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April 5, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


Check your turkey and track the harvest on

LITTLE ROCK – Get near real-time updates on Arkansas’s turkey season beginning with the special youth turkey hunt this Saturday, April 8. With the new online licensing system, you can buy your license, check your turkey and keep tabs on the statewide harvest, all through the same site. Thanks to the switch to online and telephone checking, results are posted as soon as they are verified.Anyone can view up-to-date information by going to and clicking on the“Check Your Success” button underneath the main banner. You also can go directly to the new licensing and checking site by visiting Checking your turkey also may be done via phone at 844-5AR-HUNT (844-527-4868). 

Biologists planning Lake Poinsett revival

HARRISBURG– The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to conduct an intensive renovation to Poinsett Lake in northeast Arkansas beginning in July. The lake will be drained during the renovation, which is expected to last until 2020. 

Former AYSSP athlete claims national trap title

CLARKSVILLE– A product of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Youth Shooting Sports Program won a college national championship last week in San Antonio. Grace Brown, a University of the Ozarks junior, won her national title in international bunker trap at the Association of College Unions International Collegiate National Tournament on Wednesday, March 29. 

Trout on the line for new seasonof Arkansas Wildlife Television

LITTLE ROCK – Warmer weather and bright sunny days bring out the angler in all of us, and Arkansas Wildlife Television is spooling up for another great season full of fishing, fun and the outdoors.Catch all the action from the first episode of the season, focused on Arkansas’s famous trout waters. Each episode will be available the Monday after the initial airing of that episode. Visit;=PLXNEdFdkJMucFtzKndv3GJlZRI3MtwH9o, and hook into some action in the Ozarks.

Hot Springs Fishing Challenge kicks off early

HOT SPRINGS – For five years, the annual Hot Springs Fishing Challenge has drawn anglers to lakes Catherine and Hamilton in search of prize-winning fish from May-July. Each year, the largest prize-winning fish, “Big Al,” has eluded anglers. This year, Visit Hot Springs, the sponsors of the event, have stepped things up in pursuit of the evasive fish. In addition to upping his bounty to a massive $15,000 prize, the visitor’s bureau decided to move the dates for the challenge to begin in April and end in June.

From Our Partners in Conservation

Proportion of American hunters who saythey hunt mostly for meat continues to grow

HARRISONBURG,VIRGINIA – Survey research shows that American hunters most often name the meat as their most important reason for hunting, and that the percentage of hunters who hunt mainly for the meat continues to grow. Responsive Management, which has tracked hunting participation for almost three decades, recently released the latest results of a survey question put to U.S. hunters since 2008. Asked to choose their single, most important reason for hunting from a list that included for a trophy, to be close to nature, to be with family and friends,for the sport or recreation, or for the meat, about two in five hunters nationwide selected the latter reason—by far the most popular answer. (While research shows that hunters hunt for numerous reasons, this question was designed to identify their top reason.) 



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