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Tagged catfish will be added to this spring's stockings at Family and Community Fishing Ponds across Arkansas.

Tagged catfish will be added to this spring’s stockings at Family and Community Fishing Ponds across Arkansas.

Tagged catfish stocked across the state
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program is continuing their efforts to get families involved in fishing with a tagged catfish campaign. Thousands of channel catfish from the AGFC’s warm-water hatchery facilities are currently being stocked at several locations around the state.
Each of Arkansas’s Family and Community Fishing Program catfish stocking locations have 10 catfish tagged with special Family and Community tags. Anyone that catches a tagged fish will receive prizes. Winners also will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a canoe, two life jackets and paddles. Second prize will be a catfish rod and reel, tackle box loaded with catfishing gear and an assortment of fishing tools. Third prize will be a tackle box with fishing gear and fishing tools.
Family and Community Fisheries Program Coordinator Ben Batten said a similar effort was first organized during spring break of 2012 and was a huge success. “This is the third year for this promotion, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. The chance at a canoe certainly takes it up a notch,” he noted.
A new canoe will significantly enhance angling opportunities at many of the small to medium-sized lakes, which are rather prevalent near several cities.
Anyone catching a tagged fish from Family and Community locations should send the tags to the AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205. Include your name, address, phone number, location and date of catch. Only one entry per person. Tag returns must be postmarked by July 3, 2014. Incomplete or illegible information will not be accepted. For more information on the Family and Community Fishing Program, go to http://www.agfc.com/familyfishing.
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Winter trout stockings will begin Nov. 18. Click the image for locations.

Winter trout stockings will begin Nov. 18. Click the image for locations.

The AGFC Fisheries Division will stock all Family and Community Fishing Program trout locations around the state between Nov. 18-22, just in time for a Thanksgiving weekend trip to the pond. Check the following link for trout stocking locations: http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsFCFStock.aspx

Each location will also receive some trout with fluorescent pink tags. Anyone catching a tagged fish should keep the fish and call the number on the tag for directions on how to turn their tag in for a special prize from the AGFC.

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Don't forget to tag that trophy this weekend.

Don’t forget to tag that trophy this weekend.

What is the one piece of equipment more hunters will forget this opening weekend than any other? It’s not their rifle, treestand, safety harness or hunter orange, but it’s just as important for hunters who successfully score a deer.

It’s an ink pen.

According to Arkansas law, all deer must be tagged with a deer tag provided on the hunter’s license, and that tag must be completed legibly in ink and attached to the ear or antler of the deer BEFORE you move the animal. Not when you get it to the truck or after you’ve field dressed it.

Also be sure to check-in your harvest within 24 hours of harvest by using the AGFC app, website or Telecheck number (1-866-305-0808). After you check the deer, you’ll be given an check number to put on the tag as well.

If you quarter the deer in the woods or at camp or otherwise remove the head, the tag stays with the head and you need to make duplicate tags (called carcass identification tags on Page 28 of the 2013-14 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook) to identify all other portions of your deer while bringing it to the processor or your home.

Good luck out there this weekend. Everyone at the AGFC wishes you a safe, successful deer hunting season. Bring a pen and don’t forget to write.

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25 applicants were chosen for the 2013 Arkansas Public Land Elk Hunts.

25 applicants were chosen for the 2013 Arkansas Public Land Elk Hunts.

For 25 lucky hunters, the highlight of the Buffalo River Elk Festival was the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s drawing for public land elk hunting permits. The two-segment season will be Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1.
Elk hunting on private land is restricted to one zone, consisting of all private land in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties except for a portion of Boxley Valley.
The hunt will end the evening of Nov. 1, or the evening that the 28 elk quota (8 bulls, 20 antlerless) is met; whichever comes first.
Public land elk permit winners:
Garrett Day, Springdale –Youth either-sex permit, Zone 3, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Caleb Reynolds, Camden – Zone 2 youth either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Michael Davis, Pocahontas – Zone 1 either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1
Olivia Lowe, Conway – Zone 1, antlerless permit, Oct. 7-11 hunt
Royce Alford, Cabot – Zone 1, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Jackie Hardin, Hot Springs – Zone 1, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Bob Kissire, Hot Springs – Zone 2, either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Jerry Anderson, Berryville – Zone 2, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Paul Yoder, Everton – Zone 2, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Leer Smith, Clinton – Zone 2, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Judson Miller, Concord – Zone 2, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
James Harris, Mayflower – Zone 2, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Donald Moix, Conway – Zone 3, either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Coy Christopher, Bismarck – Zone 3, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
William Harris, Fayetteville – Zone 3, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Clayton Houston, Jonesboro – Zone 3, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Roger Shearer, Paragould – Zone 3, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Garlon Hurley, Conway – Zone 3, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Charles Speer, Little Rock – Zone 4, either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Jimmy Chandler, Malvern – Zone 4, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Chad Hall, Siloam Springs – Zone 4, antlerless permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt
Billy Burleson, Lead Hill – Zone 4, antlerless permit, Oct. 7-11 hunt
Rodney Dodson, Fouke – Zone 1, on site either-sex permit, Oct. 7-11 hunt
Charles Gerhardt, Roger – Zone 2, on site antlerless permit, Oct. 7-11 hunt
Shane Lyerly, Jonesboro – Zone 3, on site antlerless permit, Oct. 7-11 hunt
Alternates:
Alternate 1 – Christopher Pry, Jonesboro
Alternate 2 – David C. Faught, Jasper
Alternate 3 – Todd Armstrong, Little Rock

