Outdoors

  Group concerned about lack of progress on lake project

An area once full of water and the lake life that it attracts, now sits empty.

WATCH: Bobcat caught on camera near Cherokee Village

A bobcat was recently caught on camera near Cherokee Village posing for a selfie.

Pelicans found shot to death near Batesville

Two pelicans found dead along the banks of the White River near Batesville.

‘This is how I’m dying’: Hunter recalls surviving deadly bear attack

A Florida man speaks about surviving a bear attack that killed his tour guide.

AGFC: Report road-killed deer to help monitor CWD

The AGFC is ramping up efforts to track chronic wasting disease.

Woman fights Crohn’s disease by fishing

Central Arkansas woman holds fishing event to raise money to fight disease

Labor Day Boating Safety Tips

If you plan on spending Labor Day soaking up some rays and being on a boat the US Coast Guard wants to remind you about some safety tips.

Bear hunting seminar slated for Fort Smith nature center

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

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

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.

Fisheries professionals focus on shorebound angling access

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.

Arkansas fighting Asian carp with angler awareness, baitfish regulations

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

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

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.

Apply for a special managed dove hunt

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.

Youth Fishing Derby Slated During Forrest Wood Cup

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.

Aquatic vegetation greets Forrest Wood Cup anglers on Ouachita

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.

AGFC adds 975 acres to Cypress Bayou WMA

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

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.

Gone fishing...for eternity

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

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.

Bass show increased trophy potential at Lake Ouachita

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 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.

Missouri may see elk hunt in next 2 years

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

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

AGFC hears first reading of 2019 fishing regulations proposals

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.

Leftover WMA Deer Hunt Permits available online 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.

Boat registration requires physical proof

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.

Senate bill proposes $1.3 billion added to wildlife conservation efforts

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.

Corps performing road maintenance at Norfork Lake Parks

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.

Arkansas alligator hunt permits drawn

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.

Help AGFC bring back Arkansas’s biggest sportfish

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

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.

Gov. Hutchinson welcomes 15 wildlife officers to 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.

Track Arkansas bears with the 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."

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

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.

Governor Hutchinson Appoints J.D. Neeley to 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.

Two men attempt to burn 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.

Lake Wilhelmina dam upgrades underway

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.

AGFC temporarily suspends issuing new permits for venomous or poisonous 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.

Become an outdoors-woman with 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.