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  • Bear hunting seminar slated for Fort Smith nature center

    Bear hunting seminar slated for Fort Smith nature center

    Monday, August 20 2018 11:28 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:28:01 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

     Myron Means, large carnivore program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will host a seminar dedicated to hunting black bears at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Aug. 30.

     Myron Means, large carnivore program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will host a seminar dedicated to hunting black bears at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Aug. 30.

  • Timber harvest adds food, habitat for wildlife

    Timber harvest adds food, habitat for wildlife

    Monday, August 20 2018 11:17 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:17:42 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Cutting a tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. These beneficial trees produce the acorns that are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Harvesting them adds habitat to the area.

    Cutting a tree, let alone an oak, seems like a sin to many hunters. These beneficial trees produce the acorns that are seen as the lifeblood of hunting season. Harvesting them adds habitat to the area.

  • AGFC proposes changes to non-resident waterfowl hunting on public land

    AGFC proposes changes to non-resident waterfowl hunting on public land

    Monday, August 20 2018 11:03 AM EDT2018-08-20 15:03:17 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission proposed an amendment to waterfowl hunting regulations today to specify when non-residents can hunt waterfowl on wildlife management areas to specific blocks of dates. 

    Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission proposed an amendment to waterfowl hunting regulations today to specify when non-residents can hunt waterfowl on wildlife management areas to specific blocks of dates. 

  • Mississippi River Commission schedules low-water inspection trip

    Mississippi River Commission schedules low-water inspection trip

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-08-15 14:50:21 GMT
    (Source: USACE)(Source: USACE)

    The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River Aug. 20-24. Four public meetings are scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in select towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. 

    The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River Aug. 20-24. Four public meetings are scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in select towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. 

  • Fisheries professionals focus on shorebound angling access

    Fisheries professionals focus on shorebound angling access

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:48 AM EDT2018-08-15 14:48:43 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Fishing automatically conjures images of days spent on the boat, but according to a survey conducted for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 47 percent of Arkansas anglers fish from the bank. And the AGFC is tackling shoreline access with renewed fervor as a result.

    Fishing automatically conjures images of days spent on the boat, but according to a survey conducted for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 47 percent of Arkansas anglers fish from the bank. And the AGFC is tackling shoreline access with renewed fervor as a result.

  • Apply for a special managed dove hunt

    Apply for a special managed dove hunt

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 4:48 PM EDT2018-08-08 20:48:25 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    For the second consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer the public a dove hunt on private land through a permit process. The application process will be available at https://ar-web.s3licensing.com/ from 8 a.m. Aug. 8 until midnight Aug. 22.

    For the second consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer the public a dove hunt on private land through a permit process. The application process will be available at https://ar-web.s3licensing.com/ from 8 a.m. Aug. 8 until midnight Aug. 22.

  • Arkansas fighting Asian carp with angler awareness, baitfish regulations

    Arkansas fighting Asian carp with angler awareness, baitfish regulations

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-08-08 21:15:59 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Fish jumping into the boat sounds like a dream come true for some anglers -- until you’ve experienced it firsthand. That’s exactly what’s happening on some Arkansas lakes connected to the Mississippi River, and it’s causing a lot of concern.  Asian carp, particularly silver carp and bighead carp, have invaded many of these lakes.

    Fish jumping into the boat sounds like a dream come true for some anglers -- until you’ve experienced it firsthand. That’s exactly what’s happening on some Arkansas lakes connected to the Mississippi River, and it’s causing a lot of concern.  Asian carp, particularly silver carp and bighead carp, have invaded many of these lakes.

  • Campfire cooking offers extra flavor to trout

    Campfire cooking offers extra flavor to trout

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-08-08 21:09:22 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    One of the best ways to beat the heat of summer for a camping/fishing combination is a trip to the cool tailwaters formed by Norfork, Bull Shoals and Greers Ferry Lakes. The rush of cold water can chase away the stifling heat, offering a brief respite from the summer sun.  

