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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

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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.

 

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked with the AGFC and local anglers to place new habitat in Greers Ferry Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked with the AGFC and local anglers to place new habitat in Greers Ferry Lake.

The AGFC worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a small habitat project on Greers Ferry Lake over winter. An expansion at Eden Isle’s parking area left many large stumps and rood wads to be discarded. Instead of burning or grinding them, the Corps loaded the wads on the AGFC Habitat Barge to be placed in the lake for fish attractors and cover. The GPS coordinates to these stumps, as well as all AGFC fish attractors, are available on the AGFC Interactive Map. Click http://gis.agfc.com/ to see more.

Controlled burn at Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain WMA

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s private lands biologists have scheduled a series of free workshops offered to teach landowners the proper and safe use of prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat.

Throughout history, humans have used fire to shape their landscape, including upland forests and fields in Arkansas that have a long history with fire. Fire is still a driving force in the state’s landscape. Fire improves habitat for wildlife by encouraging germination of beneficial plants, controlling undesirable plants, reducing wildfire danger, and opening forests to allow growth of grasses and forbs in the understory.

According to AGFC Central Arkansas Regional Private Land Biologist Clint Johnson, wildlife species such as deer, turkey, quail, and a host of nongame species benefit from and thrive on habitats maintained by fire. “Fire is the most cost effective method for restoring and maintaining upland habitats and many landowners are already using this valuable tool in Arkansas. Properly managed habitat using the proper burning methods can increase available high quality food and cover for game animals twice that of planting food plots and at much-reduced cost,”, Johnson says.

We strongly believe in the benefits properly-used fire can have on our wildlife and want to train landowners in its use, Johnson noted. “These workshops are available to all who are interested in learning about using prescribed fire on private property. The purpose of the workshops is to educate participants about the benefits and mechanics of prescribed burning, allow them to communicate with and hire professionals to burn their property, and/or begin the training process for landowners to conduct burning themselves,” he explained. “We will cover planning, firing strategy and equipment, fire weather, proper safety considerations, Arkansas fire laws and more to give landowners the tools they need to use fire on small burn units on their property. We will also have a demonstration of a prescribed burn by AGFC personnel, weather permitting.”

To enroll in one of the free workshops, simply use the links below up to a week before each event. The links will provide specific times, directions and other information. Seating is limited and landowners much register to attend. For more information, contact Clint Johnson at: clint.johnson@agfc.ar.gov or 877-470-3650. These workshops have been made possible through partnerships with Arkansas Forestry Association, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Desoto Boy Scout Camp
319 Camp Desoto Rd, Junction City
http://junctioncityburnclass.eventbrite.com

Thursday, Feb. 19
Marmaduke Housing Authority
957 West Lillian, Marmaduke
http://marmadukeburnclass.eventbrite.com

Saturday, March 21
U of A Research Station
362 Hwy 174 N, Hope
http://hopeburnclass.eventbrite.com

Saturday, March 28
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith
https://fortsmithburnclass.eventbrite.com

Saturday, March 28
Wylie Cox Clubhouse on Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA
349 Lake Loop, Hattieville
https://morriltonburnclass.eventbrite.com

Click to apply for Arkansas WMA Turkey Hunting Permit.

The first drawing of WMA turkey hunting permits is complete. Click here to check your status and pay by Feb. 9.

The first WMA turkey hunt permit draw is complete. Applicants can visit https://www.ark.org/agfc/permitting/status.php to check their draw status and pay for permits.

Anglers who drew have until February 9 to pay the $10 processing fee to obtain their permit. After that, all unclaimed permits will be placed back in the pool, and a second drawing will be held for those applicants who did not draw during the first round. Unclaimed permits from that round of drawings will be placed in a first-come, first-served online sale March 23.

Stolen boat prop recovered from Bayou Meto theft. AGFC image.

Stolen boat prop recovered from Bayou Meto theft. AGFC image.

A boat prop stolen from a duck hunter near Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area has been recovered. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Arkansas Wildlife Officer Lt. Brad Young investigated the theft and found the stolen prop one day after receiving a tip.
On Dec. 28, the boat was tied up near the Bill Bridgeforth Long Pond Access where the prop was stolen. The owner of the boat told Young that the person responsible for stealing the prop left behind a washer required to make the prop functional. “The following day I learned from a confidential source that a person was looking for a washer for a boat prop,” Young explained.
Young followed up on the information and discovered that Austin Heflen, 23, of Rison, had stolen the prop. Heflen was taken to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office where he admitted to the crime. Heflen was charged with theft of property.

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