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  • Lake Poinsett open for unlimited fishing

    Lake Poinsett open for unlimited fishing

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:57 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:57:28 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A popular fishing lake in Poinsett County is open for unlimited fishing.

    A popular fishing lake in Poinsett County is open for unlimited fishing.

  • Commission approves hunting regulations changes for 2017-18

    Commission approves hunting regulations changes for 2017-18

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:07 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:07:13 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Commissioners approved hunting regulations changes for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including the season dates for all game, including the 2017-18 waterfowl season and 2018 turkey season at last week’s meeting in the AGFC headquarters in Little Rock.

    Commissioners approved hunting regulations changes for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including the season dates for all game, including the 2017-18 waterfowl season and 2018 turkey season at last week’s meeting in the AGFC headquarters in Little Rock.

  • Free Fishing Weekend and fishing derbies June 9-11

    Free Fishing Weekend and fishing derbies June 9-11

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:00 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:00:29 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 9, through midnight Sunday night, June 11.

    Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 9, through midnight Sunday night, June 11.

  • Westside teams sweep junior, senior divisions in East Regional

    Westside teams sweep junior, senior divisions in East Regional

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:56 PM EDT2017-05-24 18:56:40 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    Weston Adcock was a perfect 50-for-50 for the Jonesboro Westside Senior Red team, helping his squad edge the Gosnell Trap Team Trap Hogs for the East Region title in Saturday’s Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program competition at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Range in Jacksonville. 

    Weston Adcock was a perfect 50-for-50 for the Jonesboro Westside Senior Red team, helping his squad edge the Gosnell Trap Team Trap Hogs for the East Region title in Saturday’s Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program competition at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Range in Jacksonville. 

  • Spring River hatchery fighting back against flood damage

    Spring River hatchery fighting back against flood damage

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-05-24 18:44:55 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring is recovering from widespread flooding that resulted from a storm on April 29. 

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring is recovering from widespread flooding that resulted from a storm on April 29. 

  • Use caution at Lake Norfork and Greers Ferry Lake

    Use caution at Lake Norfork and Greers Ferry Lake

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:01 PM EDT2017-05-24 17:01:02 GMT
    (Source: USACE)(Source: USACE)

    Bull Shoals, Norfork, and Greers Ferry lakes are open for business as visitors from the region plan for a fun Memorial Day holiday weekend at the lakes. But Army Corps of Engineers officials caution visitors that high lake levels have made boating and swimming more hazardous. 

    Bull Shoals, Norfork, and Greers Ferry lakes are open for business as visitors from the region plan for a fun Memorial Day holiday weekend at the lakes. But Army Corps of Engineers officials caution visitors that high lake levels have made boating and swimming more hazardous. 

  • Timber Rattlesnake not welcome at photo shoot

    Timber Rattlesnake not welcome at photo shoot

    Monday, May 22 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-05-22 16:48:29 GMT
    (Source: Cary Nelson)(Source: Cary Nelson)

    A couple and their photographer got an unexpected surprise during a recent engagement photo shoot. 

    A couple and their photographer got an unexpected surprise during a recent engagement photo shoot. 

  • Commission approves hunting regulations changes, 2017-18 hunting seasons

    Commission approves hunting regulations changes, 2017-18 hunting seasons

    Friday, May 19 2017 11:15 AM EDT2017-05-19 15:15:14 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    AGFC Commissioners approved hunting regulations changes for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including the season dates for all game, including the 2017-18 waterfowl season and 2018 turkey season at a meeting in the AGFC headquarters in Little Rock.

    AGFC Commissioners approved hunting regulations changes for the 2017-18 hunting seasons, including the season dates for all game, including the 2017-18 waterfowl season and 2018 turkey season at a meeting in the AGFC headquarters in Little Rock.

  • Buffalo River watershed management plan meeting set

    Buffalo River watershed management plan meeting set

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:15 PM EDT2017-05-17 23:15:34 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, in cooperation with the Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee, has scheduled its third public information meeting regarding the development of the voluntary watershed-based management plan for the Buffalo River Watershed.

    The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, in cooperation with the Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee, has scheduled its third public information meeting regarding the development of the voluntary watershed-based management plan for the Buffalo River Watershed.

  • Stay safe on the water and save a few dollars

    Stay safe on the water and save a few dollars

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-05-17 23:11:02 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Boat Ed, the vendor who provides the online version of Arkansas’s Boating Education Course, will be offering a special discount to anyone who completes the program from May 20-26 to help promote National Safe Boating Week. 

