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Public meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss CWD and proposed regulations to combat the disease.

Public meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss CWD and proposed regulations to combat the disease.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists plan to deliver information about chronic wasting disease and proposed regulations changes to combat its spread at meetings throughout the state, beginning Thursday. All regulations proposals will be voted on at the June 16 Commission meeting.

In addition to 11 public meetings scheduled throughout the state on May 24 and 26, a special public meeting will be held Thursday, May 19, in Jasper to discuss the proposed regulations.

The AGFC also will host a special show on the Arkansas Education Television Network at 8 p.m., Monday, May 23. The show will include a panel of experts from the AGFC, Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Viewers may submit comments and questions via phone at 1-800-662-2386, email at paffairs@aetn.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

CWD is a fatal disease that affects only deer, elk and other cervids. AGFC photo.

CWD is a fatal disease that affects only deer, elk and other cervids. AGFC photo.

The discovery of chronic wasting disease has been the hot topic in the Arkansas deer-hunting community since it was first found in the northwest portion of the state. Many questions about how deer and elk hunting in Arkansas will be affected have been asked, and many answers are left to be determined.

“The first step in our response was to gauge how prevalent the disease was in Arkansas,” said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator for the AGFC. “Then we took on statewide sampling to find out how far the disease has spread. Now we’re ready to begin taking measures to combat the spread of the disease.”

Gray and the rest of the AGFC’s deer team have worked tirelessly since CWD was first reported in the state to gather as much information as possible from other states who have dealt with the disease.

“This doesn’t mean the end of deer hunting in Arkansas, and it’s not a panic-button situation, but it is serious and will change how we can manage our deer herd,” Gray said.

According to Gray, the ongoing statewide roadkill survey has identified CWD-positive deer in five counties: Newton, Boone, Madison, Pope and Carroll.

“The most recent addition was a deer found dead slightly over the border in Carroll County,” Gray said.

Through all phases of testing, 89 total animals have been found with CWD in Arkansas, 85 deer and four elk.

PUBLIC MEETING LOCATIONS

May 24, 6-8 p.m.

Nettleton Public School
Nettleton Performing Arts Center
4201 Chieftan Lane
Jonesboro

University of Arkansas at Monticello
Fine Arts Center
University Drive
Monticello

National Park College
Fredrick Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences
Eisele Auditorium
101 College Drive
Hot Springs

Arkansas Tech University
Doc Bryan Student Services Center
1605 Coliseum Drive
Lecture Hall
Russellville

University of Arkansas
Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center
1335 West Knapp
Fayetteville

AGFC Headquarters
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock
May 26, 6-8 p.m.
Camden Fairview High School
Little Theater Auditorium
1750 Cash Road
Camden

Brinkley Convention Center
1501 Weatherby Drive
Brinkley

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
8300 Wells Lake Road
Fort Smith

Hope Fair Park Community Center
800 South Mockingbird Lane
Hope

Mountain Home High School
Dunbar Auditorium
500 Bomber Boulevard
Mountain Home

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Changes to Arkansas's fishing regulations have been proposed for public comment. Click the image to take the survey.

Changes to Arkansas’s fishing regulations have been proposed for public comment. Click the image to take the survey.

 

The Fisheries Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently announced their proposed changes to fishing regulations to take effect Jan. 1, 2015. These proposals are open for public comment until June 8, 2014. They will then be reviewed, amended and submitted to the Commission in its June Commission meeting, and voted on during the Commission’s July meeting.

Topics for consideration include:

  • Adding a 10-inch minimum length for crappie on Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
  • Replacing the 20/30 crappie daily limit map with a statewide 30-crappie daily limit (except on certain waters)
  • Replacing the 13-inch to 16-inch slot limit on largemouth bass in DeGray Lake with a 13-inch minimum length limit.
  • Reducing the daily limit on black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted combined) from 10 to 6 on DeGray Lake.

To review all proposals and the reasoning behind them, and to make a comment on each, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015FishRegs

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People who missed the AGFC's public meetings on Jan. 29 can still offer their comments online.

People who missed the AGFC’s public meetings on Jan. 29 can still offer their comments online.

The annual public meetings concerning the state’s hunting seasons have passed, but there’s still time to send any comments or concerns to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Just visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013-14HuntRegsComments to take a quick online survey.

