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Late holiday gift delivery bolsters Lake Pickthorne fish habitat

Feb. 1, 2023

JACKSONVILLE – The many folks who left live Christmas trees at the North Little Rock Riverview Park boat access after the holiday season may not realize it, but they’ve provided a big help to the habitat at Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne.

River otters offer antics for winter wildlife watchers

Feb. 1, 2023

Photos by Chris Newberry

LITTLE ROCK — Conservation comeback stories often focus on the amazing return of white-tailed deer, the black bear in Arkansas and other game species, but one of The Natural State’s most charismatic critters also came back as a result of proper game management and habitat conservation. Once nearly wiped clean from Arkansas’s streams, the river otter now enjoys a healthy population which benefits not only trappers, but the many men and women who enjoy watching wildlife from a canoe, kayak or other watercraft.

First-time archer proves it’s never too late to start

Feb. 1, 2023

PINE BLUFF — Finding a place to start hunting if one doesn’t have family or friends who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle can be intimidating. Thanks to a new program through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Gov. Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center, six “adult onset” hunters overcame that hurdle and joined the ranks of seasoned bowhunters last fall.

Habitat barges and hatcheries produce banner year for Arkansas anglers

Feb. 1, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hatchery system and its partners stocked more than 14.6 million fish into Arkansas waters last year, even with a massive renovation project limiting the output of the Jim Hinkle Spring River Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring. Add to that more than 650,000 cubic feet of cover placed in fish attractors throughout the state last year and Arkansas anglers have plenty to cheer about.

Holland Bottoms’ rest area important for ducks and area hunters

Jan. 25, 2023

JACKSONVILLE – A small triangle of land totaling about 90 acres, Lake Pickthorne Waterfowl Rest Area inside Holland Bottoms Wildlife Management Area, plays a huge role in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s moist-soil wetland habitat program.

AGFC, Academics Afield brings new audience outdoors

Jan. 25, 2023

PINE BLUFF — A group of students has begun building a community of hunters on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.

Fish consumption advisory issued for Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes

Jan. 25, 2023

MOUNTAIN HOME – According to the Arkansas Department of Health, anglers pursuing walleye on Bull Shoals Lake in Marion, Baxter and Boone counties, and Norfork Lake in Baxter and Fulton counties may want to pay attention to the amount of fish they consume from these lakes. Last week, the ADH issued a fish consumption advisory for large walleye in these two north Arkansas reservoirs.