    Boat Ed, the vendor who provides the online version of Arkansas’s Boating Education Course, will be offering a special discount to anyone who completes the program from May 20-26 to help promote National Safe Boating Week. 

  • Crow calls to conservationists on Twitter

    Crow calls to conservationists on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 6:56 PM EDT2017-05-17 22:56:46 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    You can now follow Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Jeff Crow anywhere by visiting his feed at Twitter@JeffCrow9. Crow hopes to update his followers about some of the important issues he deals with on a day-to-day basis.

    You can now follow Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Jeff Crow anywhere by visiting his feed at Twitter@JeffCrow9. Crow hopes to update his followers about some of the important issues he deals with on a day-to-day basis.

  • High water and habitat come together for Greers Ferry fish

    High water and habitat come together for Greers Ferry fish

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-05-17 22:52:25 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Recent rainfall has elevated the water at Greer’s Ferry Lake a good 7-8 feet above its normal level. Recent electrofishing by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel indicate improving numbers now for largemouth and smallmouth bass. 

    Recent rainfall has elevated the water at Greer’s Ferry Lake a good 7-8 feet above its normal level. Recent electrofishing by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel indicate improving numbers now for largemouth and smallmouth bass. 

  • Weather affected AYSSP Regionals

    Weather affected AYSSP Regionals

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-05-17 22:29:47 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    After battling springtime elements and heavy wind during the first two regionals, the weather finally cleared up nicely for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s regional competition.

    After battling springtime elements and heavy wind during the first two regionals, the weather finally cleared up nicely for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s regional competition.

  • Rae takes reins of Enforcement Division

    Rae takes reins of Enforcement Division

    Thursday, May 11 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-05-11 22:05:50 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Greg Rae was promoted to colonel to lead the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Enforcement Division. He succeeds Pat Fitts, who recently was promoted to assistant deputy director at the agency. 

    Greg Rae was promoted to colonel to lead the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Enforcement Division. He succeeds Pat Fitts, who recently was promoted to assistant deputy director at the agency. 

  • Fitts moved into AGFC assistant deputy director spot

    Fitts moved into AGFC assistant deputy director spot

    Thursday, May 11 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-05-11 19:39:24 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The AGFC has announced Pat Fitts moved into the assistant deputy director position, which was vacant.  Fitts’ previous position was colonel of the agency’s Enforcement Division. 

    The AGFC has announced Pat Fitts moved into the assistant deputy director position, which was vacant.  Fitts’ previous position was colonel of the agency’s Enforcement Division. 

  • AGFC and partners begin Battle for the Bobwhite at Pea Ridge National Military Park

    AGFC and partners begin Battle for the Bobwhite at Pea Ridge National Military Park

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:18:15 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    On Saturday, May 20, a different sort of battle will shape up at the historic Pea Ridge National Military Park, “The Battle for the Bobwhite Field Day.”  This event is key to restoring the habitat for the Northern Bob White.

    On Saturday, May 20, a different sort of battle will shape up at the historic Pea Ridge National Military Park, “The Battle for the Bobwhite Field Day.”  This event is key to restoring the habitat for the Northern Bob White.

  • High water hazards on Corps lakes

    High water hazards on Corps lakes

    Thursday, May 11 2017 2:14 PM EDT2017-05-11 18:14:55 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Boaters visiting Corps lakes are advised that when boating near shore, to beware of hidden underwater hazards because of the high water.  They should go slowly and be extra cautious to avoid objects they would not normally expect in the water.  Look for sign posts, picnic tables, table canopies and other structures often found in a campground or picnic areas.

    Boaters visiting Corps lakes are advised that when boating near shore, to beware of hidden underwater hazards because of the high water.  They should go slowly and be extra cautious to avoid objects they would not normally expect in the water.  Look for sign posts, picnic tables, table canopies and other structures often found in a campground or picnic areas.

  • Changes to Arkansas fishing regulations proposed for public comment

    Changes to Arkansas fishing regulations proposed for public comment

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:44:10 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

     Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners heard proposed changes to fishing regulations for 2018 at last week’s monthly Commission meeting. All proposed changes are available for viewing and public comment via online survey at https://survey.agfc.com.

     Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners heard proposed changes to fishing regulations for 2018 at last week’s monthly Commission meeting. All proposed changes are available for viewing and public comment via online survey at https://survey.agfc.com.

