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April 27, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

AGFC facilities damaged by week’s deadly weather
LITTLE ROCK – It’s been a difficult week for many Arkansans. Tornadoes, high winds, hail and flooding have wreaked havoc across the state. Several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities and properties have born the brunt of some of these storms. 

Flooding closes turkey hunting on Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA
STRAWBERRY – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today unanimously approved an emergency proclamation closing the upcoming permit turkey hunt on Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area in Lawrence County. Recent heavy rain has caused several rivers across Arkansas, including the Black River which courses through the WMA, to rise well above flood stages.

Commission sets 2011-12 hunting seasons in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week formally approved regulation changes as part of the 2011-12 hunting season-setting process. One major change increases the statewide deer bag limit from five deer to six deer with no more than two bucks. 

Meetings scheduled on Bayou Meto land swap
BAYOU METO – A land swap near Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area has been tentatively approved contingent upon the outcome of two public meetings being held by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 

Commission creates minimum age for harvest of big game
LITTLE ROCK – During last week’s meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Commissioners approved a minimum age requirement to harvest and check big game such as deer, turkey, elk and bear. The minimum harvest age for the upcoming seasons is now six. 

Nature center notes International Migratory Bird Day
LITTLE ROCK – International Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, May 7, and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock is celebrating it. Visitors are invited to join center staff in the international education program to learn about the most watchable of all wildlife – birds.
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