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January 26, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Hitchcock named AGFC director
Brazil becomes deputy director as new leadership emerges
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week named 25-year veteran Loren Hitchcock to serve as the agency's director. Hitchcock, who began his career with the AGFC in 1985, has served as interim director since Sept. 1. Hitchcock was elected by acclamation with the support of all seven commissioners.

Discussion topics listed for upcoming hunter input meetings
Some topics for discussion at the Tuesday, Feb. 1, series of hunter input meetings have been listed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Wildlife Management staff.

AGFC employees receive service awards
Twenty-seven Arkansas Game and Fish Commission employees were honored for their years of service to the agency during last week's commission meeting. The group represented 265 years of experience at the AGFC.

Mayflower range to close during renovation
The popular Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range near Mayflower will be closed while construction of shooting positions and renovations to the skeet fields are completed. The range will be closed at various times beginning Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Hunters and wildlife watchers urged to report swans
Hunters and wildlife watchers are urged to help count and identify Arkansas' wintering swan populations.
Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird program leader with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said "Numbers of both trumpeter and tundra swans wintering in Arkansas appear to be on the increase. Some of these swans are wearing neck collars that can tell us the state of origin of the swan. We need the public's assistance in not only reporting the location of the swans, more importantly we need their assistance in noting the collar color and reading the alpha numeric code on the collars."

Eagle tours on Beaver Lake scheduled in February
If you are interested in eagles in northwest Arkansas, numerous opportunities are coming up in February at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area near Rogers.
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