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July 11, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Mayflower pistol range re-opens July 14
MAYFLOWER – The pistol range at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range at Mayflower will re-open July 14. The pistol range had been closed since two ricochets were reported to the range staff in late March.

Federal survey shows mallard numbers up by 15 percent
LITTLE ROCK – All right, Arkansas duck hunters, we have good news and bad news for you. The good news may outweigh the bad news.

Jack Cox Scatter Creek Firing Range now open
PARAGOULD – The Jack Cox Scatter Creek Firing Range is now open. The range was temporarily closed for repairs and modifications in early June. A new baffle was constructed and the old baffle renovated. The new baffle provides increased safety for the range. 

Drawdown is underway at Blue Mountain Lake
PLAINVIEW – The U.S. Corps of Engineers has begun a drawdown of Blue Mountain Lake in an effort to improve aquatic vegetation, make repairs to launch ramps and buoys, and to complete other projects.

Mallard Lake water continues to drop due to drought
MANILA – The water level in Mallard Lake continues to fall due to the drought in northeast Arkansas. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries personnel lowered the water level 18 inches in the spring to replace the outlet pipe on the north levee.

Biologist saw changes in south Arkansas deer
CAMDEN – Charles Self has a ready answer for deer hunters who complain that the south Arkansas or Zone 12 season limit of six is too many. “Take a drive after dark on any of the roads down here. You’ll see why we need to take out more deer.”
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