SPRINGDALE – Waterfowl hunters on Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area will be allowed to leave their decoys in slough boats. The new regulation was approved during today’s meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held in Springdale.
The boats will be allowed at designated sites marked with yellow posts and signs. The decoys must be labeled with the hunter’s vehicle license number. Decoys and slough boats will be allowed overnight at the designated sites beginning on opening day of waterfowl season. The boats and decoys must be removed seven days after the last day of the regular waterfowl season.
In other business, the Commission:
*Heard a proposal on new boating regulations on wildlife management areas. The proposed regulation is designed to address unsafe boating issues during waterfowl season by assessing points for boating violations. Major problem areas on WMAs would be marked with warning signs.
*Received an update on wildlife officer enforcement activities in northwest Arkansas.
*Approved a budget increase of $43,200 to the City of Bryant for a Wildlife Recreation Facility Grant. The money comes from unobligated gas lease funds.
*Heard an update on activities, in northwest Arkansas, by the AGFC’s fisheries division.
*Approved a budget increase of $78,000 to improve a primitive boat ramp, add a parking area and pave a half-mile of road leading to the Wing Access on the Fourche La Fave River in Yell County.
*Received an overview of habitat improvement and woodland restoration efforts in the Ozark Highlands and Boston Mountains.
*Discussed a proposal for primate restrictions that would coincide with new state regulations that were approved by the legislature.
*Heard a proposal on new boating regulations on wildlife management areas. The proposed regulation is designed to address unsafe boating issues by assessing points to boating violations. Major problem areas on WMAs will be marked with warning signs.
*Approved a budget increase of $247,618 from the U.S. Department of Interior to complete state wildlife grant projects. The four projects include restoring Ozark prairie and woodlands; restoring and managing woodlands, savannas and glades in the Boston Mountain and Ozark Highlands; complete conservation planning and protection for sensitive karst areas and completing life history research on the southern hickorynut mussel.
*Approved the AGFC’s easement management role on just less than 278 acres in the Cache River Bayou DeView Watershed Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The Nature Conservancy is purchasing the conservation easement.