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September 4, 2013 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Newcomers to fishing hits all-time high
Showing a resurgence in one of America's favorite pastimes, the number of Americans who go fishing is up, with more than 47 million people participating in 2012. Adding to the 42.5 million who are current or occasional anglers, more than 4.5 million first-timers tried fishing in 2012, a significant increase from 2011 and the highest number of new participants ever recorded.

Food plots can be key to deer hunting
LITTLE ROCK – Food plots can be a key ingredient to improving one’s deer hunting recipe. Not only are they more nutritional, but they are also much more productive than feeders dispensing corn, according to wildlife biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Carefully designed and crafted food plots provide much more than just deer food. They may actually increase your chances of successfully harvesting a deer.

Leftover WMA deer hunting permits go on sale Sept. 9
LITTLE ROCK – Leftover deer hunt permits will only be available for online purchase beginning 8 a.m. on Sept. 9. Several AGFC WMAs throughout the state have a limited number of permits left over for modern gun, muzzleloader and youth permits. These permits are $10 each and must be paid for with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.

House finches hit by disease linked to bird feeders
RUSSELLVILLE – House finches, those numerous red-streaked and brown-streaked birds all over Arkansas, have been hit by an outbreak of a disease that may be spawned at bird feeders.

Wood and McKinnis receive Hall of Fame Legacy Award
LITTLE ROCK – Jerry McKinnis remembers the moment his destiny was determined. It occurred on a White River boat dock below Bull Shoals Dam in 1958.

AGFC night at I-30 Speedway is Sept. 14
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Night at I-30 Speedway in Alexander will be Saturday, Sept. 14. The special event will raise funds for boating safety education work in the state.
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