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April 19, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports regional tournaments begin April 28

JACKSONVILLE– Student athletes from across Arkansas will gather at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville each weekend, beginning April 28, to take their shots at the regional and state championship tournaments of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program. 

Springdale residents arrested in elk-poaching case

JASPER– Three Springdale residents have been arrested for poaching two bull elk in north-central Arkansas. The dead elk were found earlier this year on a county road near the Newton/Madison county line. 

Northwest Arkansas nature and education center plans taking shape

SPRINGDALE- Split Rock Studios, a Minneapolis-based company that focuses on exhibits and displays for facilities such as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nature centers, will meet with AGFC officials Wednesday, April 26, to discuss ideas for the proposed Northwest Arkansas Nature and Education Center in Springdale.

Black Bass Program featured in Henderson State University habitat project

ARKADELPHIA– Nearly 100 cedar trees destined for the burn pile were repurposed as fish habitat at DeGray Lake, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Black Bass Program and Henderson State University’s Biology Club and Fishing Team in March. 

Trout fishing seminar scheduled at Heber Springs visitor center

HEBER SPRINGS - Anglers looking to take their trout-fishing game to the next level are invited to a special intermediate trout-fishing seminar, hosted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center in Heber Springs from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29. 

Six arrested after seven-month investigation

ROMANCE– Three White County residents and three Pope County residents have been arrested in connection with illegal hunting in Colorado and Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service worked jointly in the investigation. 

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Hot Springs resident lands fish worth$1,000

HOT SPRINGS – Jonathan Hawthorn of Hot Springs is $1,000 richer after catching a$1,000 prize fish April 13 in the 2017 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. Hawthorn was fishing just below Carpenter Dam Thursday night. He wasn’t having any luck with his own fishing rig, so he switched to his girlfriend's rod and reel.Twenty minutes later, a 1.6-pound white bass hit his refrigerator white jig.

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