    One of the best ways to beat the heat of summer for a camping/fishing combination is a trip to the cool tailwaters formed by Norfork, Bull Shoals and Greers Ferry Lakes. The rush of cold water can chase away the stifling heat, offering a brief respite from the summer sun.  

  • Anglers, biologists work hard to keep bass at Forrest Wood Cup healthy

    Anglers, biologists work hard to keep bass at Forrest Wood Cup healthy

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-08-08 21:01:54 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Fifty-six of the best bass anglers in the world will be showing off their catch and talking to huge crowds at the Forrest Wood Cup in Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, but biologists and tournament officials will be scrambling to take care of the true stars of the show, the largemouth and spotted bass. 

    Fifty-six of the best bass anglers in the world will be showing off their catch and talking to huge crowds at the Forrest Wood Cup in Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, but biologists and tournament officials will be scrambling to take care of the true stars of the show, the largemouth and spotted bass. 

  • Oh, deer: Albino whitetail spotted in WI

    Oh, deer: Albino whitetail spotted in WI

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-08-07 22:51:41 GMT

    The odds of seeing an albino deer are less than one in 36,000.

    The odds of seeing an albino deer are less than one in 36,000.

  • AGFC adds 975 acres to Cypress Bayou WMA

    AGFC adds 975 acres to Cypress Bayou WMA

    Monday, August 6 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-08-06 15:12:12 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Thanks to a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has added 975 acres of access for hunters to Cypress Bayou Wildlife Management Area in White County, boosting that WMA to approximately 2,638 acres of publicly accessible wildlife habitat. 

    Thanks to a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has added 975 acres of access for hunters to Cypress Bayou Wildlife Management Area in White County, boosting that WMA to approximately 2,638 acres of publicly accessible wildlife habitat. 

  • AGFC offers specials at firing ranges

    AGFC offers specials at firing ranges

    Monday, August 6 2018 11:00 AM EDT2018-08-06 15:00:36 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    August is “National Shooting Sports Month” and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be participating in the event at both the Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range in Mayflower and the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Shotgun Range near Hope.   

    August is “National Shooting Sports Month” and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be participating in the event at both the Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range in Mayflower and the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Shotgun Range near Hope.   

  • Aquatic vegetation greets Forrest Wood Cup anglers on Ouachita

    Aquatic vegetation greets Forrest Wood Cup anglers on Ouachita

    Monday, August 6 2018 11:19 AM EDT2018-08-06 15:19:58 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    August can be a brutal time to bass fish on a clear-water lake in Arkansas, but hopes are high that 56 anglers competing in the Forrest Wood Cup, Aug. 10-12, will crack the code and bring some impressive weights to the scales.

    August can be a brutal time to bass fish on a clear-water lake in Arkansas, but hopes are high that 56 anglers competing in the Forrest Wood Cup, Aug. 10-12, will crack the code and bring some impressive weights to the scales.

  • Youth Fishing Derby Slated During Forrest Wood Cup

    Youth Fishing Derby Slated During Forrest Wood Cup

    Monday, August 6 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-08-06 15:26:08 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Arkansan Cody Kelley fishes the professional FLW Tour, and while doing so he organizes youth fishing derbies at Tour sites as well as sites for the regional COSTA Tour throughout the country.

    Arkansan Cody Kelley fishes the professional FLW Tour, and while doing so he organizes youth fishing derbies at Tour sites as well as sites for the regional COSTA Tour throughout the country.

  • Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard

    Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard

    Friday, August 3 2018 11:17 AM EDT2018-08-03 15:17:10 GMT
    Wednesday, August 8 2018 10:33 AM EDT2018-08-08 14:33:48 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the massive bird.

    A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the massive bird.

