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UA Pine Tree WDA closed March 1-6

Feb. 26, 2021

FORREST CITY – The University of Arkansas Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA will be closed to daytime public access March 1-6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be conducting aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations in the area. The flights will be dependent on the weather.

AGFC completes final winter trout stockings at community ponds

Feb. 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program will conclude its final trout stockings for the 2020-21 winter stocking season this week at ponds throughout Arkansas. Originally planned for last week, the stockings were delayed because of the winter weather event that iced over most roads and ponds in The Natural State. 

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Feb. 25, 2021

Steve Emrich shows off the two nice walleye he caught below Beaver Lake Dam fishing with Jon Conklin of FishOn Guide Service. Walleye are definitely biting now on Beaver. Photo provided by Jon Conklin. 

Former AGFC Director Steve N. Wilson dies at 76

Feb. 24, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Steve N. Wilson, a former director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and passionate conservationist, died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 21 from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and histoplasmosis. He was 76 years old. 

Lakes likely to bounce back from frozen fish

Feb. 24, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The polar vortex that covered The Natural State in snow and wreaked havoc on people’s plumbing also may have caused some temporary setbacks with threadfin shad populations in some Arkansas lakes, but biologists at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission say there’s little cause for concern.

Southeast Arkansas WMAs reopened this week

Feb. 23, 2021

MONTICELLO – Due to a flight crew issue, the Cut-Off Creek WMA and Seven Devils WMA closures planned for this week have been cancelled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission were scheduled to conduct aerial operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the areas. The flights may be rescheduled in March.

Arkansas goose hunters look forward to continued spring ‘snowstorms’

Feb. 23, 2021

Waterfowl hunters still can enjoy plentiful shooting and help conservation efforts by hunting snow geese during a special waterfowl season that runs well into spring.