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Text a TIP

Got a tip on a poacher? Text TIP411.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is offering a new way to anonymously report outdoor-related violations to the agency’s Enforcement Division agents. It’s called tip411 and is as simple as sending a text message.

CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before the AGFC receives the text so that the AGFC cannot identify the sender. To send the anonymous tip via text message to the AGFC, text AGFC with the tip to tip411 (847411). You will then receive a thank you text acknowledging that the text has been received.

According to AGFC Assistant Chief of Enforcement Todd Smith, the system is a completely anonymous way for people to report violations via text messaging.

“Our dispatch center will be monitoring all incoming texts 24 hours, 7 days a week,” Smith said. “We will respond to the reporting person, gather required information, then pass it on to the appropriate officer,” he explained.

With the increase in technology along with the way our society communicates these days, this venture should open the door for those who would not have called in a violation, Smith said. “There are many other agencies across the country that have initiated this way of communicating with law enforcement,” he added.

An iPhone app is also under development and will be available soon. Citizens all may anonymously report tips by calling 800-482-9262.

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Landowners and agricultural producers interested in cost-share programs are invited to attend the Southeast Arkansas Agriculture and Wildlife Workshop in Lake Village. The workshop will deal with wildlife habitat, cover crops, water management and conservation practices that retain agricultural productivity.
Natural resource professionals with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss wetland management, quail management, agricultural programs unique to the area, and other conservation programs offering financial incentives.
Michael Budd with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program says the workshop is being held in hopes of creating more wildlife habitat, better management of existing habitat, create new habitat and to improve water quality. “We also want landowners to know what cost-share programs are available to them, how and why to enroll, and what they can expect long-term,” Budd said. “This is a great opportunity for landowners to meet the conservation professionals in the area who provide funding, technical assistance, and who can help landowners through each step of the process” he added.
According to David Long, Private Lands Coordinator with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, many times farmers have croplands and other lands that are hard to farm or are low in productivity that they would like to figure out other income sources for these low yielding agricultural lands. “Most are not aware of the many state, federal and private programs that provide significant financial incentives and income opportunities to improve or create wildlife habitat on private property,” Long explained. “In addition, program changes occur regularly that normally result in better benefits for landowners and place new practices in the toolbox. Our workshop will cover all the programs available to assist landowners in conservation practices to improve fish and wildlife habitat and show them the money to improve their farm operations and many times increase cash flow.”
Salt intrusion in catfish ponds is causing production problems for many farmers, Long noted. “Many are looking at and enrolling in income producing programs such as found in the Wetland Reserve Program (pays up to $1,500 per acre for conservation easements and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program which pays yearly rental payments (up to 15 years), $100 per acre up-front payments and other incentives. These programs will be covered in detail at the Feb. 1 workshop in Lake Village,” he said.
The workshop will be held on Feb. 1 at the Lake Village Fire Station #2, starting at 10 a.m. A free lunch will be provided following the session. For more information, and to RSVP by Jan. 25 to secure a seat and the lunch, please contact Sheila Pieroni at the Chicot County Conservation District at 870-265-5312, ext. 3.

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Hunters will have a chance to voice concerns and opinions 7-9 p.m., Jan. 31.

Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process for setting hunting and fishing regulations. The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual hunting-regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2012-13 hunting seasons. The meetings will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 31, at the following locations:

  • Calico Rock, AGFC Regional Office, 1125 Highway 56, 877-297-4331
  • Fayetteville, Ozark Electric Cooperative Corporation, 3641 Wedington Drive, 866-253-2506
  • Hope, AGFC Regional Office, 7004 Highway 67 East, Perrytown, 877-777-5580
  • Jonesboro, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, 600 East Lawson Road, 877-972-5438
  • Little Rock, AGFC Central Office, 2 Natural Resources Drive, 800-364-4263
  • Monticello, AGFC Regional Office, 771 Jordan Drive, 877-367-3559
  • Mount Ida, Montgomery County Courthouse, 105 Highway 270 East, 877-478-1043
  • Russellville, AGFC Regional Office, 1266 Lock and Dam Road, 877-967-7577

Written comments may be submitted at any of the meetings or mailed by Feb. 28 to the AGFC, attn: Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. There will be a brief presentation starting at 7 p.m. followed by oral comments from the public. After the meeting, AGFC personnel will be available to answer questions.

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Old Christmas trees are ideal cover for many species of gamefish. AGFC photo.

Ask any Arkansas fisherman and you’ll get a multitude of answers about how they feel when it comes to underwater structure. Anglers may curse those logs and branches that snag their brand new lures, but they know that structure is key to a successful outing.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that those leftover Christmas trees be used to help improve the state’s fisheries by dropping the trees off at several sites around the state. AGFC community fisheries biologist Clifton Jackson says that studies have shown that fish utilize underwater structure for cover. “These trees are some of the best natural forms of underwater structure. Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish will often use the tress to hide in and around,” Jackson said.

The Christmas trees provide cheap, but quality underwater structures. They are easy to place in ponds and lakes, and they last for several years, Jackson said. “More importantly, their limbs offer something to fish of all shapes and sizes,” he explained. The Christmas tree drop-off is underway and will run through Jan. 23. Retail stores may also recycle any unsold trees at these locations.

Trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Lake Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area
  • Lake Chicot – Connerly Bayou Access Area
  • Camden – AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane, Bragg Lake and Upper Jack’s Landing on Upper White Oak Lake
  • Bragg Lake – Boat ramp
  • Upper White Oak Lake – Upper Jack’s Landing
  • Magnolia – Columbia County Road Dept Yard on Highway 371
  • El Dorado – City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby’s and one on South Jackson
  • Smackover – recycling drop-off center (these will be transported to El Dorado)
  • Millwood Lake – Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point
  • Dierks Lake – Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area
  • DeQueen Lake – Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp
  • Gillham Lake – Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp
  • Lake Greeson – New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek recreation areas
  • Arkansas River – Alltel Access underneath the I-30 Bridge
  • Lake Pickthorne – Near the boat ramp
  • Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton)
  • Dardanelle Lake – Dwight Mission Access, Highway 64/Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough Access
  • Jack Nolen Lake – Largest access ramp on rip-rap near ramp
  • Sugar Loaf Lake – Sugar Loaf Access Area near ramps
  • Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access
  • Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access
  • Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing
  • Lake Barnett – Reed Access
  • Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp
  • Lake Elmdale – Boat Ramp Access
  • Bob Kidd Lake – Boat Ramp Access
  • Crystal Lake – Boat Ramp Access

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