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Sylamore WMA’s attractions include more than prevalent turkey, deer

April 7, 2021

FIFTY-SIX – When deer are in season for muzzleloaders or modern-gun hunters, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Allen Cathey says, Sylamore Wildlife Management Area will have “folks everywhere, in every direction. You have to feel your way through.” It’s also a major destination for public turkey hunting in the spring as well, he notes; Sylamore WMA ranked fourth among the top five state WMAs for turkey harvest in 2020.

Private landowners, golf course honored for habitat work

Jan. 27, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Four landowners and one corporate partner who have dedicated private acreage to increase habitat for wildlife through work with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission private lands biologists, were honored with Private Landowner Awards at the Jan. 21 commission meeting. The awards, started by then-Chairman Ford Overton and AGFC Director Pat Fitts in 2019 with the honorees in attendance at the meeting, were planned again for spring 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic set those plans back.

Workshops teach landowners how to burn their way to better habitat

Jan. 20, 2021

COLUMBUS — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Quail Forever are hosting special classes this February and March to teach landowners in southern Arkansas how to use fire to substantially improve wildlife habitat on their property. 

Arkansas deer hunters break harvest record

Jan. 13, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — With more than a month left in Arkansas’s archery deer season, hunters have checked 214,022 deer during the 2020-21 deer hunting season. That’s more deer than any season since the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began keeping harvest records in 1938.

AGFC adds 4,420 acres to public hunting opportunity in 2020

Jan. 13, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Hunters in Arkansas have enjoyed nearly 4,500 acres of new hunting opportunity during the 2020-21 hunting seasons, thanks to partnerships and leases by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in the last year. 

Triple Trophy Award rewards successful deer hunters

Jan. 13, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The 2020-21 Arkansas deer seasons are winding to a close with only late-season archery archers visiting the woods for some solitude and a last chance to harvest a deer before the season ends Feb. 28 deadline. There’s plenty of time, however, for hunters to apply to be in one of Arkansas’s elite hunting circles — the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Triple Trophy Award.

Effects of deer disease being studied in northern Arkansas

Jan. 6, 2021

JASPER — A team researching chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer in the heart of the area where it is most prevalent in Arkansas will begin capturing and monitoring deer in January.