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May 10, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter


2017-18 urban deer hunt application period open

LITTLE ROCK – The application period for Arkansas’s special urban bowhunts for the 2017-18 hunting season is now open and will run until 6:30 p.m., August 18.Hunters interested in participating in the Cherokee Village, Russellville, Fairfield Bay, Horseshoe Bend, Heber Springs and Hot Springs Village hunts should visit register online or contact J.D. Crawford

Shiloh Christian School, Accuracy in Motion win east regional trap-shooting tournament

JACKSONVILLE– Strong winds were prevalent for a second straight weekend at the Jacksonville Shooting Complex, but by Saturday the 129 senior division trap-shooting teams competing were greeted with plenty of sunshine and a little less wind for the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s west regional qualifiers. Shiloh Christian School’s senior high team won the senior division on Saturday, while the Accuracy In Motion/Gunsmoke club team from Madison, Washington and Carroll counties bested 84 teams in the breezy conditions of Friday’s junior division regional.

AGFC and partners begin Battle for the Bobwhite at Pea Ridge National Military Park, May 20

GARFIELD– On Saturday, May 20, a different sort of battle will shape up at the historic Pea Ridge National Military Park, “The Battle for the Bobwhite Field Day.” 

Unattended fawns likely not abandoned

LITTLE ROCK – Each spring, thousands of Arkansas deer give birth to fawns. And each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across one of these young deer sitting still in the tall grasses where it is hiding. But that abandoned fawn likely isn’t abandoned at all. In fact, its mother may be just out of sight, waiting for you to leave so she may tend to her young.

Fourche Creek featured on Arkansas Wildlife Television

LITTLE ROCK – The new boat ramp at Benny Craig Park on Fourche Creek was the focus of this week’s kickoff to National Travel and Tourism Week in Little Rock. As partof the celebration, guided float tours took visitors through a section of this special stream flowing right through Arkansas’s capital city. Arkansas WildlifeTelevision also featured Fourche Creek and the recreational opportunities available there in its most recent episode, which aired last weekend.

Hot Springs resident lands $1,000 whilefishing for dinner

HOTSPRINGS – Maurice Bradford of Hot Springs was fishing from the bank near theAndrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery on Lake Hamilton, looking to land enough fish for aSaturday evening dinner. At around 8 p.m., fishing with crickets, he snaggedsomething better: A $1,000 prize fish in the 2017 $86,000 Hot Springs FishingChallenge. It was a half-pound bluegill 8.5 inches long. 

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