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May 7, 2014 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter

Unattended baby deer may not be abandoned
LITTLE ROCK – It’s the time of year when many people in Arkansas are finding newborn wildlife. The state is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and their offspring. Throughout the spring and summer, it is not uncommon to come across unattended baby wild animals. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission receives many calls about abandoned animals and what to do with them.

Shiloh, Berryville AYSSP squads snag regional titles
JACKSONVILLE – With perfect weather, over 200 teams competed in this opening weekend of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program regional tournaments. The Shiloh Christian Young Guns won the junior division and the Berryville Senior Squad 1 won the senior division. The regional tournament was held May 2-3 at the new Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation firing range at Jacksonville.

New Jacksonville firing range dedicated
JACKSONVILLE – Official dedication ceremonies were held last week for a new state‐of-­the-art public shooting range in Jacksonville. Several dignitaries, including Gov. Mike Beebe, were on hand for the dedication.

Conditions appear favorable for 2014 Big Bass Bonanza
LITTLE ROCK – Predicting conditions for a fishing competition several weeks in the future can be a lesson in futility. Still things are looking good at this point for the 2014 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza.

How’s your habitat?
“Weedy Waterfowls” by Bubba Groves, AGFC Private Lands Biologist, Southeast Arkansas Region LITTLE ROCK - Duck season has passed, and many hunters are now looking forward to warmer weather endeavors. Most hunters and birders will agree that a day’s success relies on seeing numbers and diversity of birds. Slowly draining or “drawing down” your flooded reservoirs or impoundments in early spring can provide favorable food and cover next winter. Preparation this spring can be the difference in plentiful waterfowl numbers next year or looking into an empty sky.
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