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May 9, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

South Side Bee Branch, Batesville AYSSP squads snag regional titles LONOKE – Over 250 teams competed in this week’s Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program regional tournament. The Gun Slingers from South Side Bee Branch won the junior division and the Clay Commanders from Batesville won the senior division. The regional tournament was held May 4-5 at the Remington range near Lonoke.

Bacteria likely cause of Harris Brake fish kill
HARRIS BRAKE – A microorganism known as columnaris bacteria is the likely cause of a fish kill on Harris Brake Lake in Perry County. Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission tested the fish last week and found the bacteria.

Young Arkansas artists capture titles in fish art contest
LITTLE ROCK – Wildlife Forever has announced the winners of the 2012 State-Fish Art Contest. A panel of fish artists and honorary judges selected 142 winners from a field of thousands to be "the best of the best" in their state and grade category and for the international entries in each grade category.

Shotgunners take top honors in Junior Olympic Qualifier
TILLAR – Austin Odom of Benton and Amber Culwell of Rose Bud are the top trapshooters in Arkansas high school ranks these days. They were the overall winners in the recent 2012 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in southeastern Arkansas.

Tagged catfish are being stocked around the state
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fisheries Program is continuing their efforts to get families involved in fishing with a tagged catfish campaign. Thousands of channel catfish from the AGFC’s warm-water hatchery facilities are currently being stocked at several locations around the state.
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