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Portions of Arkansas WMAs may be closed next week

Feb. 21, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Weather permitting, portions of Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek and Big Lake wildlife management areas may be closed to daytime public access next week. 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 gunning operations on the WMAs aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMAs.

Reward offered for tagged crappie in Horseshoe Lake

Feb. 21, 2018

HUGHES – Horseshoe Lake, an oxbow once part of the Mississippi River in eastern Arkansas, has long been noted for good crappie production, but recent studies have shown a mostly smaller, younger fish population. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is in the second year of a tagged crappie study to determine the cause of crappie mortality, and anglers can help.

Entergy supports waterfowl work in east Arkansas through $150,000 grant

Feb. 21, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – More tourists, more ducks and cleaner water are three benefits Entergy hopes to see in east Arkansas with its recent $150,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited project to restore wetlands near the White River.

Mississippi discovers first case of chronic wasting disease

Feb. 14, 2018

VICKSBURG – A tissue sample collected Jan. 25 from a free-ranging white-tailed deer in extreme southern Issaquena County, Mississippi, returned the first known positive test of chronic wasting disease in the state.

The Great Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 16

Feb. 14, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Join birders across the country Feb. 16-19, and record your birdwatching results to help scientists discover trends and changes in migrations and populations of birds in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

New weir regulates water level at Grand Lake

Feb. 7, 2018

EUDORA – Anglers and residents near Grand Lake in Chicot County can expect a little more stability in the lake’s water level, thanks to the installation of a new weir in the drainage on the Northwest side of the lake, which was completed Jan. 24.

Tracking trumpeter swan leads back to Iowa research group

Jan. 31, 2018

HEBER SPRINGS – Teamwork between wildlife photographers, birders and others around the country determined that a collared trumpeter swan spotted in Cleburne County recently was part of a tracking survey that began last summer in Iowa.

As Karen Rowe, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s nongame migratory bird program coordinator, said, “It literally took a village to find out where this bird had originated.”