  • Hot Springs resident lands $1,000 while fishing for dinner

    Hot Springs resident lands $1,000 while fishing for dinner

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:38 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:38:43 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Maurice Bradford of Hot Springs was fishing from the bank near the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery on Lake Hamilton, looking to land enough fish for a Saturday evening dinner. At around 8 p.m., fishing with crickets, he snagged something better: A $1,000 prize fish in the 2017 $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge.

    Maurice Bradford of Hot Springs was fishing from the bank near the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery on Lake Hamilton, looking to land enough fish for a Saturday evening dinner. At around 8 p.m., fishing with crickets, he snagged something better: A $1,000 prize fish in the 2017 $86,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge.

  • Fourche Creek featured on Arkansas Wildlife Television

    Fourche Creek featured on Arkansas Wildlife Television

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:33 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:33:46 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The new boat ramp at Benny Craig Park on Fourche Creek was the focus of this week’s kickoff to National Travel and Tourism Week in Little Rock. As part of the celebration, guided float tours took visitors through a section of this special stream flowing right through Arkansas’s capital city. 

    The new boat ramp at Benny Craig Park on Fourche Creek was the focus of this week’s kickoff to National Travel and Tourism Week in Little Rock. As part of the celebration, guided float tours took visitors through a section of this special stream flowing right through Arkansas’s capital city. 

  • Unattended fawns likely not abandoned

    Unattended fawns likely not abandoned

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:27:11 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Each spring, thousands of Arkansas deer give birth to fawns. And each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across one of these young deer sitting still in the tall grasses where it is hiding. But that abandoned fawn likely isn’t abandoned at all. 

    Each spring, thousands of Arkansas deer give birth to fawns. And each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across one of these young deer sitting still in the tall grasses where it is hiding. But that abandoned fawn likely isn’t abandoned at all. 

  • Shiloh Christian School, Accuracy in Motion win east regional trap-shooting tournament

    Shiloh Christian School, Accuracy in Motion win east regional trap-shooting tournament

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:11 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:11:12 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Strong winds were prevalent for a second straight weekend at the Jacksonville Shooting Complex, but by Saturday the 129 senior division trap-shooting teams competing were greeted with plenty of sunshine and a little less wind for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s west regional qualifiers. 

    Strong winds were prevalent for a second straight weekend at the Jacksonville Shooting Complex, but by Saturday the 129 senior division trap-shooting teams competing were greeted with plenty of sunshine and a little less wind for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s west regional qualifiers. 

  • Three arrested for burglary at AGFC central Arkansas nature center

    Three arrested for burglary at AGFC central Arkansas nature center

    Thursday, May 11 2017 3:15 PM EDT2017-05-11 19:15:53 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Little Rock Police Department has arrested three suspects following a break-in at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at the east end of the River Market in downtown Little Rock. One suspect was charged with commercial burglary, theft of property, criminal mischief and fleeing. 

    The Little Rock Police Department has arrested three suspects following a break-in at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at the east end of the River Market in downtown Little Rock. One suspect was charged with commercial burglary, theft of property, criminal mischief and fleeing. 

  • 2017-18 urban deer hunt application period open

    2017-18 urban deer hunt application period open

    Thursday, May 11 2017 10:45 AM EDT2017-05-11 14:45:23 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The application period for Arkansas’s special urban bowhunts for the 2017-18 hunting season is now open and will run until 6:30 p.m., August 18. 

    The application period for Arkansas’s special urban bowhunts for the 2017-18 hunting season is now open and will run until 6:30 p.m., August 18. 

  • Elk permit application period opened May 1

    Elk permit application period opened May 1

    Thursday, May 11 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-05-11 15:45:35 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    If you’ve applied for an Arkansas elk permit in the past, you’ll see one major change this year when the application period opened May 1. Beginning this year, applying for an Arkansas elk permit will require a nonrefundable $5 application fee.

    If you’ve applied for an Arkansas elk permit in the past, you’ll see one major change this year when the application period opened May 1. Beginning this year, applying for an Arkansas elk permit will require a nonrefundable $5 application fee.

  • Public meetings to present Lake Poinsett Renovation Plan

    Public meetings to present Lake Poinsett Renovation Plan

    Thursday, May 11 2017 10:40 AM EDT2017-05-11 14:40:26 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to conduct an intensive renovation to Poinsett Lake in northeast Arkansas beginning in July. The lake will be drained during the renovation, which is expected to last until 2020.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to conduct an intensive renovation to Poinsett Lake in northeast Arkansas beginning in July. The lake will be drained during the renovation, which is expected to last until 2020.

