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Early birds may not always get the deer

Nov. 6, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Some deer hunters will sit in a stand from sunup to sundown, but most hunting plans revolve around spending a few hours at the beginning of the day before taking a break to eat and rest, then revisiting their hunting site in late afternoon and sitting until the sun goes down. Both early morning and late evening seem to be prime time for deer hunting, but which one is best?

Five tips to improve your deer hunting odds on public land

Oct. 30, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — According to the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2019 Whitetail Report, approximately 60 percent of Arkansas deer hunters each year check at least one deer. Here are five tips from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deer Program Coordinator Ralph Meeker to up your odds this season. 

Get a free sausage biscuit at Hardee’s with your hunting license Nov. 7

Oct. 30, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Hunters headed to deer camp to get things ready for opening weekend of modern gun deer season may want to make a quick pitstop to fuel up at their local star-struck fast-food chain. Every Hardee’s restaurant in Arkansas will give a free sausage biscuit to anyone who shows their valid hunting license to the cashier from 5-11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. 

Disabled veterans enjoy deer hunt weekend in southeast Arkansas

Oct. 30, 2019

ARKANSAS CITY – For the third straight year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the national organization Freedom Defender Outdoors were able to provide a special weekend of modern gun deer hunting and bonding for disabled veterans. Five veterans were invited to a permit deer hunt at the Freddie Black Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area West Unit the weekend of Oct. 25-27.

Special Ozark Isle youth muzzleloader deer hunt announced

Oct. 16, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications from youth hunters who would like to participate in a special muzzleloader deer hunt Dec. 14 and 15 in Ozark Isle Park/Dry Run area at Bull Shoals Lake. Eight permits will be issued to hunter education graduates 15-years-old and under. Applicants must submit a completed application form, including their hunter education identification number, by Nov. 8, 2019. A random drawing to select the hunters will be held at 10 a.m. at the Corps’ project office in Mountain Home, Arkansas on Nov. 12.

Friends of the St. Francis National Forest help renovate wildlife openings

Oct. 16, 2019

MARIANNA - The St. Francis National Forest towers from the Crowley’s Ridge land formation in east Arkansas. Deep gorges and rolling ridges shaping this forest offer a diverse and remarkable addition in this otherwise flat Delta area. Although flat areas in the forest are relatively uncommon, many were cleared and maintained as wildlife openings that have been managed for decades. These openings further diversify available habitat by encouraging herbaceous vegetation to thrive with limited shady competition from trees. These openings offer exceptional habitat for many species. They provide whitetail deer fawning habitat, nesting and foraging habitat for wild turkeys, and habitat for pollinators and other species that thrive along the edge of open land.

Identify these six trees for success this hunting season

Oct. 2, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Deer hunters looking for new stakeouts are often keyed on rubs and scrapes. These telltale signs of whitetail activity are roadmaps for hunters during the rut. But the best advice for pursuing all species including deer, is to follow the food. Even during the rut, does still look for something to eat, and the bucks will follow.