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Proposed early migratory bird seasons discussed

TEXARKANA – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today discussed this year’s dove season, the unofficial opening of Arkansas’s fall hunting season, at its monthly meeting in Texarkana.

Early-season migratory game-bird season selections must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Aug. 1. Approval for the early seasons will take place during the Commission’s July meeting. Changes from last season are minor.

Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove 
    Sept. 6-Oct. 25 and Dec. 20-Jan. 8

Teal Season 
    Sept. 13-28

Rail Season 
    Sept. 6-Nov. 14

Woodcock Season 
    Nov. 8-Dec. 22

Common Snipe Season 
    Nov. 1-Feb. 15

Purple Gallinule and Common Moorhen Season 
    Sept. 1-Nov. 9

Early Canada Goose Season 
    Sept. 1-15

Northwest Canada Goose Zone Season 
    Sept. 20-29

In other business, the Commission:

*Approved the AGFC budget for fiscal year 2014-15, totaling $88,123,246.

*Approved a budget increase of $200,000 to aid in the completion of the Lower Cache River Restoration Project.

*Turned down a 23-acre future land donation offer after AGFC personnel determined that the property was not suitable for a wildlife or nature preserve. The property is located on Highway 270 in Hot Spring County in a residential and agricultural area.

*Approved a budget increase of $540,987 to be used for State Wildlife Grant projects.

*Elected Ron Duncan of Springdale chairman of the Commission. Emon Mahony of El Dorado was elected vice chairman. The meeting was the last for out-going vice chairman Ty Patterson of Texarkana whose term expires this month.