Outdoors

  First ‘murder hornet’ nest in US discovered in Washington state

The world’s largest hornet at 2 inches long, the invasive insects can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to people.

  Women pursue conceal carry certifications

  Donation to help Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex

  FBI scrutinizing Northeast Arkansas land deal

MDC finds suspect in Carter Co. elk poaching case

Caught on camera: Curious bear interrupts man’s poolside nap

  840 alligators harvested in Miss. during hunting season

Continued Coverage

Mo. Dept. of Conservation revises regulations on coyote hunting, invasive species control

2 events in the works despite the cancellation of the Greene County Fair

Mo. Dept. of Conservation shares photo of giant walkingstick

  A new earthquake-fueled water trail is coming to Northeast Arkansas

  Jet skier saves drowning man

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging people to stay safe in the water

  Private hunting for dove hunters made public in Greene County

For sportsmen in Northeast Arkansas who enjoy dove hunting, a total of five plots ranging from 30 to 99 acres can now be hunted.

  Bear on quest for love spotted in Northeast Arkansas

A lovelorn bear that’s traveled hundreds of miles looking for a mate has made his way to Northeast Arkansas.

3 friends slain while preparing to fish at Florida lake

Three friends from Florida were beaten and shot after getting together to do some night fishing at a lake. The county sheriff described the killings as a massacre.

  Campground owners are seeing more people due to COVID-19

Campgrounds are filling up during the pandemic.

  AGFC on lookout for ‘highly contagious’ rabbit virus

  AGFC accepting applications for upcoming alligator hunt

Mo. State Parks reopen some visitor centers, offices

  Heartland boy saves family from nearly drowning on kayak trip

  Company official predicts mosquitoes to be bad this season

MDC proposes changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control

  Last chance to apply for Mo. Dept. of Conservation’s 1st elk hunts

The department will issue five permits for hunting bull elk with four being general permits for the public and one permit reserved for qualifying landowners.

Missouri health director warns revelers: Virus is still here

One video on social media shows a crammed pool at Lake of the Ozarks, with people lounging and playing close together, without masks.

Fire leads rescuers to lost hikers

A pair of hikers lost in Ozark National Forest in Baxter County can credit a fire they built with helping rescuers find them.

  Camping allowed with restrictions at Craighead Forest Park

The Craighead Forest Park lifted restrictions on camping and officials say the park will ensure sanitation.

MDC wants public comments on proposed bear-hunting season

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking initial public input on a proposed limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears, which would be open only to Missouri residents.

  Mo. State Parks campgrounds begin phased reopening

New reservations will be accepted on Monday, May 18, for arrival dates beginning Tuesday, May 26.

MDC reports spring turkey season ended with over 41,000 birds harvested

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 38,730 birds during Missouri’s 2020 regular spring turkey season, April 20 through May 10.

Facilities at some Mo. State Parks to reopen

Facilities at some Missouri State Parks will reopen.

Applications now accepted for 1st elk hunting season in Mo.

All elk hunting permits will be assigned through a random-lottery drawing.

Missouri State Parks announces phase 1 in resuming normal operations

Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, announced phase one of a phased approach to resuming normal operations.

MDC: “Give turtles a brake”

Because turtles are becoming more active this time of year, MDC wants drivers to be cautious on the roads and to give the reptiles a brake.

Mo. Dept. of Conservation: Turkey season not canceled

Missourians do not have to wait until November to enjoy a fresh turkey as its hunting season is upon us.

Facility closures extended at Lake Wappapello

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is extending facility closures at Lake Wappapello.

Mark Twain National Forest closes parks, reduces services

Mark Twain National Forest is temporarily closing several parks and reducing services at others.

  Busy state parks lead to debate about what should be open

Busy parks cause debate.

AGFC closes offices, nature centers, shooting ranges

The AGFC announced Friday it is extending the temporary closure of its offices, nature and education centers, and shooting ranges until further notice.

Woo, pig! Nearly 700 feral hogs removed from Arkansas

A 68-hour helicopter operation led to nearly 700 feral hogs removed from public and private lands, according to a Wednesday news release from the AGFC.

Share the Harvest program collects nearly 350,000 pounds of venison

To get Share the Harvest venison, officials said to contact local food banks or food pantries.

  Bald eagle found shot dead on county road

Col. Greg Rae, AGFC Chief of Enforcement said this act comes from pure hate and discontent.

Colorado woman fined for feeding deer in home

A Colorado woman was fined for multiple instances of feeding deer inside her home.

Mo. Dept. of Agriculture has backlog of 600 dicamba drift complaints

Farmers complain that dicamba drifts from other fields and kills their crops that are not dicamba-resistant.

  2020 Arkansas Sportshow comes to Jonesboro

Vendors showcased boats, ATV’s, hunting materials, and special snacks during the 3-day show.

Feral hog population to cause area WMAs, NWRs to close

At least three area Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuges will be closed this month as authorities seek to reduce the feral hog population in the area, officials said Thursday.

