In 2007, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission revised the state deer management plan. The 2007 plan was the first including a focused effort to include members of the public in the decision-making process of deer management goals in Arkansas. Public meetings and focus groups provided excellent feedback about hot topics in deer management, and much of that feedback is reflected in the final plan.
Deer Management Advisory Groups
Deer management in Arkansas is a broad topic that generates a lot of passion among the deer hunting community. To address the issues involved in deer management, the AGFC formed three statewide deer management advisory groups to match the major physiographic regions of the state.
The groups represent diverse interests and backgrounds. They were a critical component in the 2007 Strategic Deer Management Plan and continue to be an excellent sounding board for management decisions based on the goals in that plan.