  • New AGFC boat ramp and water trail included in tourism week celebration

    New AGFC boat ramp and water trail included in tourism week celebration

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:53:32 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will join the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and other state and local partners at 10 a.m., Monday, May 8 at Little Rock’s Benny Craig Park (4610 Gum Springs Road) to celebrate one of the city’s overlooked outdoor recreation amenities — Fourche Creek. 

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will join the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and other state and local partners at 10 a.m., Monday, May 8 at Little Rock’s Benny Craig Park (4610 Gum Springs Road) to celebrate one of the city’s overlooked outdoor recreation amenities — Fourche Creek. 

  • Bald Knob, Bergman top shots at regional trap qualifier

    Bald Knob, Bergman top shots at regional trap qualifier

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:47 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:47:34 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Despite gusting winds and storm clouds looming, trap shooting teams from Bergman and Bald Knob came out victorious in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s north regional qualifiers.

    Despite gusting winds and storm clouds looming, trap shooting teams from Bergman and Bald Knob came out victorious in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s north regional qualifiers.

  • Turkey harvest sees slight dip from last year

    Turkey harvest sees slight dip from last year

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:40 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:40:52 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Turkey hunters in The Natural State checked 10,066 birds during the recently concluded season in April. This year’s season featured 16 days for all hunters and two more days at the front end of the season for the annual statewide youth turkey hunt. 

    Turkey hunters in The Natural State checked 10,066 birds during the recently concluded season in April. This year’s season featured 16 days for all hunters and two more days at the front end of the season for the annual statewide youth turkey hunt. 

  • Youth fishing tournament anglers encouraged to dump some brush on the AGFC

    Youth fishing tournament anglers encouraged to dump some brush on the AGFC

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:36 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:36:29 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has created a new award program specifically for youth fishing tournament organizations to help do their part in improving aquatic habitat in Arkansas reservoirs. 

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has created a new award program specifically for youth fishing tournament organizations to help do their part in improving aquatic habitat in Arkansas reservoirs. 

  • Three arrested for burglary at AGFC central Arkansas nature center

    Three arrested for burglary at AGFC central Arkansas nature center

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:30:54 GMT
    Whitt Stephens Nature Ctr.Whitt Stephens Nature Ctr.

    The Little Rock Police Department has arrested three suspects following a break-in just after midnight, Thursday morning, at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at the east end of the River Market in downtown Little Rock. 

    The Little Rock Police Department has arrested three suspects following a break-in just after midnight, Thursday morning, at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at the east end of the River Market in downtown Little Rock. 

  • Weekend tragedies a stern reminder of the dangers of swift currents

    Weekend tragedies a stern reminder of the dangers of swift currents

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:25 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:25:03 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to be cautious and use good judgment when driving around water or deciding to go through with previously planned trips involving on-the-water recreation. 

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to be cautious and use good judgment when driving around water or deciding to go through with previously planned trips involving on-the-water recreation. 

  • Celebrate your trophy catch with an AGFC award

    Celebrate your trophy catch with an AGFC award

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:52 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:52:33 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The AGFC is relaunching its Master Angler program under the direction of Mikki Moore, an administrative specialist in the Fisheries Division. Pins have been redesigned for each of the eight categories – black bass, bream, catfish, crappie, perch, temperate bass, trout and miscellaneous species. 

    The AGFC is relaunching its Master Angler program under the direction of Mikki Moore, an administrative specialist in the Fisheries Division. Pins have been redesigned for each of the eight categories – black bass, bream, catfish, crappie, perch, temperate bass, trout and miscellaneous species. 

  • Seniors’ fishing clinic and derby coming to Maumelle community

    Seniors’ fishing clinic and derby coming to Maumelle community

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:48:10 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program welcomes all anglers 65 years and older to come to Lake Valencia in Maumelle for the largest senior citizen community fishing event in Arkansas, 9 a.m. until noon, Friday, May 5.

    The AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program welcomes all anglers 65 years and older to come to Lake Valencia in Maumelle for the largest senior citizen community fishing event in Arkansas, 9 a.m. until noon, Friday, May 5.

  • Adjustments to nonresident waterfowl permits proposed

    Adjustments to nonresident waterfowl permits proposed

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:30:17 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    There may be some limits to the amount of time nonresident hunters may pursue waterfowl on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission controlled wildlife management areas in the next year. 

