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February 23, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Date02/23/2011
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Bear harvest second-highest on record
They didn’t beat last year’s record, but bear hunters still harvested the second-highest total in the state’s history. More than 450 bears were harvested during the 2010-11 season. During the 2009-10 season, hunters harvested a record 530 bears.

AGFC officer wins Turkey Federation award
Cpl. Roger Tate of Evening Shade (Sharp County) has been named the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 2011 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Dry Run Creek project receives national recognition
The American Fisheries Society recently recognized the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for its efforts to provide the public with high-quality fishing opportunities and aquatic education programs.

Quail seminar scheduled for nature center
Why has the bobwhite quail population declined? What is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission doing to reverse the trend? How can landowners manage property to benefit quail?

USDA announces $550,000 available for water conservation project
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan has set April 15 as the deadline to sign up for an Agricultural Water Enhancement Program project designed to conserve surface and groundwater, and improve pumping efficiency.

Outdoor classroom gardens promoted by Farm Bureau
Arkansas Farm Bureau has launched a program to encourage gardens at schools.

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