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May 3, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


Weekend tragedies a stern reminder of the dangers of swift currents

PARON– The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone to be cautious and use good judgment when driving around water or deciding to go through with previously planned trips involving on-the-water recreation.Wildlife officers and other swift-water recovery teams were involved in many operations during the last week, but the work is far from over. 

Youth fishing tournament anglers encouraged to dump some brush on the AGFC

HOT SPRINGS – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has created a new award program specifically for youth fishing tournament organizations to help do their part in improving aquatic habitat in Arkansas reservoirs. Fishing tournament organizations affiliated with an Arkansas junior high, high school or college can apply for an award ranging from $500 to $1,000 to offset the costs of building and sinking brush piles and other habitat in Arkansas lakes.

Turkey harvest sees slight dip from last year

LITTLE ROCK – Turkey hunters in The Natural State checked 10,066 birds during the recently concluded season in April. This year’s season featured 16 days for all hunters and two more days at the front end of the season for the annual statewide youth turkey hunt. The regular season also features an earlier start,by five days, from the 2016 season, but leaving no quiet period between the end of the youth hunt and the beginning of the regular season. 

Bald Knob, Bergman top shots at regional trap qualifier

JACKSONVILLE– Despite gusting winds and storm clouds looming, trap shooting teams from Bergman and Bald Knob came out victorious in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s north regional qualifiers last Friday and Saturday.

New AGFC boat ramp and water trail included in tourism week celebration

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will join the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and other state and local partners at 10 a.m., Monday, May 8 at Little Rock’s Benny Craig Park (4610 Gum Springs Road) to celebrate one of the city’s overlooked outdoor recreation amenities — Fourche Creek. The event will include an unveiling of new directional signs, a ribbon-cutting for a new boat ramp and guided canoe tours. 


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