    There may be some limits to the amount of time nonresident hunters may pursue waterfowl on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission controlled wildlife management areas in the next year. 

  • Commission partners to open 850 acres to hunters in northeast Arkansas

    Commission partners to open 850 acres to hunters in northeast Arkansas

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:04:32 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Commissioners unanimously voted to enter a new partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to include 850 acres of the AHTD’s Glaise Creek Mitigation Bank into Departee Creek WMA in White County at yesterday’s scheduled meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  

    Commissioners unanimously voted to enter a new partnership with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to include 850 acres of the AHTD’s Glaise Creek Mitigation Bank into Departee Creek WMA in White County at yesterday’s scheduled meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  

  • Hot Springs resident lands fish worth $1,000

    Hot Springs resident lands fish worth $1,000

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-04-19 21:13:25 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Jonathan Hawthorn of Hot Springs is $1,000 richer after catching a $1,000 prize fish April 13 in the 2017 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. Hawthorn was fishing just below Carpenter Dam Thursday night. 

    Jonathan Hawthorn of Hot Springs is $1,000 richer after catching a $1,000 prize fish April 13 in the 2017 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. Hawthorn was fishing just below Carpenter Dam Thursday night. 

  • Trout fishing seminar scheduled at Heber Springs visitor center

    Trout fishing seminar scheduled at Heber Springs visitor center

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-04-19 21:08:21 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Anglers looking to take their trout-fishing game to the next level are invited to a special intermediate trout-fishing seminar, hosted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center in Heber Springs from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29. 

    Anglers looking to take their trout-fishing game to the next level are invited to a special intermediate trout-fishing seminar, hosted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center in Heber Springs from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29. 

  • Black Bass Program featured in Henderson State University habitat project

    Black Bass Program featured in Henderson State University habitat project

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-04-19 21:02:44 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Nearly 100 cedar trees destined for the burn pile were repurposed as fish habitat at DeGray Lake, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Black Bass Program and Henderson State University’s Biology Club and Fishing Team in March. 

    Nearly 100 cedar trees destined for the burn pile were repurposed as fish habitat at DeGray Lake, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Black Bass Program and Henderson State University’s Biology Club and Fishing Team in March. 

  • Northwest Arkansas nature and education center plans taking shape

    Northwest Arkansas nature and education center plans taking shape

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-04-19 20:55:20 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    Split Rock Studios, a Minneapolis-based company that focuses on exhibits and displays for facilities such as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nature centers, will meet with AGFC officials Wednesday, April 26, to discuss ideas for the proposed Northwest Arkansas Nature and Education Center in Springdale. 

    Split Rock Studios, a Minneapolis-based company that focuses on exhibits and displays for facilities such as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nature centers, will meet with AGFC officials Wednesday, April 26, to discuss ideas for the proposed Northwest Arkansas Nature and Education Center in Springdale. 

  • Springdale residents arrested in elk-poaching case

    Springdale residents arrested in elk-poaching case

    Monday, April 17 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-04-17 22:11:14 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Three Springdale residents have been arrested for poaching two bull elk in north-central Arkansas. The dead elk were found earlier this year on a county road near the Newton/Madison county line. 

    Three Springdale residents have been arrested for poaching two bull elk in north-central Arkansas. The dead elk were found earlier this year on a county road near the Newton/Madison county line. 

  • Six arrested after seven-month investigation

    Six arrested after seven-month investigation

    Monday, April 17 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-04-17 22:05:07 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Three White County residents and three Pope County residents have been arrested in connection with illegal hunting in Colorado and Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked jointly in the investigation.

    Three White County residents and three Pope County residents have been arrested in connection with illegal hunting in Colorado and Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked jointly in the investigation.

  • American hunters say they hunt mostly for meat

    American hunters say they hunt mostly for meat

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 2:12 PM EDT2017-04-05 18:12:56 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)
    HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (AGFC) – Survey research shows that American hunters most often name the meat as their most important reason for hunting, and that the percentage of hunters who hunt mainly for the meat continues to grow. Responsive Management, which has tracked hunting participation for almost three decades, recently released the latest results of a survey question put to U.S. hunters since 2008. Asked to choose their single, most important reason for hunting from a list ...
    HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (AGFC) – Survey research shows that American hunters most often name the meat as their most important reason for hunting, and that the percentage of hunters who hunt mainly for the meat continues to grow. Responsive Management, which has tracked hunting participation for almost three decades, recently released the latest results of a survey question put to U.S. hunters since 2008. Asked to choose their single, most important reason for hunting from a list ...
  • Former AYSSP athlete claims national trap title

    Former AYSSP athlete claims national trap title

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 1:53 PM EDT2017-04-05 17:53:07 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    A product of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Youth Shooting Sports Program won a college national championship last week in San Antonio. Grace Brown, a University of the Ozarks junior, won her national title in international bunker trap at the Association of College Unions International Collegiate National Tournament on Wednesday, March 29. 

