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June 27, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Proposed early migratory bird seasons presented to commission STUTTGART – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week discussed dove season, the unofficial opening of Arkansas’s fall hunting season, at its monthly meeting in Stuttgart. Early-season migratory game-bird season selections must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Aug. 1. Approval for the early seasons will take place during the Commission’s July meeting. Changes from last season are minor.

25 hunters win public land elk permits for upcoming 2012 season JASPER – For 25 lucky hunters, the highlight of the Buffalo River Elk Festival was the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s drawing for public land elk hunting permits. The two-segment season will be Sept. 24-28 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

New Redfield fishing pier now open
REDFIELD – Anglers in Redfield now have a new facility on F.P. Baugh Park Lake. Last year, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program and up to $500,000 for the Wildlife Recreation Facilities Pilot Program.

There is still time to enter the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza
LITTLE ROCK – If you have waited, procrastinated or just forgotten to enter the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, don’t fret. You can still get into the competition. On-site entries are accepted at the five weigh-in sites even after the actual competition has started. It costs $90 a day to fish in the Bonanza Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 29-July 1.

AGFC to begin feral cat trapping effort at Barnett Access
HEBER SPRINGS – The Barnett Access on the Little Red River is being overrun with feral cats. Due to the interaction between the public and feral cats, and the risk to human health, the AGFC is going to begin a trapping effort in July to remove the cats.
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