  Coyote, badger caught playing together on wildlife camera

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) caught the playful pair on camera in Northern California and posted the video on social media.

Norfork Lake to receive trees damaged during storm

The work of several groups and a student from Calico Rock High School helped make the difference recently as nearly 40 mature trees that were damaged during a January wind storm will provide new life at an area lake.

Missouri conservation officials search for person who shot, killed bald eagle

Officials are asking for help finding the person responsible

  AGFC to hold CWD public meeting in Batesville

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in Independence County.

  Big Lake NWR plans siphon installation, public input wanted

The siphon will transport excess water from Ditch 81 to a private property, helping with the wildlife habitat.

High water on Wappapello Lake causes facilities to close

Officials confirmed that the lake has crested.

  Caruthersville man injured in boating accident on Mississippi River

A Caruthersville man suffered serious injuries in an accident on a boat on the Mississippi River.

  DNR: Hunter fatally shot father, daughter after mistaking them for deer

Emergency officials say a father and his daughter were killed in a hunting accident when they were mistaken for deer in Colleton County on Wednesday.

  AGFC sets up locations for old Christmas trees

Even though the Christmas season is now over, there is a need to get rid of all of the leftover Christmas trees throughout the state.

Wildlife benefits from recycled Christmas trees, how you can help

Before your drop it off, remove all decorations from the tree.

  WATCH: Dash camera captures deer jumping over moving vehicle on Tennessee road

Talk about a close call!

148 deer in Tennessee test positive for deadly disease

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says 148 deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease so far this season.

Treehouse resort coming to Gatlinburg in 2020

The treehouses will be available on Airbnb and VRBO in the spring.

Mark Twain National Forest employees remove 705 tires from forest

Poplar Bluff Ranger District (PBRD) employees held three separate tire clean-ups, with a total of 705 tires removed.

  Deer found in Independence County tests positive for CWD

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reported Friday a deer in Independence County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Judge rules 1851 law doesn’t apply in Missouri boat case

Multiple lawsuits were filed against Ride the Ducks International, which owned the boat before Ripley Entertainment bought it.

European taxidermy workshop slated at Nature Center

The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will be having the workshop on European taxidermy Dec. 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the center.

Duck hunters see benefit from water levels, after work on dam done

The work on a degraded area of a dam in Poinsett County earlier this month by federal officials will help water levels in the area as well as duck hunting, officials said this week.

More than 170K deer harvested in Mo. in Nov. firearms season

Those numbers are lower than the 2018 November harvest.

Student captures photo of deer being butchered in N.C. nail salon

High Point University student Morgan Taylor came across an unexpected sight on Wednesday night after witnessing what appears to be an employee at a local nail salon butchering a deer carcass inside of the establishment.

  Mo. hunters help save deer stuck in fence

Dana Tranbarger said her husband, Buck Tranbarger, and his cousin found the deer with its back leg stuck at the top of a fence.

  Deer processing businesses very busy in Missouri’s opening weekend

Firearms season for November in Missouri ends on November 26.

Heartland hunter walks again after falling from tree stand

A Heartland hunter is opening up about his miraculous recovery after falling from a tree stand. He feels like lucky to be alive and is encouraging others hunters to prepare for the worst.

Florida hunter nearly loses leg, life when 10-foot-alligator bites him

Emergency surgery for the substantial injury to the hunter's right leg went well, and he suffered no nerve damage.

AGFC updates community on Lake Poinsett renovations

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials had their six-month meeting with Harrisburg citizens to discuss an update to the ongoing Lake Poinsett project.

Modern gun hunting season to start Saturday in Arkansas

Saturday marks the beginning of modern gun deer hunting season in Arkansas.

  Video: Bowhunter spots albino buck in northern Wisconsin

While driving near Middle McKenzie Lake, about 100 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Dan Mortenson saw an albino buck in the middle of the woods.

Young Mo. hunters harvest 18,158 deer in early youth portion

The early season lasted November 2-3.

Hardee’s offering free sausage biscuits to Arkansas deer hunters

Before you head out for the deer woods Thursday, Nov. 7, you might want to make a stop at Hardee’s.

  Not exactly grilled fish: Driver hits bass in Kansas

A Kansas man has a story to tell after he hit a fish. Well, actually, the fish hit him.

  Club works to place kids’ park downtown

Paragould’s Kiwanis Club is working hard to see a new park added to downtown Paragould.

  Arkansas fines farmer $105K for illegal herbicide in Clay Co.

The board concluded at a hearing that the farmer had 11 violations involving dicamba application on a field he farmed east of Piggott.

  Hunter dies after deer attacks him

Wildlife officials explain what happened and what hunters should know.​

Lake Poinsett project update expected next month

Area residents and people who like to fish will have an opportunity Nov. 12 to learn more about the ongoing renovations at Lake Poinsett State Park.

App helps AGFC, wildlife management with identification

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hunters can use the free Deer Hunting Observation Survey to keep track of animals in wildlife management efforts.