    A product of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Youth Shooting Sports Program won a college national championship last week in San Antonio. Grace Brown, a University of the Ozarks junior, won her national title in international bunker trap at the Association of College Unions International Collegiate National Tournament on Wednesday, March 29. 

  • Check your turkey, track the harvest on AGFC website

    Check your turkey, track the harvest on AGFC website

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 1:50 PM EDT2017-04-05 17:50:30 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC

    Get near real-time updates on Arkansas’s turkey season beginning with the special youth turkey hunt this Saturday, April 8. With the new online licensing system, you can buy your license, check your turkey and keep tabs on the statewide harvest, all through the same site. 

    Get near real-time updates on Arkansas’s turkey season beginning with the special youth turkey hunt this Saturday, April 8. With the new online licensing system, you can buy your license, check your turkey and keep tabs on the statewide harvest, all through the same site. 

  • AGFC holds meeting on improving duck hunting season

    AGFC holds meeting on improving duck hunting season

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:34:15 GMT
    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:49:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a meeting for duck hunters in Jonesboro on how they plan to improve the duck-hunting season.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a meeting for duck hunters in Jonesboro on how they plan to improve the duck-hunting season.

  • Turkey crashes through windshield of SUV

    Turkey crashes through windshield of SUV

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:39 PM EDT2017-03-28 16:39:33 GMT
    Tuesday, March 28 2017 1:04 PM EDT2017-03-28 17:04:21 GMT

    A family is OK after 30-pound tom turkey went through the windshield of their SUV.

    A family is OK after 30-pound tom turkey went through the windshield of their SUV.

  • AGFC K-9 unit tracks down win at manhunt field trials

    AGFC K-9 unit tracks down win at manhunt field trials

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:37 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:37:35 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Tracking dog teams from corrections units across the South came together March 6-10, to compete in the 18th Annual Southern States Manhunt Field Trials at the Camp Robinson Special Use Area in Mayflower. 

    Tracking dog teams from corrections units across the South came together March 6-10, to compete in the 18th Annual Southern States Manhunt Field Trials at the Camp Robinson Special Use Area in Mayflower. 

  • Natural State darters seeing federal attention

    Natural State darters seeing federal attention

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:33 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:33:14 GMT
    (Source: USFWS)(Source: USFWS)

    Arkansas’s darter population has received good news for one species, while another distant relative is getting some federal help for its survival. The Arkansas darter is no longer on the endangered species list. It is extremely rare in its namesake state (actually, its name comes from the Arkansas River after discovery in a tributary in Kansas in the 1800s). 

    Arkansas’s darter population has received good news for one species, while another distant relative is getting some federal help for its survival. The Arkansas darter is no longer on the endangered species list. It is extremely rare in its namesake state (actually, its name comes from the Arkansas River after discovery in a tributary in Kansas in the 1800s). 

  • New netting method leading changes in crappie management

    New netting method leading changes in crappie management

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:32 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:32:27 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Managing a fishery isn’t just stocking, creating habitat, fertilizing and adjusting harvest regulations. Biologists must have a true picture of what a population of a certain fish species in the lake looks like before they make changes, and they have to keep tabs on that population. 

    Managing a fishery isn’t just stocking, creating habitat, fertilizing and adjusting harvest regulations. Biologists must have a true picture of what a population of a certain fish species in the lake looks like before they make changes, and they have to keep tabs on that population. 

  • Commission approves purchase of Stone Prairie in Faulkner County

    Commission approves purchase of Stone Prairie in Faulkner County

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:29 AM EDT2017-03-23 13:29:44 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 989 acres known as Stone Prairie from The Nature Conservancy at the Commission’s March 15 meeting. The property, which borders a portion of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area, will be added to the Commission’s system of wildlife management areas for public use with a special emphasis on quail restoration. 

    Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 989 acres known as Stone Prairie from The Nature Conservancy at the Commission’s March 15 meeting. The property, which borders a portion of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area, will be added to the Commission’s system of wildlife management areas for public use with a special emphasis on quail restoration. 