The following considerations are being surveyed for the 2013-14 season:

  • Change the checking time from 24 to 12 hours for bear, deer and turkey.
  • All cervid carcasses entering the state must follow cervid carcass importation restrictions.  This will include all states, Canadian provinces and countries not currently listed in the code.
  • Implement 12-inch inside spread or 15-inch main beam length antler restriction on Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc, Hope Upland, McIlroy Madison County, Scott Henderson Gulf Mountain and Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMAs.
  • Implement 15-inch inside spread or 18-inch main beam length antler restriction on Dave Donaldson Black River WMA.
  • Change the WMA deer permit process from two drawings to one and extend the payment period from two to four weeks. Permits not paid for will be available for purchase online.
  • Include deer zone 3 in the private lands antlerless only modern gun deer hunt.
  • Modify boundaries of deer zones 11 and 13.
  • Allow the harvest of one doe in deer zone 11 for the entire muzzleloader and modern gun seasons.
  • Prohibit mentors from carrying firearms for their hunting purposes during any youth hunt.
  • Re-instate the bear quota for zone 2 of 150 (125 for October and 25 for November).
  • Move the opening day of bear archery season in bear zone 2 from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1.
  • Allow squirrel hunting with dogs except for the first nine days of modern gun deer season on Ozark National Forest, Piney Creeks and White Rock WMAs.

Written comments also may be mailed by Feb. 28 to the AGFC, Attn: Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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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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Public meetings for the 2012-2013 Arkansas Waterfowl Season will be held around the state on June 5.

Hunters can voice their opinions about the upcoming Arkansas waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons at one of eight public meetings to be held around the state on Tuesday, June 5.

These meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s hunting regulation setting process. They will be held to give hunters and other interested parties the opportunity to make comments on the 2012-13 waterfowl hunting seasons. The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Comments may be either verbal or written. Written comments may be submitted at one of the meetings or mailed to the AGFC, attn: Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, Ark. 72205. They can also be emailed to information@agfc.state.ar.us. The deadline for comments is July 31. Meeting sites, locations and phone numbers are:

Corning

M.B. Ainley Jr. Community Center
536 E. Elm Street
877-972-5438

Fayetteville

Ozark Electric Cooperative Corp.
3641 Wedington Drive
479-253-2506

Jonesboro

St. Bernards Auditorium
505 E. Washington
877-972-5438 

Little Rock

AGFC Office
2 Natural Resources Drive
800-364-4263

Monticello

AGFC Regional Office
771 Jordan Drive
877-367-3559

Osceola

Chamber of Commerce
116 North Maple Street
877-972-5438

Perrytown

AGFC Regional Office
7004 Highway 67 East
877-777-5580

Russellville

AGFC Regional Office
1266 Lock and Dam Road
877-967-7577

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Click the image to download a free copy of the 2011-12 Hunting Guidebook.

Click the image to download a free copy of the 2011-12 Hunting Guidebook.

When you are getting ready for the hunt, a small but potentially important item in your gear should be the 2011-12 Hunting Guidebook of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
This is the interpretive summary of the AGFC’s hunting regulations. It also has things like forms for permission to hunt on private lake, forms for giving your game to someone else, deer tags and much more.
During deer season, don’t forget to use the AGFC’s Telecheck system to check your game. The new number is 866-305-0808 and is toll-free. Call it from anywhere when you are ready to check your game.
If you are an over-65 hunter, a 3-year disabled license hunter or a younger-than-16 hunter, write this number down and keep it in your billfold. The number is in the AGFC’s Hunting Guidebook and is also on the game tags in the Guidebook. For others with wildlife conservation licenses or sportsmen’s licenses, the number also can be found on hunting license tags.
Game-checking can be done three ways – the call to 866-305-0808 or online at www.agfc.com or the AGFC’s iPhone application. When you’ve finished checking your game, you’ll be given a check number that must be recorded on the license. So make sure you have a pen ready.
Take a guidebook along. They are free and available all over the state. One in your pocket, backpack or vehicle could come in handy.

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Hunters will have a chance to voice concerns and opinions at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 6, at Corning's M.B. Ainley Community Center.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting on Sept. 6 to discuss the upcoming waterfowl season, Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area seasonal flooding and recent changes in the practice of public maintenance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Corning’s M.B. Ainley Community Center.
In the past, sportsmen were allowed to perform maintenance on public duck blinds and existing waterfowl holes on three WMAs, including Dave Donaldson Black River WMA, in northeastern Arkansas. Due to past violations, that routine will no longer be allowed by the AGFC. Violations have included the illegal use of herbicides and excessive clearing of existing waterfowl openings.
Another concern is the possible degradation of habitat by ATVs due to flooding this spring and summer. Enforcement officers will be monitoring all state-owned waterfowl areas to ensure compliance.

 

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