Photo courtesy Dan Scheiman, Audubon Arkansas.

Photo courtesy Dan Scheiman, Audubon Arkansas.


A bird never before seen in Arkansas was found helpless near Oil Trough in Independence County. It was captured and taken to a rehabilitation center for treatment.

The crested caracara is a large raptor that lives in Mexico, southern Texas, Arizona, the southern tip of Florida, Cuba and South America. It is kind to vultures and feeds on carrion as well as some live small animals.

Dan Scheiman of the Arkansas Audubon Society said the bird found near Oil Trough is the first on record for Arkansas. It was on land of Craig Shirley.

Wildlife officer Roger Tate with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and volunteer birders were able to capture the crested caracara which appeared emaciated and with a possible eye injury. It was taken to Raptor Rehabilitation of Central Arkansas at El Paso for treatment.

crested caracara

Hunting traditions have historically been passed down through families, but as the modern family evolves, bridging the gap between veteran and beginning hunter has become a challenge for all conservation agencies. Through its youth turkey camp, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission introduces young people to turkey hunting at its annual youth turkey camp in the Ouachita National Forest.

Click the image to find up-to-date turkey harvest information.

Click the image to find up-to-date turkey harvest information.

During the 2015 Arkansas Youth Turkey Hunt, hunters under 16 bagged and checked 1,280 birds in two days. Since then, adult turkey hunters have been hitting the woods hard for their chance at a trophy tom. Want to know how many turkeys have been checked so far? Just click below for a real-time link to the 2015 turkey harvest reports.

Click here for 2015 Harvest Totals

ALERT: Black bear research in southern Arkansas

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s YouTube channel has a variety of interesting and informative videos. The channel is a way for people to connect with the state’s abundant outdoor opportunities.

The latest video features Arkansas’s black bear population and its expansion into southern Arkansas’s Gulf Coastal Plain. Join AGFC biologists as they perform a bear den survey on one of the first radio-collared bears in this part of The Natural State.

On the AGFC’s YouTube channel, you’ll also find everything from interviews with first time deer hunters, to tailwater trout fishing, to elk viewing in the Boxley Valley, to Mississippi River catfishing as well as the agency’s 100th anniversary tribute “A Century of Conservation.”

Just visit the agency’s YouTube channel and subscribe, so you’re notified whenever a new video is posted.

You’ll also be able to find out about each video as they’re published through AGFC social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. There are several new videos in the works, so don’t forget to keep an eye on all social media outlets for the latest episode.

Click here to visit the AGFC YouTube Channel and subscribe.


Tagged catfish are in Family and Community Fishing Program Ponds across the state. Click here for a list of stocking locations.

Tagged catfish are in Family and Community Fishing Program Ponds across the state. Click here for a list of stocking locations.

The AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program has released hundreds of tagged catfish in program ponds across the state. Each person who catches a tagged fish will receive a prize package and be eligible for a grand prize drawing in July. This year’s grand prize, donated by Pure Fishing and Shakespeare, is a fishing prize package valued at over $500. Mail your tag, along with a piece of paper including your name, address, telephone number, where and when the fish was caught, to:

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Family and Community Fishing Program
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Tag returns must be postmarked by July 2, 2015. Only one entry is allowed per person. Visit http://www.agfc.com or call 866-540-FISH (3474) for more information on stocking locations.

Click here to apply beginning 8 a.m., March 23.

Click here to apply beginning 8 a.m., March 23.

Leftover WMA Turkey Hunt Permits go on sale beginning 8 a.m., Monday, March 23. This year we are implementing a special queue system to help prevent crashes and overloads from increased web traffic. When you click to enter the permit process, you will receive a brief explanation of the queue and how it works. When you click to proceed from that page, you will be “in line” with an indicator of how many people are in front of you. When it’s your turn, you will have 10 minutes to choose a permit and complete your purchase. After 10 minutes your place in line cannot be guaranteed.
If you wish to buy additional permits, you must go back through the queue. This is to ensure as many people as possible have a chance to get a leftover permit.
the list of leftover permits is available at http://www.agfc.com/lic…/Documents/LeftoverTurkeyPermits.pdf
The queue will begin at 8 a.m., Wednesday morning at the following link: http://static.ark.org/agfc/permitting.html


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking the public to provide feedback on the state’s wildlife regulations. Any comments or concerns can be provided by going to the Regulation Survey to take a quick online survey.
The following considerations are being surveyed for the 2014-15 season:

  • Move the bear archery season opening day to the last Saturday in September to coincide with opening day of deer archery season.
  • Split the modern gun bear season in bear zones 1 and 2 to coincide with modern gun deer seasons.
  • Increase the bear zone 1 quota from 200 to 250 bears.
  • Provide youth only dates during public and private land elk hunts.
  • Prohibit the use or possession of alcohol on Commission-controlled Wildlife Management Areas. (An exception will remain in place to allow campers to possess and consume alcohol in designated campsites).
  • Extend the Black River Flood Prone Zone to the Missouri state line.
  • Extend archery deer season through Jan. 31 on Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA East Unit.
  • Move muzzleloader deer season from October to January on Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA East Unit.
  • Change the boundary lines of White Rock, Piney Creek, Ozark National Forest, Lee Creek, Magazine and Sylamore WMAs and make the boundaries readily available via AGFC’s interactive online map.

Click here to take the survey

Written comments may be mailed by March 1 to the AGFC, Attn: Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.




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