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December doves offer second shot

Dec. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – With the opening days of deer and duck seasons in the rearview mirror, some hunters may be looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors without the crowds. Unlike its original celebration on Labor Day Weekend, the second split of dove hunting holds little fanfare, but still offers excellent opportunities to take aim at some of the most challenging targets in the wingshooting world.

Memorialize their first outdoors adventure with a first duck, first deer certificates from AGFC

Dec. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Want to memorialize those unforgettable first Arkansas hunting and moments? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a special way to say, “Welcome to the hunting community,” with customizable certificates that can be given to a person for their first success in the field.

Bird bands continue contributions to waterfowl conservation

Oct. 13, 2021

CALION — When you harvest a wood duck wearing a band around its leg and report it, you’re helping biologists gather critical data needed to make waterfowl management decisions in Arkansas.

Olympic silver medalist honored at shooting clinic

Aug. 31, 2021

JACKSONVILLE — The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo may be over, but Arkansas’s own Kayle Browning is still making an impact in her home state. The Greenbrier native who took a silver medal in international trap shooting was honored at a special ceremony Saturday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex and worked with budding shooting sports enthusiasts in a special shooting clinic presented by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Check dove fields for bait before hunting

Aug. 25, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Dove season opens September 4, and many hunters will gather at a field of a friend or family member to enjoy the kickoff to hunting season. Others will be paying to hunt a prepared field they found through social media postings or the corkboard at the local feed supply store. Regardless of the destination, now’s the time for a little extra legwork to make sure your hunting year doesn’t begin with a blunder. Be sure to check the field you plan to hunt now to ensure baiting has not taken place.

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.

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.