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Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Waterfowl Report

Nov. 16, 2022

Finding water with cover might be a duck's biggest challenge while migrating through Arkansas after an abnormally dry summer and fall. Waterfowl season opens Saturday, Nov. 19, but the limited water will be a factor in hunter success again.

Get an early draw on specklebelly geese

Oct. 19, 2022

STUTTGART — Arkansas’s white-fronted goose season kicks off Oct. 29, putting an end to the duck depression for many Arkansas waterfowl hunters. Early specklebelly goose hunting presents a challenge in locating a place to hunt if you don’t have access to farms through friends or a hunting lease, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a solution.

2022-23 Waterfowl guidebook available online

Oct. 12, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — The 2022-23 Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook will be delivered to sporting goods stores, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regional offices and AGFC nature centers within the next few weeks, but you don’t have to wait to get the details about this year’s duck season. The digital version of the guidebook is available right now at www.agfc.com. Download it to your computer or mobile device, so you always have a current copy of the regs ready should a question arise in the field.

AGFC decoy program draws new hunters

Sept. 28, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — An innovative waterfowl hunter recruitment program from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is doing more than saving some plastic, it may be saving the future of the sport. The AGFC’s Decoy Adoption Program finds old waterfowl hunting equipment and places it with new owners to continue harvesting game and memories in the field.

Estimated decline in duck population only part of fall flight story

Sept. 7, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s report “Waterfowl Population Status, 2022,” released in late August, total duck population estimates in spring 2022 declined 12 percent from the last recorded survey taken in 2019, but that doesn’t necessarily sound an alarm with waterfowl managers who have seen similar fluctuations in the past.

Jackson, Naylor earn national acclaim

Aug. 3, 2022

Two biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission received high praise from national waterfowl conservation organization Delta Waterfowl during a special Champions of Delta Luncheon Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Luke Naylor, AGFC chief of wildlife management, and Jason “Buck” Jackson, AGFC Wetlands Program coordinator, were honored with Delta Waterfowl’s Conservation Leader Award for spearheading the AGFC’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement Program, a new effort to increase flooded rice on the landscape and offer increased hunting opportunities on managed lands.

Biologists churning away at moist-soil habitat for ducks

April 13, 2022

POCAHONTAS — The only thing people are breaking out the shotguns for may be turkey, but that doesn’t mean Arkansas Game and Fish staff aren’t hard at work laying the groundwork for next year’s duck season on public hunting areas and waterfowl rest areas. It’s planting season for most farmers, and the same holds true for land managers looking to put more food on the table for next year’s migration in the state’s 8,800 acres of intensively managed moist soil habitat.