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July 3, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Focus on habitat marks Dunklin’s seven-year AGFC term
STUTTGART – George Dunklin is not a real estate person with the familiar mantra of location, location, location. His focus is on wildlife with the theme of habitat, habitat, habitat.

Commission encourages adjacent landowners to stop irrigating around AGFC-owned lakes due to drought conditions
LITTLE ROCK – Due to the exceptionally hot and dry weather conditions this year, most Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lakes are experiencing lower than normal water levels. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U. S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, the drought conditions in Arkansas are predicted to persist or intensify at least through August.

Forestry commission works to suppress wildfires
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Forestry Commission suppressed wildfires in all eight fire districts yesterday. AFC Crews suppressed 20 wildfires that burned 240 acres. No homes were lost, but four homes were threatened. Two outbuildings were lost, and two outbuildings were threatened.

Shopher wins 2012 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza
LITTLE ROCK –Fishing in the Coal Pile area of the lower Arkansas River, David Shopher of McGehee caught a 6.27-pound largemouth bass to take the overall lead Sunday and win the 2012 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza.

Wildlife officers issuing special ice cream citations to kids
LITTLE ROCK – In an effort to promote kids wearing life jackets, the Enforcement Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be issuing special citations on the state’s waterways this summer. The citations will reward youths for being “caught” wearing their life jackets.
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