  • Park rangers arrest man who taunted bison at Yellowstone

    Park rangers arrest man who taunted bison at Yellowstone

    Friday, August 3 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-08-03 22:57:21 GMT
    Friday, August 3 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-08-03 22:57:21 GMT
    Raymond Reinke was arrested for harassing wildlife at a national park. (Source: Pixabay, file)Raymond Reinke was arrested for harassing wildlife at a national park. (Source: Pixabay, file)

    Reinke’s arrest capped an inauspicious week for the 55-year-old who was first arrested on July 28 at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct.

    Reinke’s arrest capped an inauspicious week for the 55-year-old who was first arrested on July 28 at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct.

  • Gone fishing...for eternity

    Gone fishing...for eternity

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:09 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:09:50 GMT
    Thursday, July 26 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-07-26 18:54:29 GMT
    The Woodland Camo casket. (Source: GloryBoats.com)The Woodland Camo casket. (Source: GloryBoats.com)
    The Woodland Camo casket. (Source: GloryBoats.com)The Woodland Camo casket. (Source: GloryBoats.com)

    An Arkansas business offers a unique send-off for those who love the outdoors: caskets that resemble Jon boats.

    An Arkansas business offers a unique send-off for those who love the outdoors: caskets that resemble Jon boats.

  • AGFC air drops waterfowl habitat on Millwood Lake

    AGFC air drops waterfowl habitat on Millwood Lake

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:55:08 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists increased the food available to wintering waterfowl on Millwood Lake with a special air delivery of Japanese millet around 500 acres along the edge of the lake. 

    Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists increased the food available to wintering waterfowl on Millwood Lake with a special air delivery of Japanese millet around 500 acres along the edge of the lake. 

  • Mountain lion spends night in woman's living room

    Mountain lion spends night in woman's living room

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:47 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:47:18 GMT
    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:49:51 GMT

    The big cat sauntered into her home through an open door.

    The big cat sauntered into her home through an open door.

  • Bass show increased trophy potential at Lake Ouachita

    Bass show increased trophy potential at Lake Ouachita

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:45:23 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Many Lake Ouachita largemouths may have an increased aptitude for growth, thanks to a pilot Florida bass stocking project implemented by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2007-2014. 

    Many Lake Ouachita largemouths may have an increased aptitude for growth, thanks to a pilot Florida bass stocking project implemented by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2007-2014. 

  • Arkansas CWD management evolves

    Arkansas CWD management evolves

    Thursday, July 26 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-07-26 17:36:32 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Arkansas deer hunters will have more ability to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease this year, thanks to new regulations passed by the AGFC, in response to new positive cases of CWD detected during last deer season’s sampling efforts.

    Arkansas deer hunters will have more ability to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease this year, thanks to new regulations passed by the AGFC, in response to new positive cases of CWD detected during last deer season’s sampling efforts.

  • Mama bear and cubs splash around in backyard

    Mama bear and cubs splash around in backyard

    Thursday, July 26 2018 11:54 AM EDT2018-07-26 15:54:04 GMT
    Thursday, July 26 2018 11:54 AM EDT2018-07-26 15:54:04 GMT
    This bear family can’t get enough of a family’s backyard fountain. (Source: Pixabay, file)This bear family can’t get enough of a family’s backyard fountain. (Source: Pixabay, file)

    This bear family can’t get enough of a family’s backyard fountain.

    This bear family can’t get enough of a family’s backyard fountain.

  • Rattlesnakes can swim and it's as terrifying as it sounds

    Rattlesnakes can swim and it's as terrifying as it sounds

    Tuesday, July 24 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-07-24 22:38:38 GMT
    Tuesday, July 24 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-07-24 23:01:26 GMT
    (Source: Wayne Robbins)(Source: Wayne Robbins)

    Wayne Robbins and his family were out for a day on Fontana Lake in North Carolina on July 14 when they noticed an uninvited guest headed straight for their boat.

    Wayne Robbins and his family were out for a day on Fontana Lake in North Carolina on July 14 when they noticed an uninvited guest headed straight for their boat.

