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October 2, 2013 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Date10/02/2013
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Shutdown curtails hunting and fishing on federal lands
LITTLE ROCK – The federal government shutdown is affecting fishing and hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reminding anglers, hunters, hikers, campers and others that the federal shutdown could change their plans.

AGFC to allow decoys in slough boats at Dave Donaldson Black River WMA
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 last week’s meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Elk viewers should keep off highway, private fields
PONCA – Elk viewing season has arrived. The magnificent animals are bugling and thousands of visitors are coming to Boxley Valley in western Newton County to watch and photograph the herds.

Hunters take 13 alligators during final weekend of season
LITTLE ROCK – Alligator hunters finished the final weekend of alligator season with 13 gators harvested. A total of 44 alligators were taken during the two weekend season.

Witsell named an Arkansas Visionary
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission botanist, Theo Witsell was recently named as one of 25 Visionary Arkansans by the Arkansas Times. The weekly publication explains that Witsell, and the others named Visionaries, received the honor because “they have ideas of transformative power.”

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