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July 3, 2013 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

25 hunters win public land elk permits for upcoming 2013 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 Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1.

Big Bass Bonanza’s $50,000 top prize goes to Swink
LITTLE ROCK – Jonathon Swink, a 28-year-old resident of DeValls Bluff, is leaving the Arkansas River with an extra $50,000, thanks to his day-one 6.63-lb. largemouth bass from the Coal Pile area of the river, 10 miles north of Dumas. Total anglers fishing during the 3-day tournament was 2,014 which was up over last year.

Fishermen hit the daily double over the weekend
HOT SPRINGS – Fishermen hit the daily double Saturday on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine by landing prize-winning fish in the 2013 $60,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge.

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters
LITTLE ROCK – This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.

Corps urges water safety over Independence Day
LITTLE ROCK – The Independence Day holiday is typically among the busiest times of the year at the region's lakes and rivers, and this year, will likely be no exception even with the holiday falling during the middle of the week. It is a great time for outdoor water fun, but Army Corps of Engineers officials advise everyone to practice good water safety habits.
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