  • Popular ATVs recalled for fire, burn hazard

    Popular ATVs recalled for fire, burn hazard

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:21:33 GMT
    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:21:33 GMT

    Polaris has recalled thousands of ATVs because of fire and burn hazards.

    Polaris has recalled thousands of ATVs because of fire and burn hazards.

  • Commission approves purchase of Stone Prairie in Faulkner County

    Commission approves purchase of Stone Prairie in Faulkner County

    Friday, March 17 2017 9:54 AM EDT2017-03-17 13:54:06 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

     Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 989 acres known as Stone Prairie from The Nature Conservancy at today’s scheduled meeting. The property, which borders a portion of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area, will be added to the Commission’s system of wildlife management areas for public use with a special emphasis on quail restoration. 

     Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 989 acres known as Stone Prairie from The Nature Conservancy at today’s scheduled meeting. The property, which borders a portion of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area, will be added to the Commission’s system of wildlife management areas for public use with a special emphasis on quail restoration. 

  • Valley View girl, Acorn boy take top honors at Archery State Championship

    Valley View girl, Acorn boy take top honors at Archery State Championship

    Friday, March 10 2017 2:15 PM EST2017-03-10 19:15:43 GMT

    By scant millimeters, Addison Roberts from Valley View in the girls division and Chantry Blake from Acorn (Polk County) in the boys division won first-place scholarships Saturday in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. 

    By scant millimeters, Addison Roberts from Valley View in the girls division and Chantry Blake from Acorn (Polk County) in the boys division won first-place scholarships Saturday in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. 

  • NRCS Announces Free Conservation Planning

    NRCS Announces Free Conservation Planning

    Friday, March 10 2017 2:11 PM EST2017-03-10 19:11:32 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Landowners in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy and Stone counties can request a free conservation plan through a pilot program offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

    Landowners in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy and Stone counties can request a free conservation plan through a pilot program offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

  • Hot Spring County officer named Wildlife Officer of the Year

    Hot Spring County officer named Wildlife Officer of the Year

    Friday, March 10 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-03-10 19:01:23 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Shikar-Safari Club International recently recognized Wildlife Officer First Class Steve Paul as the 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year for the state of Arkansas. 

    Shikar-Safari Club International recently recognized Wildlife Officer First Class Steve Paul as the 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year for the state of Arkansas. 

  • AGFC asking anglers for feedback

    AGFC asking anglers for feedback

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 7:12 PM EST2017-03-09 00:12:22 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Ask some anglers about their latest trip and you may hear stories of fish so large even the photos weighed five pounds, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking for some honest feedback in a new survey being mailed next week. 

    Ask some anglers about their latest trip and you may hear stories of fish so large even the photos weighed five pounds, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking for some honest feedback in a new survey being mailed next week. 

  • 2016 boating accident report shows room for improvement

    2016 boating accident report shows room for improvement

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 6:05 PM EST2017-03-01 23:05:28 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    As the warmth of spring begins to creep back into the forecast and people’s minds begin drifting back to angling and other fun to be had on the water, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to make sure they have a properly fitting, working life jacket for every person on board the boat.

    As the warmth of spring begins to creep back into the forecast and people’s minds begin drifting back to angling and other fun to be had on the water, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to make sure they have a properly fitting, working life jacket for every person on board the boat.

  • West Memphis native first to ever win back-to-back FLW events

    West Memphis native first to ever win back-to-back FLW events

    Monday, February 20 2017 3:34 PM EST2017-02-20 20:34:11 GMT
    (Source: FLW)(Source: FLW)

    West Memphis native Mark Rose took home top prize in Fishing League Worldwide in Jonestown, Texas, this weekend.

    West Memphis native Mark Rose took home top prize in Fishing League Worldwide in Jonestown, Texas, this weekend.

  • Harvesting trees essential to wildlife management

    Harvesting trees essential to wildlife management

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-02-15 23:49:12 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Every year, a few hunters who enjoy public land hunting on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas will arrive to their traditional stand location only to realize that their favorite tree to hang a stand in has been removed by a logging operation during the summer.

    Every year, a few hunters who enjoy public land hunting on Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas will arrive to their traditional stand location only to realize that their favorite tree to hang a stand in has been removed by a logging operation during the summer.

