LITTLE ROCK – Beginning July 1, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will become a part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The Compact is an agreement between member states that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses across state lines. Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved the effective date for joining the Compact during today’s monthly meeting.
As a member of the Compact, Arkansas will share non-resident violation information with other member states. After the effective date, the AGFC will recognize the suspension of hunting and fishing privileges from other member states. Member states will, in turn, treat Arkansas resident’s conviction for wildlife offenses as if it had occurred in their state. There are currently 39 states in the compact.
AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said that any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Arkansas. “This cooperative interstate effort will improve our agency’s ability to protect and manage Arkansas’s wildlife resources,” he added.
In other business, the Commission:
*Authorized the AGFC Director to enter into a land exchange agreement with The Price Companies, Inc. of Monticello. The AGFC will trade 242 acres near the southeast corner of Cut-off Creek Wildlife Management Area for 185 acres of in-holdings owned by Price plus additional adjoining acreage to be identified. The land exchange is conditional upon appraisals to verify that acreage to be obtained by the AGFC be of equal or greater value to the 242-acre parcel, as well as meeting conditions for land disposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The AGFC also will perform an environmental assessment and land survey of the property. The Commission also approved a $10,000 budget increase for the cost of the environmental assessment, survey, title insurance and closing costs.
*Honored Joel Campora as the National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year. Campora died May 31, 2013 during a water rescue attempt in western Arkansas. Campora’s wife Rebecca accepted the award.
*Honored 20 employees, with a combined 235 years of service, for their work at the AGFC.
*Honored Bob Limbird as the 2013 recipient of the Mike Freeze Excellence in Fisheries Conservation Award.
*Honored Jackelyn Racey as the 2013 Fisheries Division Administrative Employee of Year.
*Approved grants of youth elk hunting permits (either sex) for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also received an either sex permit. The permits are for fundraising purposes and will be used during the October 2014 elk season.