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The Second Hot Springs Fishing Challenge begins at 6 a.m., May 1, and ends July 31, at 5 p.m. The Challenge provides anglers the opportunity to catch tagged fish that can be redeemed for cash prizes.

This year the total prize money has been increased to $60,000, with one fish, “Big Al the Second,” worth the grand prize of $10,000.

“Our first Fishing Challenge last year was a tremendous success,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “Prize-winning fish were caught by men and women, young and old, Arkansans and out-of-state residents. We were frankly surprised by the enthusiasm that the challenge generated and the amount of publicity it generated for Hot Springs as a premier fishing destination.”

Last year, the grand prize fish, nicknamed Big Al, was not caught, Arrison said, “So we hope this year to hand some lucky angler a check for $10,000, in addition to prizes for 52 more tagged fish.”

The contest is open to anyone with a valid Arkansas fishing license. Employees of the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at the Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery, and their immediate family members, and/or those living in the same household of each are ineligible to win a cash prize.

Fifty-three tagged fish will be released in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine. The fish released will be largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, white bass, crappie and walleye. If a fish is caught the angler must call the number and present the fish with the tag attached.

The fish will be tagged by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and released in both lakes by a neutral third party. No one will know the exact location of the release points except for this individual. For additional information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.

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83-year old Rossine Jones of Jacksonville won the AGFC's Family and Community Fishing Program trout  tagging contest in December 2012.

83-year old Rossine Jones of Jacksonville won the AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program trout tagging contest in December 2012.

For 83-year-old Rossine Jones of Jacksonville, this Christmas has been a special one for the avid angler. Jones won the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s grand prize in the agency’s Family and Community Fishing Program trout tagging.

Jones caught a tagged trout at the Sherwood Community Pond on Dec. 1 as she fished with her granddaughter Denise Thomson. Jones’ name was drawn from anglers who turned in a tag from the AGFC’s special trout tagging program.

In November 2012, the AGFC stocked thousands of rainbow trout around the state. Out of that total, just over 100 trout were tagged with a special telephone number to call if caught. Jones’ grand prize package included a two-night cabin stay at the Red River Trout Dock in Heber Springs, a half-day guide trip along with two fishing poles and fishing gear. The cabin and guide were donated by Red River Trout Dock and the fishing equipment was donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.

Second place went to Keith Malvin of Little Rock. Malvin won a fishing pole and fishing gear. Third place went to Wesley Moot of Cabot. His prize was a fishing pole. Both the second and third place prizes were donated by the AGFC.

For more information on the Family and Community Fishing Program and its stocking program, visit www.agfc.com or call the stocking hotline at 866-540-3474.

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Thousands of rainbow trout are being stocked in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program locations around the state. Among these fish are over a hundred specially tagged fish that not only offer a good meal, but a prize as well.

If you catch a tagged trout, call the number on the tag and follow the instructions. Mail in the tag and the AGFC will mail you a prize. All of the lucky anglers also will be entered into a drawing to win one of three grand prizes, courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.

The Grand Prize is a two-night stay and half-day guided trip on the Little Red River provided by Red River Trout Dock in Heber Springs. You’ll also receive fishing gear, tackle and waders. Second place includes fishing gear and tackle, with third place receiving a high-quality spinning rod and reel combo and tackle.

Only one entry is allowed per person. All tags must be returned to the AGFC by Dec. 15, 2012 to be eligible.

For more information or to find a location near you, visit agfc.com or call the stocking hotline at 866-540-3474.

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