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December 21, 2016 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter to take a few weeks off

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Outdoors and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Weekly Fishing Report will not be produced Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 because of the holiday season. Following this week’s publication,the next issue of the AGFC’s electronic news release package will be Wednesday,Jan. 11. The Weekly Waterfowl Report will be issued through the holidays.

Bowfisherman sets new shortnose gar record

WARD– Bryson Harpole of Ward didn’t only set a new bar for shortnose gar in Arkansas’s fishing records on Nov. 1, 2016; he crushed the old record for unrestricted tackle. His bowfishing catch from Cypress Bayou WMA weighed an impressive 11 lbs. 12 oz., and measured over a yard long at 36.8 inches. The previous record, held by Robert Perkins of Conway and taken in Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir in 1998 was 6 lbs. 12 oz.

New trout regulations for Little Red River in effect Jan. 1

HEBER SPRINGS – Anglers visiting the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam in Heber Springs will find a few new regulations in place when they hit the water in 2017.

Donate your Christmas tree to boost angling action

LITTLE ROCK – Once the wrapping paper has been thrown away and the last drop of eggnog has been consumed, few people have a use for that evergreen tree that graced their home during the holiday season. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a new job for those leftover trees – as fish habitat. 

Electronic license option coming to Arkansas hunters and anglers soon

LITTLE ROCK – Hunters and anglers will be able to carry most of the necessary licensing paperwork on their mobile devices in 2017 if the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission goes through with the expected approval of its new computerized electronic licensing plan at its January Commission meeting. 

Commission approves data-sharing agreement for non-governmental conservation organizations

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a measure that will make it easier to work with non-governmental conservation agencies to help recruit new hunters, anglers and conservationists during its meeting Dec. 15. 

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