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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.

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Keep up with the turkey harvest online

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

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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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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.

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Click to apply for Arkansas WMA Turkey Hunting Permit.

Arkansas WMA Turkey Hunting Permit applications available until Jan. 15. Click here to apply.

Apply for your 2014 WMA turkey hunting permit by Jan. 15, 2014.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Management Areas offer some of the best public hunting opportunity in the United States. To prevent overcrowding on popular WMAs, the AGFC limits some hunting opportunities through a permit draw system. Hunters have until Jan. 15, 2014 to submit a free application.

The drawing will be held in early February and successful applicants must pay a $10 processing fee to receive their permit. All permits left over after the drawing will be sold online beginning at 8 a.m., March 3, 2014.

Click here to learn more about the turkey permit applications and apply for your permit. 

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state’s deer hunting seasons last week, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 9, archery season opening Sept. 28, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 19. The deer season dates are part of the 2013-2014 general hunting regulations approved during the Commission’s monthly meeting.
To see a summary of the 2012-13 hunting regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Pages/EnforcementRegulations.aspx.
In other business, the Commission:

  • Approved a strategic plan for the agency that outlines the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission, vision and goals, and articulates the Commission’s core values.
  • Reviewed the 2012-2013 deer harvest. AGFC Deer Program Coordinator Cory Gray told Commissioners that hunters checked a record 213,487 deer, an increase of 11 percent from the 2011-2012 deer season.
  • Approved a $40,000 budget transfer to help in the development of the Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area in Benton County.
  • Approved a $96,519 budget increase for an Enforcement Education trailer.
  • Approved a $64,000 budget increase from surplus Recreational Boating funds to purchase patrol boats for the Enforcement Division.
  • Approved clarification of fishing regulations related to trout fishing and commercial turtle harvest restrictions. Language regarding trout waters was inadvertently deleted from previously adopted trout permit requirements, and portions of Randolph County were added to regulations governing turtle harvest.
  • Approved the adoption of the Arkansas Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan. The National Invasive Species Act of 2006 requires all states to have an aquatic nuisance species plan. Arkansas’s plan has been developed by a task force representing state and federal resource management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private aquaculture interests, civic groups and private individuals.
  • Authorized AGFC Director Mike Knoedl to employ third-party contractors with expertise in oil spill remediation to assist the AGFC in the wake of the Mayflower oil spill.

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Leftover WMA turkey hunt permits will be on sale at agfc.com beginning 8 a.m., March 4.

Leftover WMA turkey hunt permits will be on sale at agfc.com beginning 8 a.m., March 4.

If you didn’t draw one of the AGFC’s WMA turkey hunt permits, you still have a chance to bag a gobbler on one of our best Wildlife Management Areas. All leftover permits will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at agfc.com beginning 8 a.m., March 4.

Even some of the hardest permits to draw will be available as leftovers, because the person who originally drew the permit did not pay for it before the deadline. This is the first time the AGFC has offered leftover turkey permits for sale, and it’s expected that permits for some of the top WMAs will be spoken for within the first hour of going online.

To purchase a permit online, visit https://www.ark.org/agfc/permitting/apply.php, beginning at 8 a.m. on March 4. Permits cost $10, and people who have already drawn and paid for another WMA permit are eligible to purchase leftovers.

 

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