The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has activated many options for hunters to test their harvested deer for chronic wasting disease for the upcoming hunting season. All methods to test deer for CWD in Arkansas are voluntary and most are free of charge to the hunter.
Dove hunters will have several opportunities for public hunting starting Saturday, Sept. 1, the opening day of the season – at least if weather cooperates between now and then. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission prepares some fields each year on its wildlife management areas, and this year has 16 fields planned for hunters' access.
Arkansas deer hunters saw a big change in the way they could check their deer last year. Many, however, were left wanting their old waterproof game tags to ensure their deer were properly marked. This year those tags are right inside the annual hunting guidebooks being delivered to stores across the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Army Corps of Engineers' Mountain Home Project Office will be performing maintenance for the next two to three weeks at several boat launch ramps and parking areas on Bull Shoals Lake. Road maintenance will be performed at the Lakeview launch ramp, Theodosia campground launch ramp, Highway 125 launch ramp, Buck Creek launch ramp, and Beaver Creek launch ramp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.