Our Current Issue - A Century of Conservation: 1915-2015

Act 124: Conservation Comes to Arkansas
By the time the AGFC was created, it was almost too late - too late for game fish, too late for white-tailed deer and too late for sportsmen who were watching species disappear.  

Enforcement: Horseback to High Tech
In 1873, the Arkansas General Assembly determined that "sheriffs, constables, coroners, marshals, market-masters and police officers" should enforce game laws; few did.

Wildlife: Back in the Game
Despite regulations that were supposed to protect game animals, wildlife was in a tailspin by 1915 - a species-by-species effort was needed to save what was left.

Fisheries: Flush With Fingerlings
While wildlife was in danger of collapse in the 1920s, game fish caught in lakes and streams with dynamite, seines and illegal nets were being shipped to out-of-state markets.

WMAs and Lakes: Access for All
As deer, turkeys and bear began to recover and spread across the state, sportsmen and the AGFC realized that attitudes about access to private property were shifting.

A35 and 75: Amendment Milestones
Along with Act 124, two amendments to the Arkansas Constitution - approved during general elections in the 1940s and 1990s - shaped the agency and made it more stable.

Education: Nature Explained
The AGFC Education Division offers programs for kids and adults that couldn't have been imagined in 1915 when a fledgling agency had no employees and few resources.

  

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Act 124: Conservation Comes to Arkansas

By the time the AGFC was created, it was almost too late - too late for game fish, too late for white-tailed deer and too late for sportsmen who were watching species disappear.

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35 and 75: Amendment Milestones

Along with Act 124, two amendments to the Arkansas Constitution - approved during general elections in the 1940s and 1990s - shaped the agency and made it more stable.

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Sept./Oct. 2014 - Air Superiority

A breed of air gun made for more than pop cans and paper targets is getting attention from recreational shooters and small game hunters.

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Sept./Oct. 2014 - Salamanders

"Spring lizards" live all over Arkansas - but they're not actually lizards.

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May/June 2014 - Bobber Watchers and Bug Eaters

Most anglers cut their fishing teeth chasing bream with a cricket and a cane pole - the simplest way to have a good time outdoors.

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May/June 2014 - Getting Their Bearings

Arkansas bear cubs are exploring the slopes and chasms, and swamps and bottomlands, as they emerge from dens shared with their mothers.

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March/April 2014 -Saving for a Sunny Day

Arkansas is drawing up a plan for its water supply, which irrigates crops, provides drinking water, powers transportation and fills rivers.

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March/April 2014 - Take to the Timber

Arkansas's flooded hardwood forests aren't just more places to hunt ducks; they can create experiences in the outdoors like no other places.

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May/June 2013 - Waves of Wildlife

The Arkansas Water Trails program began when the first trail was dedicated in April 2009; now six trails cover 63 miles and more are coming.

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May/June 2013 - Delta Blues

The biggest blues in Helena aren't at the King Biscuit Blues Festival; they live just beyond the levee in the river made famous by Southern musicians.

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March/April 2013 - Beginning to Gobble

A veteran turkey hunter offers clues, tips and tricks for those who are just beginning to chase gobblers as spring brings another opportunity.

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January/February 2013 - Specks Stealing Scenes From Stars

Goose hunting - especially white-fronted goose hunting - is beginning to play a much bigger role in The Natural State's waterfowl drama.

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January/February 2013 - An Uncertain Hour

As Robert Ortman worked his climbing stand toward the ground, the latch that held the cable around the tree gave way, turning his world upside down.

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November/December 2012 - Some Things Never Change

The canoe is such a solid boat that the only mistake is putting it away when summer's over.

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November/December 2012 - Start Small

Squirrels are the perfect gateway game species for introducting youths to a lifelong love of hunting.

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September/October 2012 - ARE You Angling for Fun?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Aquatic Resources Education program makes it easy to get a view of Arkansas's aquatic critters.

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September/October 2012 - Deer Hunting's Sweet 16

You can get a deer practically anywhere in Arkansas, but biologists are enhancing 16 special areas to become showcases in management.

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March/April 2012 Issue - Reborn on the Bayou

Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area is less than 10 years old but it's already a rising star to waterfowl hunters in the Arkansas River Valley.

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March/April 2012 Issue - Nurturing Nature

Feeling the need to help injured or homeless animals is part of being human, but very few people take it to the level of a wildlife rehabilitator.

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January/February 2012 Issue

This issue is full of waterfowl- and conservation-rich stories, including a story of survival during a tragic duck hunting accident, the decline of the Ozark Hellbender to endangered status and a look into Natural Resource Conservation Service programs.

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November/December 2011 Issue

A look back at 30 years of elk in Arkansas, preservation of valuable historical sites and insight into how fisheries biologists keep our lakes at their prime are all included in this issue.

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September/October 2011 Issue

Click here for a few sample articles from our September/October 2011 issue.

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May/June 2011

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March/April 2011 Issue

Click here for a sample article from our March/April 2011 issue.

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January/February 2011 Issue

Shed hunting is a great way to spend winter afield when it's too cold for other outdoors pursuits.

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Winter 1967-Spring 1968

Vol. 1, Issue 2 of Arkansas Game and Fish Magazine is now online for your enjoyment.

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Spring 1967 Issue

Click here to download the first issue of Arkansas Wildlife. It was a quarterly magazine named Arkansas Game and Fish and was 32 pages long.

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Maumelle Makeover


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