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December 12, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Storm-clogged boat lanes cleared with tree eaters
PEACH ORCHARD – Hard-hit Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area is getting back on its feet, helped by some intensive and innovative restoration work.

How’s your habitat?
Hinge Cutting – Improve your habitat in just one weekend.
by Ted Zawislak, AGFC Private Lands Biologist
LITTLE ROCK – Looking for a way to improve habitat on your land? Hinge cut openings are a relatively cost-effective way to create more wildlife habitat diversity in low quality forested areas. Hinge cutting is simply done by cutting halfway through the tree. The tree falls and creates instant cover but does not die, so it continues to produce leaves and vertical shoots.

Donated Christmas trees get second life as fish habitat
LITTLE ROCK – Ask any Arkansas fisherman and you'll get a multitude of answers about how they feel when it comes to underwater structure. Anglers may curse those logs and branches that snag their brand new lures, but they know that structure is a key to a successful outing.

Felsenthal NWR feral hogs infected with swine brucellosis and pseudorabies
CROSSETT – Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge officials, in cooperation with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Disease Program, collected biological samples from 46 feral swine during spring and summer 2012. Of the 46 pigs tested, 10 tested positive for swine brucellosis and 16 tested positive for pseudorabies.

“Made in USA” makes a difference to sportsmen, but price still a big factor
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL – When and sought to determine how much weight the “Made in USA” tag carried with sportsmen when making purchases of outdoor equipment, they found most respondents agreed that U.S.-made products were of better quality and it was important to buy them. They also discovered there is only so much most hunters and anglers are willing to pay for that label.
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