  • Gator leaps onto Florida airboat live on Facebook

    Gator leaps onto Florida airboat live on Facebook

    This unbelievable video was recorded Tuesday on Facebook Live by Tylor Hindery while visiting Florida. 

    This unbelievable video was recorded Tuesday on Facebook Live by Tylor Hindery while visiting Florida. 

  • NRCS announces $20 million available to help Arkansas landowners restore wetlands

    NRCS announces $20 million available to help Arkansas landowners restore wetlands

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 3:23 PM EST2016-12-07 20:23:23 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    Arkansas USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan recently announced the availability of $20 million to help landowners protect and restore wetlands across the state and in two special project areas.

    Arkansas USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan recently announced the availability of $20 million to help landowners protect and restore wetlands across the state and in two special project areas.

  • The Nature Conservancy acquires Mt. Judea area mountaintop for new nature preserve

    The Nature Conservancy acquires Mt. Judea area mountaintop for new nature preserve

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 5:46 PM EST2016-11-30 22:46:28 GMT
    (Source: AGFC)(Source: AGFC)

    The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas recently purchased 1,425 forested acres on a mountain near Mt. Judea along Big Creek. The Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo River Foundation, a local land trust, are working together to raise funds for and conserve the property.

    The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas recently purchased 1,425 forested acres on a mountain near Mt. Judea along Big Creek. The Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo River Foundation, a local land trust, are working together to raise funds for and conserve the property.

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  • Who is legally not allowed to buy a gun?

    Who is legally not allowed to buy a gun?

    Tuesday, June 14 2016 7:54 PM EDT2016-06-14 23:54:58 GMT
    (Credit: KMOV)(Credit: KMOV)

    Gun laws are the talk amongst officials after the mass shooting in Orlando

    Gun laws are the talk amongst officials after the mass shooting in Orlando

  • Dangers of dry weather during hunting season

    Dangers of dry weather during hunting season

    Friday, November 11 2016 10:03 PM EST2016-11-12 03:03:01 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    While hunters will be dressed in orange to keep themselves safe, there is another danger they might need to know about.

    While hunters will be dressed in orange to keep themselves safe, there is another danger they might need to know about.

  • Several MO counties saw top deer harvest in 2015

    Several MO counties saw top deer harvest in 2015

    Thursday, October 13 2016 6:18 AM EDT2016-10-13 10:18:00 GMT

    Harvest numbers from 2015 have been released and you may want to rethink where you hunt.

    Harvest numbers from 2015 have been released and you may want to rethink where you hunt.

  • Cabela's food dehydrators recalled due to fire risk

    Cabela's food dehydrators recalled due to fire risk

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were nine reports of the commercial-grade, stainless steel dehydrators malfunctioning.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were nine reports of the commercial-grade, stainless steel dehydrators malfunctioning.

  • Bald eagle numbers, sightings on the rise in Missouri

    Bald eagle numbers, sightings on the rise in Missouri

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 11:42 PM EDT2016-10-13 03:42:39 GMT

    In just the last two weeks the Missouri Department of Conservation received two reports of injured bald eagles in southeast Missouri.

    In just the last two weeks the Missouri Department of Conservation received two reports of injured bald eagles in southeast Missouri.

  • Hunters upset with gates at Dunklin Co. conservation area

    Hunters upset with gates at Dunklin Co. conservation area

    Monday, September 19 2016 10:15 PM EDT2016-09-20 02:15:37 GMT
    (Source: Jason Bishop/KFVS)(Source: Jason Bishop/KFVS)

    As hunting season approaches some are upset about gates that cut off an access point to a popular hunting spot.

    As hunting season approaches some are upset about gates that cut off an access point to a popular hunting spot.

  • MDC adds major changes to harvesting deer this season

    MDC adds major changes to harvesting deer this season

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 10:25 AM EDT2016-09-07 14:25:31 GMT

    If you plan on deer hunting this season, there are some important new changes you need to know about.

    If you plan on deer hunting this season, there are some important new changes you need to know about.

  • Vicksburg woman catches record breaking alligator

    Vicksburg woman catches record breaking alligator

    Monday, August 29 2016 9:52 PM EDT2016-08-30 01:52:47 GMT
    Source: Tiffany WienkeSource: Tiffany Wienke

    Saturday was only Wienke's third time alligator hunting, but she says in the past she has seen 10 and 11 foot alligators, but nothing this monstrous.

    Saturday was only Wienke's third time alligator hunting, but she says in the past she has seen 10 and 11 foot alligators, but nothing this monstrous.

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