MAYFLOWER (AGFC) -
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Boone Pond retriever training
area at Camp Robinson Special Use Area will play host to the Super
Retriever Series May 31-June 2.
Retriever Series sanctions hunting retriever competitions across the
country, but the May 31-June 2 event near Mayflower is part of a
fund-raising effort to expand the popular Boone Pond training area at
Camp Robinson SUA.
has extremely high use at certain times of year," said AGFC wildlife
biologist Matt Mourot. "Sometimes, there are dozens of people and
retrievers using the area on a daily basis."
For the past
two years, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been working with
the Pin Oak Hunting Retriever Club and the Super Retriever Series to
expand the highly popular retriever training area located off of
Arkansas Highway 89 east of Mayflower. In 2012, the AGFC provided
equipment and labor to clear an additional 25 acres adjacent to the
existing training area. The retriever club has raised money and
solicited in-kind donations of equipment and materials.
"A few years
ago, we began to see that there was a high demand, and we felt like we
needed to add to it," said Larry McMurry, a retriever trainer and member
of the Pin Oak HRC. "People were pulling up and leaving because it was
so crowded at times."
Pin Oak HRC and other members of the state's retriever training
community, the AGFC originally developed the Boone Pond training area on
Camp Robinson SUA in 2000. Use of the area skyrocketed over the next
decade, including the use by the Super Retriever Series for nationally
The AGFC and
retriever training groups saw an opportunity to expand the area
following a tornado that devastated timber near the Boone Pond training
area in the spring of 2011. The Super Retriever Series was set to hold
an event there shortly after the tornado struck but couldn't access the
area because of an abundance of downed timber. The AGFC cleaned up the
mess in time for the SRS to hold its event, and last summer the AGFC
cleared additional timber and storm debris to prepare an additional 25
acres for future development.
The Pin Oak
HRC, Super Retriever Series and other Arkansas retriever clubs hope to
construct a training pond on the additional 25 acres and create
additional opportunities for retriever training enthusiasts.
information on the ongoing project or the May 31-June 2 Super Retriever
Series competition, contact Larry McMurry at 501-580-1953 or by email at