  • Caught on Camera: second albino fawn spotted in Lake Wappapello, MO

    Caught on Camera: second albino fawn spotted in Lake Wappapello, MO

    Tuesday, July 24 2018 10:29 AM EDT2018-07-24 14:29:23 GMT
    Albino fawn, its twin, and their mother spotted in a yard in the Lake Wappapello, Missouri area. (Source: Steve McIntosh)Albino fawn, its twin, and their mother spotted in a yard in the Lake Wappapello, Missouri area. (Source: Steve McIntosh)

    An albino fawn, its twin, and their mother were spotted in a yard in the Lake Wappapello, Missouri area. In the photo sent to Heartland News from Steve McIntosh, you can see a white fawn near a building while its twin looks like it is heading into a wooded area.  

    An albino fawn, its twin, and their mother were spotted in a yard in the Lake Wappapello, Missouri area. In the photo sent to Heartland News from Steve McIntosh, you can see a white fawn near a building while its twin looks like it is heading into a wooded area.  

  • Become an outdoors-woman with AGFC

    Become an outdoors-woman with AGFC

    Thursday, June 7 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-06-07 14:40:41 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will open online enrollment in this year’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop June 4-30. The workshop, which introduces women 18 and older to various outdoors activities, will be held Sept. 28-30 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will open online enrollment in this year’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop June 4-30. The workshop, which introduces women 18 and older to various outdoors activities, will be held Sept. 28-30 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale.

  • Missouri may see elk hunt in next 2 years

    Missouri may see elk hunt in next 2 years

    Sunday, July 22 2018 2:00 PM EDT2018-07-22 18:00:56 GMT
    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say there may be a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation Facebook page)Missouri Department of Conservation officials say there may be a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation Facebook page)

    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow.

    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow.

  • Petition to ban commercial turtle harvest presented to AGFC

    Petition to ban commercial turtle harvest presented to AGFC

    Thursday, July 19 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-07-19 23:37:31 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 5:20 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:20:27 GMT
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was presented with a petition for a commercial turtle harvesting ban. (Source: KAIT)The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was presented with a petition for a commercial turtle harvesting ban. (Source: KAIT)

    Several groups submitted a petition to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Thursday, asking for a ban on commercial turtle harvest.

    Several groups submitted a petition to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Thursday, asking for a ban on commercial turtle harvest.

  • Leftover WMA Deer Hunt Permits available online July 23

    Leftover WMA Deer Hunt Permits available online July 23

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:06:02 GMT

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sell all leftover permits to participate in special deer permit hunts on Arkansas wildlife management areas beginning at 8 a.m., July 23. 

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sell all leftover permits to participate in special deer permit hunts on Arkansas wildlife management areas beginning at 8 a.m., July 23. 

  • AGFC hears first reading of 2019 fishing regulations proposals

    AGFC hears first reading of 2019 fishing regulations proposals

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:53 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:53:34 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    AGFC Commissioners heard the first reading of fishing regulations changes proposed for 2019 at their regularly scheduled meeting at the Batesville Community and Aquatics Center. 

    AGFC Commissioners heard the first reading of fishing regulations changes proposed for 2019 at their regularly scheduled meeting at the Batesville Community and Aquatics Center. 

  • Corps performing road maintenance at Norfork Lake Parks

    Corps performing road maintenance at Norfork Lake Parks

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:52:47 GMT
    (Source: USACE)(Source: USACE)
    (Source: USACE)(Source: USACE)

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Mountain Home Project Office will be performing road maintenance for the next 4 to 6 weeks at several boat launch ramps and parking areas on Norfork Lake. 

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Mountain Home Project Office will be performing road maintenance for the next 4 to 6 weeks at several boat launch ramps and parking areas on Norfork Lake. 

  • Senate bill proposes $1.3 billion added to wildlife conservation efforts

    Senate bill proposes $1.3 billion added to wildlife conservation efforts

    Thursday, July 19 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-07-19 21:58:22 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) along with their colleagues Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) introduced groundbreaking legislation in the United States Senate today to provide a critical source of funding for conservation across the country. 

    Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) along with their colleagues Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) introduced groundbreaking legislation in the United States Senate today to provide a critical source of funding for conservation across the country. 

  • Arkansas alligator hunt permits drawn

    Arkansas alligator hunt permits drawn

    Thursday, July 12 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-12 22:27:30 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission conducted the annual alligator hunt permit draw last Friday, July 6, and 108 lucky hunters will be shining the water this September in search of one of Arkansas’s largest big game species.  

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission conducted the annual alligator hunt permit draw last Friday, July 6, and 108 lucky hunters will be shining the water this September in search of one of Arkansas’s largest big game species.  

  • Boat registration requires physical proof

    Boat registration requires physical proof

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:03:36 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    New state laws to match federal guidelines add an extra step to boat registration, but they may help prevent fraud or theft. According to Act 694 of the 90th General Assembly of Arkansas passed in 2015, all boats registered in Arkansas must have verified proof of a valid hull identification number. 

    New state laws to match federal guidelines add an extra step to boat registration, but they may help prevent fraud or theft. According to Act 694 of the 90th General Assembly of Arkansas passed in 2015, all boats registered in Arkansas must have verified proof of a valid hull identification number. 

  • Hundreds of crocodiles killed in revenge slaughter after villager's death

    Hundreds of crocodiles killed in revenge slaughter after villager's death

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:38 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:38:37 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 5:38 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:38:37 GMT
    The mob reportedly numbered 600 and used machetes, hoes and other tools in the slaughter. (Source: AP Photo/Irianti)The mob reportedly numbered 600 and used machetes, hoes and other tools in the slaughter. (Source: AP Photo/Irianti)

    Almost 300 crocodiles were slaughtered in Indonesia after a villager was killed by one at a local sanctuary and breeding farm on Friday.

    Almost 300 crocodiles were slaughtered in Indonesia after a villager was killed by one at a local sanctuary and breeding farm on Friday.

  • Help AGFC bring back Arkansas’s biggest sportfish

    Help AGFC bring back Arkansas’s biggest sportfish

    Thursday, July 12 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-07-12 22:20:47 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking anglers and bowfishing enthusiasts to help bring back one of Arkansas’s oldest trophy angling opportunities - the alligator gar.  

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking anglers and bowfishing enthusiasts to help bring back one of Arkansas’s oldest trophy angling opportunities - the alligator gar.  

  • Crews repair Spring River sinkhole, officials say

    Crews repair Spring River sinkhole, officials say

    Thursday, July 12 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-07-12 21:31:19 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-07-12 21:44:24 GMT
    Crews have been able to repair a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Commission of State Lands)Crews have been able to repair a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Commission of State Lands)
    Crews have been able to repair a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Commission of State Lands)Crews have been able to repair a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Commission of State Lands)

    According to Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston, crews have been able to close a sinkhole that opened on the Spring River in June in which a person was killed. 

    According to Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston, crews have been able to close a sinkhole that opened on the Spring River in June in which a person was killed. 

  • Black bear takes stroll through lodge

    Black bear takes stroll through lodge

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:06:31 GMT
    Wednesday, July 11 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-07-11 13:33:51 GMT
    The bear stayed about five minutes and then left. (Source: Pixabay, file)The bear stayed about five minutes and then left. (Source: Pixabay, file)

    The bear stayed about five minutes and then left.

    The bear stayed about five minutes and then left.

  • Gov. Hutchinson welcomes 15 wildlife officers to AGFC

    Gov. Hutchinson welcomes 15 wildlife officers to AGFC

    Friday, July 6 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-07-06 21:45:22 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Fifteen new faces will be joining the ranks of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers this summer. The latest class of wildlife officer cadets celebrated graduation from the AGFC’s training program. 

    Fifteen new faces will be joining the ranks of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers this summer. The latest class of wildlife officer cadets celebrated graduation from the AGFC’s training program. 

