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April 4, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

U.S. Supreme Court to hear AGFC case on Dave Donaldson Black River WMA timber damage
LITTLE ROCK – This week, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission made a major advancement in its 7-year-long lawsuit against the United States Government for cost recovery of timber damages to its Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with AGFC’s argument to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision that overturned a lower court award in favor of AGFC.

Commission considers Arkansas hunting season proposals
LITTLE ROCK – During last week’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were presented with proposals for the 2012-13 hunting seasons. Commissioners will study the proposals and make a final decision at their April meeting.

Trappers association regional convention set for Russellville RUSSELLVILLE – The National Trappers Association will be sponsoring the 2012 Southeastern Regional Trapping and Outdoor Expo in Russellville April 13-15. The recreational experience will be hosted by the Arkansas Trappers Association in conjunction with the Russellville Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Online information can help with war on feral hogs
LITTLE ROCK – When you go to battle against a formidable enemy, it helps to have all the knowledge you can find. Feral or wild hogs are a foe to most Arkansans, especially owners and managers of land with sizeable amounts of woods, pastures and agricultural fields. The destructive hogs are hard to get a handle on, and it is virtually agreed by everyone that trapping is the way to reduce numbers of hogs rather than trying to do it by hunting.

Felsenthal NWR visitor center closed for remodel
CROSSETT – Nearly 25 years after its conception, the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge visitor center has closed its doors for remodeling. The visitor center promotes the natural landscape found on Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
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