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Apply for a WMA Deer Permit Hunt

June 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The application period for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Wildlife Management Area Deer Permit hunts is open until midnight July 1. Hunters interested in pursuing white-tailed deer on some of the most popular public deer hunting areas in the state may apply through the AGFC’s licensing system at

Gov. Asa Hutchinson proclaims June 11-13 Free Fishing Weekend in Arkansas

May 28, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 11, through midnight Sunday night, June 13. The proclamation was read at the beginning of the Commission's May meeting by Megan Perkins, agriculture liaison to Hutchinson’s office.

AGFC taps Veterans Affairs chief of staff to lead agency

May 27, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted at today’s regularly scheduled meeting to approve Austin Booth, a native of Scott, to become the agency’s 19th director in its 106-year history. He will replace Director Pat Fitts when he retires from the agency June 30.

Rae passes baton to Young as AGFC chief of enforcement

May 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Brad Young credits strong mentorship through his almost 11 years with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for preparing him well for his new role as the agency’s chief of enforcement. The 39-year-old Young, who lives in his boyhood home of Woodlawn in Cleveland County, officially takes over for the retiring Col. Greg Rae on May 31, but notes that a smooth transition has been underway since March. Young, who began his AGFC career in 2010 as a wildlife officer first class in Monticello, has worked alongside Rae as major for the past four years before being promoted to colonel and chief of the division.

Bentonville angler lands rare ‘golden’ largemouth bass

May 26, 2021

BENTONVILLE – Josh Rogers never had a doubt he had caught a largemouth bass while fishing Sunday evening at Beaver Lake. But with its golden hue, he wondered what might be up with this fish.

Deadline for exotic bird permits July 1

May 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans who have not updated or obtained their permits for owning, breeding or dealing certain exotic captive bird species have until July 1 to submit their application. This includes any permittees who may not have all the proper documentation such as bills of sale, certificates of veterinary inspection or wildlife importation permits usually required to obtain these permits for what the Commission considers captive wildlife. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is working with these customers to get them into compliance.

AGFC looking for rice producers to participate in habitat, hunting access program

May 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — There’s still time for Arkansas rice growers to apply to enroll their fields in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program and earn as much as $150 per acre without impacting current production on their fields. Applications are available at and will be accepted until June 1.