  • Big bore air rifles legal for modern gun deer season in Arkansas

    Big bore air rifles legal for modern gun deer season in Arkansas

    Thursday, July 5 2018 10:49 AM EDT2018-07-05 14:49:29 GMT
    (Source AGFC)(Source AGFC)
    (Source AGFC)(Source AGFC)

     Deer hunters will be able to pursue their game with one more option this season, thanks to a recent regulation change by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Commissioners voted to legalize large-caliber air rifles that meet certain standards for deer hunting during modern gun season. 

     Deer hunters will be able to pursue their game with one more option this season, thanks to a recent regulation change by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Commissioners voted to legalize large-caliber air rifles that meet certain standards for deer hunting during modern gun season. 

  • Former Brandon Bulldog and current N.O. Saint Demario Davis gives back

    Former Brandon Bulldog and current N.O. Saint Demario Davis gives back

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-07-31 22:16:13 GMT
    New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis returned to his roots at Brandon High School to host a football camp for kids in the area.  He's been on display recently for helping out immigrant families at the Texas boarder.  "Just looking up at those pictures of kids sleeping on the floor and being separated from family... I think that would touch any human being," Davis said. "You can't imagine kids going through that, so a friend of mine decided that w...
    New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis returned to his roots at Brandon High School to host a football camp for kids in the area.  He's been on display recently for helping out immigrant families at the Texas boarder.  "Just looking up at those pictures of kids sleeping on the floor and being separated from family... I think that would touch any human being," Davis said. "You can't imagine kids going through that, so a friend of mine decided that w...
  • Governor Hutchinson Appoints J.D. Neeley to AGFC

    Governor Hutchinson Appoints J.D. Neeley to AGFC

    Monday, July 2 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-07-02 21:23:36 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson today appointed John David “J.D.” Neeley of Camden to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Gov. Hutchinson said. “His experience as a businessman and his knowledge of the land as a forester, an appraiser and a realtor will make him a valuable.

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson today appointed John David “J.D.” Neeley of Camden to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Gov. Hutchinson said. “His experience as a businessman and his knowledge of the land as a forester, an appraiser and a realtor will make him a valuable.

  • Father may lose all four limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in NJ

    Father may lose all four limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in NJ

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:58 AM EDT2018-07-10 10:58:00 GMT
    Wednesday, July 11 2018 5:16 AM EDT2018-07-11 09:16:53 GMT

    The father contracted the disease while crabbing in a New Jersey river, according to his daughter.

    The father contracted the disease while crabbing in a New Jersey river, according to his daughter.

  • Track Arkansas bears with the AGFC

    Track Arkansas bears with the AGFC

    Thursday, July 5 2018 11:02 AM EDT2018-07-05 15:02:51 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Anyone can help the AGFC keep tabs on the state’s bear population, thanks to the social media site iNaturalist. AGFC biologists have set up a special online survey dedicated to learning more about where bears are expanding in the Natural State under the title “Arkansas Bear Survey.”

    Anyone can help the AGFC keep tabs on the state’s bear population, thanks to the social media site iNaturalist. AGFC biologists have set up a special online survey dedicated to learning more about where bears are expanding in the Natural State under the title “Arkansas Bear Survey.”

  • Monster 15-foot crocodile caught after eight-year hunt

    Monster 15-foot crocodile caught after eight-year hunt

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 3:29 PM EDT2018-07-10 19:29:18 GMT
    Tuesday, July 10 2018 5:02 PM EDT2018-07-10 21:02:20 GMT

    The crocodile is more than 15 feet long and weighs over 1,300 pounds.

    The crocodile is more than 15 feet long and weighs over 1,300 pounds.

