LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has expanded the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone to include Baxter, Scott and Stone counties following the confirmation of CWD-positive deer in or near these counties during the 2018-19 deer hunting season.
LITTLE ROCK – If you want an opportunity to harvest Arkansas’s largest big game animal, now is the time to put your name in the hat. The application period for Arkansas’s public land elk hunting permits is open from 8 a.m., May 1 until 11:59 p.m. June 1.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold public meetings in Waldron, Mountain Home and Mountain View in the next few weeks to speak about the need for an expansion of the current Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone for deer and elk. Recent test results from CWD-positive deer along the outer edge of the zone boundary have caused the AGFC to consider expanding the current CWD Management Zone to include Baxter, Scott and Stone counties.
HARRISON – The National Park Service and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold public input meetings Tuesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ponca Elk Education Center and Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carroll Electric Cooperative Building in Jasper to gather public input on future management regarding the increasing elk herd around Ponca and the Buffalo River National Park.
JASPER - The 2018 Arkansas elk hunting season set a record with 67 taken on public and private land. The previous record was 55.
LITTLE ROCK — Deer hunters in Arkansas have voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples from harvested deer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission so far this hunting season to help determine the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state. With almost a month of the firearms deer season and two additional months of archery season left, new samples are still coming in on a daily basis.
PONCA – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Ponca Elk Education Center will hold its 14th annual Color Fest Fine Art Exhibition, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 19-20. The event offers an open-air perspective of fascinating work by some of the best artists in the Ozarks.