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June 22, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Commission approves trails and recreation facilities grant programs
LITTLE ROCK – At last week’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program and up to $500,000 for the Wildlife Recreation Facilities Pilot Program. The trails program grants were recommended by a committee of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The recreation facilities were recommended by the Arkansas Department of Rural Services.

Craig Campbell closes his AGFC term of major change
LITTLE ROCK – If you had to summarize Craig Campbell’s term as an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission commissioner in a word, it would be "change."

Top shotgunners take honors in Junior Olympic Qualifier
TILLAR – The best of Arkansas’s young trapshooters took gold, silver and bronze medals in the recent 2011 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in southeastern Arkansas.

AGFC continues innovative stocking program at the annual Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza
LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is inviting Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza participants to help stock more than 100,000 largemouth bass fingerlings in the Arkansas River during the statewide bass tournament this weekend.

Arkansas’s fifth alligator season begins in September
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has opened the on-line process to apply for a 2011 alligator hunting permit. The application period will end at midnight June 30.

Barnes, Henderson selected for Outdoor Hall of Fame
LITTLE ROCK – Two people who have been instrumental in several arenas of Arkansas outdoors and recreation advancements are the 2011 Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame inductees.

Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival begins June 24
JASPER – Anxious elk hunters will be focused on northern Arkansas and the popular Buffalo River Elk Festival this weekend. The festival is scheduled to begin Friday, June 24, and continue through Saturday, June 25. The award-winning festival began in 1998 to celebrate the successful reintroduction of elk to Newton County, and has been an annual event since.
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