  • AGFC temporarily suspends issuing new permits for venomous or poisonous species

    AGFC temporarily suspends issuing new permits for venomous or poisonous species

    Monday, June 25 2018 2:50 PM EDT2018-06-25 18:50:29 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    AGFC Commissioners voted to temporarily suspend the issuance of new Wildlife Importation and Wildlife Breeder/Dealer permits for venomous or poisonous wildlife species. The 120-day suspension only affects people seeking to apply for a permit to import, sell or breed venomous or poisonous wildlife species. 

    AGFC Commissioners voted to temporarily suspend the issuance of new Wildlife Importation and Wildlife Breeder/Dealer permits for venomous or poisonous wildlife species. The 120-day suspension only affects people seeking to apply for a permit to import, sell or breed venomous or poisonous wildlife species. 

  • Missouri may see elk hunt in next 2 years

    Missouri may see elk hunt in next 2 years

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:46 PM EDT2018-07-22 17:46:20 GMT
    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation)Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation)

    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow.

    Missouri Department of Conservation officials say residents may see a limited elk hunt in 2020 if the state's elk herd continues to grow.

  • Two men attempt to burn wildlife officer’s truck

    Two men attempt to burn wildlife officer’s truck

    Monday, July 2 2018 5:10 PM EDT2018-07-02 21:10:47 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Two Union County men were arrested last week after evidence was developed that they had attempted to burn an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer’s truck. 

    Two Union County men were arrested last week after evidence was developed that they had attempted to burn an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer’s truck. 

  • Raccoon vs. Bobcat backyard battle caught on camera

    Raccoon vs. Bobcat backyard battle caught on camera

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:02:51 GMT
    Tuesday, July 3 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-07-03 19:02:51 GMT
    Erinn Earth said she thought the raccoon was possibly trying to protect her babies. (Source: Erinn Earth)Erinn Earth said she thought the raccoon was possibly trying to protect her babies. (Source: Erinn Earth)

     "The raccoon has babies in the wooded area, so I think she was trying to protect her babies from the bobcat," the person who took the video said.

     "The raccoon has babies in the wooded area, so I think she was trying to protect her babies from the bobcat," the person who took the video said.

  • Lake Wilhelmina dam upgrades underway

    Lake Wilhelmina dam upgrades underway

    Friday, June 29 2018 2:24 PM EDT2018-06-29 18:24:46 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

     Anglers who frequent Lake Wilhelmina in Polk County have seen a little less of the lake than usual this year. The lake has been 5 feet low throughout spring and summer, waiting for upgrades to water-control structures. 

     Anglers who frequent Lake Wilhelmina in Polk County have seen a little less of the lake than usual this year. The lake has been 5 feet low throughout spring and summer, waiting for upgrades to water-control structures. 

  • Just add whitewater: These are the gadgets pro kayakers use to go ‘500 percent’

    Just add whitewater: These are the gadgets pro kayakers use to go ‘500 percent’

    Sunday, July 1 2018 6:49 AM EDT2018-07-01 10:49:14 GMT
    From video analysis to smart fitness trackers, technology plays a big role for competitive athletes. We sat down with professional kayakers Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson to discuss the role that the modern world...
    From video analysis to smart fitness trackers, technology plays a big role for competitive athletes. We sat down with professional kayakers Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson to discuss the role that the modern world plays in...
  • Arkansas private land elk hunting simplified for 2018 season

    Arkansas private land elk hunting simplified for 2018 season

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 1:41 PM EDT2018-05-09 17:41:32 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Twenty-nine lucky hunters will find out if their application for an Arkansas elk permit was successful at the Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 23. Biologists are trying to make it easier for the rest of us wanting to take an Arkansas elk who are willing to put in a little legwork and handshaking to make it happen.

    Twenty-nine lucky hunters will find out if their application for an Arkansas elk permit was successful at the Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 23. Biologists are trying to make it easier for the rest of us wanting to take an Arkansas elk who are willing to put in a little legwork and handshaking to make it happen.

  • AGFC Event Calendar

    AGFC Event Calendar

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 2:57 PM EST2017-12-27 19:57:18 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    AGFC Event Calendar

    AGFC Event Calendar

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