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February 9, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter


Arkansans hog national shotgun squad
Half of the 2011 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is from Arkansas.
Those five also are current or recent members of teams that compete in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, created and managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The announcement came in late January from USA Shooting, the governing body of Olympic shooting events.

Browning still firing toward Olympic goal
Kayle Browning of Greenbrier is a former AYSSP competitor and a current member of the USA Shooting National Development Team.

A winter bird box project? Keep it simple
As winter arrives, there are thoughts of building bird boxes in many Arkansas households.
It’s a good and beneficial winter project, one that can involve parents, kids and even an older generation.

Bird workshop, lake cruise set at Pinnacle Mountain
A day of activities for birding enthusiasts is planned for Saturday, Feb. 19, at Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock.
The birding workshop is set for 9 a.m.-noon. Lake cruises will run 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Richland Valley tract produces quick wildlife dividends
Usually, the purchase of land for wildlife management is an investment aimed at long-term dividends.
Richland Valley is a pleasant exception. Within months after a 2,880-acre tract was bought by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as an addition to its Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area, the tract had new residents such as elk moving on to it, and the trend is continuing.

Trumpeter swans thriving east of Heber Springs
More and more trumpeter swans again are enjoying their winter home east of Heber Springs. This year the count is more than 200.

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