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AGFC preparing dove fields on WMAs

Aug. 18, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The drawing for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s private land dove field program has been conducted, and applicants can find their results at www.agfc.com. While many applicants were successful in drawing spots on the five private dove fields AGFC managed through this year’s random draw, many more are left looking for other options on opening day of dove season. According to Garrick Dugger, assistant chief of wildlife for the AGFC, more than 625 acres of fields on WMAs are being prepared to host some dove-hunting opportunities that are open to the public.

Don’t ‘treat’ wildlife like livestock

Aug. 18, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — As summer progresses and people begin to see deer more frequently in the open, many of the deer they witness will be seen with ticks or bare spots in their fur from scratching at parasites on the skin. It’s human nature to want to help, but according to Dr. Jenn Ballard, state wildlife veterinarian for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, treating free-ranging wildlife is rarely effective and can cause many more troubles than it prevents.

Visit the AGFC at the SouthArk Expo

Aug. 18, 2021

EL DORADO — Come visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mobile aquarium and regional educator Laura Rogers at this year’s SouthArk Outdoor Expo 9 a.m-4 p.m. Sept. 11, at the El Dorado Conference Center.

2021 Elk Festival canceled, additional elk tags drawn

Aug. 18, 2021

JASPER — The final three public land permits for the 2021 elk hunting season have been drawn, and winners of these coveted hunting opportunities have been notified, following Monday’s cancellation of the 2021 Buffalo River Elk Festival.

Thwart a snakebite before it happens

Aug. 11, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year. Thanks to modern medicine, only about five of those victims die from their snakebite. By comparison, an average of 41 people in the U.S. die annually from lightning strikes.

Dove days on the horizon ​​​​​​​

Aug. 11, 2021

JONESBORO — The traditional kickoff for hunting season happens in early September as hunters take to the field in pursuit of doves. Most hunters will simply find a likely looking grain field or other feeding area and have a seat on a bucket along the perimeter and hope a few fast flying doves pass within range. This technique can provide some action, but a more tactical approach to dove hunting can yield a heavier game bag. With the investment of a little scouting time, the hunt can be much more enjoyable and effective.

Sharpen your archery skills at an AGFC range

Aug. 11, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’s archery deer season opens Sept. 25. That may seem like a lifetime away for some dyed-in-the-wool hunters, but it’s a blink of an eye if you haven’t gotten your archery equipment and focus prepared. Now’s the perfect time to test your equipment and skills to be deadly accurate this season when you climb in the treestand or ground blind for the first time.