county has at least two officers assigned to patrol its woods and waters, and officers work together to target heavily used areas during certain times of the year. But with all these added men and women, the AGFC has only 180 wildlife officers when at full staff.With only 180 wildlife officers...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Poaching, Parker, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Hunter USA Ammoland, Maj Jason Parker


Weather Conditions Hamper Ducks; Numbers of Geese Observed

Arkansas Waterfowl USA -(Ammoland.com)- Ducks were prevalent in typical November numbers in areas that had water, particularly the artificially flooded private lands, but observers noted incredible numbers of geese throughout south-central Arkansas in the first week of state's waterfowl season.Luke Naylor, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's waterfowl program coordinator, said, “It was the typical story for this time of year. There were some ducks around, but overall it was pretty slim. Ev...
Tags: National Weather Service, Texas, Guns, Turkey, Dave, Arkansas, Henry Moore, Charles, Ross, Manila, Arkansas River, Mississippi River, Bobby, Simmons, Pierce, Millet


AGFC Reminds Hunters to be Cautious While on the Water

Arkansas Waterfowl Hunters USA -(Ammoland.com)- Along with extreme wind and dry conditions throughout most of the state, this year’s opening weekend of waterfowl season was marked by many boating accidents and near misses, including two tragic fatalities: one on Bald Knob Lake and the other on the Arkansas River.“The last thing a wildlife officer wants to do is notify someone’s family of these accidents,” said Capt. Stephanie Weatherington, boating law administrator for the Arkansas Game and F...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Arkansas River, Coast Guard, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Waterfowl Hunting, Stephanie Weatherington, Weatherington, Arkansas Waterfowl Hunters USA Ammoland, Bald Knob Lake, Capt Weatherington


Wildlife Officers Participate in Joint Missing Persons Training

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Officers USA -(Ammoland.com)- It may have been only a drill, but the missing person scenario officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission participated in last week may one day be the difference between life and death.Wildlife officers joined members of the Arkansas State Police, FBI, the Arkansas Department of Correction, Independence County Sheriff’s Office and 10 other local agencies in a staged child abduction exercise to give a realistic example of ...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, Arkansas, Pearce, Arkansas State Police, Fish Commission, Child Abduction Response Team, Conservation News, USA Ammoland, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Wildlife Officers, Arkansas State Police FBI, Capt Shad Pearce


Lease Arkansas Hunting Land Without The High Price

Arkansas Hunters USA -(Ammoland.com)- Arkansas hunters have more than 3 million acres of publically accessible land to enjoy hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. More than a quarter of a million acres of that is privately held timber company land, available thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Leased Land Program.The AGFC works to purchase land or permanent hunting easements on land throughout the state whenever it has the opportunity and the land fits in with what can be manag...
Tags: Google, Guns, Arkansas, Hunting, Howard, Ashley, Van Buren, Clark County, WMA, Cherokee, Fish Commission, Cleburne County, Sevier County, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC


AGFC Partners with Taxidermists, Vets to Offer Voluntary CWD Testing

AGFC Partners with Taxidermists, Vets to Offer Voluntary CWD Testing USA -(Ammoland.com)- Since chronic wasting disease was discovered in Arkansas in February 2016, biologists have collected thousands of samples from deer and elk taken by hunters, from targeted animals showing signs of the disease and from road-killed deer throughout the state.In addition to samples taken to establish the disease’s spread and prevalence, the AGFC is offering a convenient way for hunters to have their deer test...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Commission, Gray, Hunting News, USA Ammoland, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Chronic Wasting Disease, Cory Gray, Research Evaluation and Compliance Division, Jenn Ballard, AGFC Partners, AGFC Biologists


Arkansas Antlerless Hunt Offers Head Start to Deer Season

Arkansas Antlerless Deer USA -(Ammoland.com)- With shorter days and football season in full swing, many Arkansas hunters are starting to get the itch to enjoy a quiet morning in the woods, waiting on a deer to show at their favorite hunting spot.Hunters who can’t stand the wait until modern gun season opens have a great opportunity to get out and get some meat in the freezer during Arkansas’s private land antlerless deer hunt, which runs from Oct. 14-18.During the hunt, only antlerless deer ma...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Meeker, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Brad Carner, Hunting Seasons, Ralph Meeker, Carner, Antlerless Deer, Arkansas Antlerless Deer USA Ammoland


