Floodwaters keep out deer hunters

Floodwaters keep out deer hunters

CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Floodwaters may keep deer hunters out of the woods for now.

Dave Donaldson Wildlife Management Area is closed to deer hunters until the Black River goes down to at least nine feet.

The river is almost at 12 feet right now, meaning deer in the area have to seek higher ground.

According to a biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish, Zack Yancey, when a deer habitat is flooded they become very stressed.

The animals may have to swim through the water to get to higher ground and much of their food supply could be destroyed.

For these reasons, the area is closed to hunters until some of the water recedes.

"It would be an unfair advantage for deer hunters because these deer are already stressed," Yancey said. "They are already packed into an unnaturally high density on the high ground that is left."

Yancey said the river is slowly going down so it could be a week or two before the area opens back up for deer hunting.

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