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Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process for setting hunting and fishing regulations. Meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual hunting-regulations process, providing hunters with the opportunity to make comments and proposals on the 2013-14 hunting seasons. The meetings will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 29, at the following locations:

  • Calico Rock AGFC Regional Office, 1125 Highway 56, Calico Rock, 877-297-4331
  • Fayetteville Ozark Electric Cooperative Corporation,  3641 Wedington Drive, Fayetteville,  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, Jonesboro,  877-972-5438
  • Little Rock AGFC Central Office 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock,  800-364-4263
  • Monticello AGFC Regional Office 771 Jordan Drive, Monticello,  877-367-3559
  • Mount Ida Montgomery County Courthouse 105 Highway 270 East, Mt. Ida,  877-478-1043
  • Russellville AGFC Regional Office 1266 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, 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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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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