Hunters Reminded to Check Tree Stands, Harnesses Before Hunting

Arkansas Hunter USA -(Ammoland.com)- Twenty feet doesn’t sound like a terribly high point to fall from in the case of an accident, but that’s the height at which many fatal tree stand falls occur. Many more falls from that height result in paralysis and broken bones each year as well.Joe Huggins, hunter education coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, says distance of the fall only plays a part in the severity of an injury.“What you land on and how you land can cause an injury ...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Hunting, Huggins, Fish Commission, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Arkansas Hunter USA Ammoland, Joe Huggins


Arkansas Bear Survey Includes Opportunity for Public Participation

Arkansas Bear Survey Includes Opportunity for Public Participation USA -(Ammoland.com)- Just about every hunting camp in bear territory has a tale or two to tell about a mischievous bruin finding its way into their feeder or trash bins.Over the years, those stories have expanded from the Ozark and Ouachita mountains into the southern half of the state, prompting Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists to keep a watchful eye on growing bear populations throughout Arkansas.As part of this e...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Myron, Hunting News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Game Surveys, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Ouachita Mountains, Bear Management, Monticello Regional Office, Arkansas Bear, Arkansas Bear Survey


Monarch Butterflies, Other Pollinators Focus on Arkansas Summit

Monarch Butterflies, Other Pollinators Focus on Arkansas Summit USA -(Ammoland.com)- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will join its partners in the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership to attend the 2017 Monarch and Pollinator Summit, held Oct. 12 at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.Populations of the monarch butterfly have declined significantly in the past several years, and the species is currently under consideration for federal listing under the Endangered Species ...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Monarch Butterfly, Pulaski Technical College, Conservation News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Arkansas Summit, Arkansas Summit USA Ammoland, North Little Rock Populations, Allison Fowler, Wildlife Diversity Program, Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership, AMCP


Improve Arkansas Quail Habitat with a Wave of the Magic Wand

Improve Arkansas Quail Habitat with a Wave of the Magic Wand USA -(Ammoland.com)- It may not be magical, but a spraying wand and applicator is one of the best and least labor-intensive tools a landowner can use to improve their property for quail.Ryan Diener, senior Farm Bill biologist with Quail Forever, one of the AGFC’s main partners in the restoration of northern bobwhite in Arkansas, says spraying non-native cool season grasses in the fall is one of the best practices a landowner can do t...
Tags: Guns, Arkansas, Mother Nature, Magic Wand, Shooting Industry News, Quail, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Diener, Ryan Diener, Arkansas Quail Habitat, Magic Wand USA Ammoland


Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas USA -(Ammoland.com)- In addition to the opening of the statewide archery deer season, Sept. 23 marks National Hunting and Fishing Day, a special day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in conserving America’s wildlife and wild places.Join the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as we celebrate the true heroes of North America’s conservation story – hunters and anglers whose license fees and taxes pay for conservation work t...
Tags: Guns, America, Arkansas, North America, Mike Huckabee, Hunter, Lowe, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Newcomb, Maynard, Chad Lowe, Conservation News, National Archery, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission


AGFC Wildlife Officers Help Florida Deal Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Hurricane Irma LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- For the second time in as many weeks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers have been asked to help with hurricane search and rescue. Later today, 28 AGFC wildlife officers will head to Florida to assist the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.Just over a week ago, 28 officers were deployed to the Texas gulf coast to help with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Several officers leaving on Saturday are the same officers th...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Guns, Arkansas, Tallahassee, Rae, Conservation News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, AGFC Wildlife Officers Help Florida Deal, Havana Florida, AGFC Enforcement Col, Greg Rae, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management ADEM


Spinning-Wing Decoys Not Allowed for Hunting on Arkansas Owned Lakes

Arkansas Waterfowl USA -(Ammoland.com)- Teal season opens Sept. 15 in Arkansas, and for the first time since 2008, teal hunters on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission-owned wildlife management areas and AGFC-owned lakes will not be allowed to use spinning-wing, or motion decoys to attract teal during the special early hunt or ducks during the special youth waterfowl hunt.The effectiveness and ethics of using spinning-wing and electronic waterfowl decoys have been debated since they first began d...
Tags: Guns, Dave, Arkansas, Conservation News, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AGFC, Waterfowl Hunting, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Decoys, Bayou Meto WMA, Steven Fowler, Arkansas Owned Lakes, Arkansas Waterfowl USA Ammoland, ducks Research, Donaldson Black River WMA