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February 8, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 17-20

LITTLE ROCK – The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will draw bird-watching enthusiasts from all walks of life to take a little extra note of our feathered friends this February 17-20. All it takes to participate is a little extra time and an eye for detail to identify birds you see. 

Drawdown and habitat create big bass surge at Lake Columbia

MAGNOLIA– If one lake in Arkansas can be called a sleeper for the big bass bite, Lake Columbia is certainly a contender. However, the recent boom in trophy-class catches may let the cat out of the bag soon enough. 

Unclaimed WMA turkey hunt permits available online Feb. 15

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be selling all unclaimed turkey hunt permits online at,beginning at 8 a.m., Feb. 15. 

Public input meeting scheduled for Lake Chicot anglers

LAKE VILLAGE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a special public input meeting regarding the future of fisheries management on Lake Chicot at 7p.m., Feb. 16, at the Lake Village Expo Center in Chicot County. 

From Our Partners in Conservation

USFWS announces 8th annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest

CONWAY – Although Endangered Species Day is May 19,the planning and work is well underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Natural Heritage 

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