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December 5, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of AGFC in Dave Donaldson Black River WMA case
LITTLE ROCK – This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in its lawsuit seeking just compensation from the United States Government for repeatedly flooding and, as a result, destroying thousands of acres of timber and habitat on Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area. In an 8-0 opinion, the Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision that overturned a $5.7 million trial court judgment for the AGFC.

AGFC contracts engineer for repairs to Spring River dam
LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week authorized Crist Engineers, Inc. of Little Rock to begin design of repairs to Dam 3 at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery. A flood in late April 2011 damaged the dam’s gates, forcing the AGFC to make temporary repairs to the site.

Flooding begins at Harris Brake WMA
PERRYVILLE – With a new water-control gate in place, flooding began this week on the 800-acre greentree reservoir north of Harris Brake Lake at Harris Brake Wildlife Management Area in Perry County.

Spotlighting case leads to 4 arrests for murder
LITTLE ROCK – Wildlife officer Ross Spurlock unpeeled only the first layer of an onion when he arrested a Jacksonville man for killing a deer out of season and at night.

Arkansan named to Ducks Unlimited board of directors
LITTLE ROCK – Ducks Unlimited has elected Vince Callahan of Proctor, to serve as an at-large member of the organization’s national board of directors.
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