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July 13, 2011 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

White-nose syndrome not detected in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – Officials from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) and the U.S. Forest Service have completed monitoring surveys for white-nose syndrome, a disease that affects many species of bats, and have not identified it in any monitored caves in Arkansas. White-nose syndrome is responsible for killing more than one million bats in the northeastern United States since it was first identified in 2006.

Topwater action can enliven the fishing dog days
LITTLE ROCK – Look for a bright side, fishermen, in these days of oppressive heat. Early morning excitement can sometimes jar you out of the doldrums on a still, tranquil lake.

Consider topwater lures for bass.

Duck numbers up slightly in breeding grounds survey
LITTLE ROCK – Smile, all you Arkansas duck enthusiasts. There is good news from up north.

The annual breeding grounds survey shows water is plentiful and duck numbers are up. But there are a couple of possible negatives.

More than 174,200 pounds of fish stocked in June
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked more than 2 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during June, according to Mark Oliver, chief of the Fisheries Division. The total stocking of fish weighed more than 174,200 pounds.
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