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Turkey-poaching trend troubling Arkansas game wardens

May 3, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — With last year’s increase in turkey reproduction and a strong start to the 2023 spring turkey season, biologists and staff at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are cautiously optimistic about recent trends in Arkansas’s turkey woods. One trend that still has AGFC game wardens concerned is the continued use of bait by some poachers to illegally shoot their turkeys.

USFWS, AGFC seek information on bald eagle shooting

April 28, 2023

YELLVILLE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting four bald eagles near Pyatt in Marion County.

When talking turkey, silence is golden

March 22, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — Famous waterfowl hunter and outdoor writer Nash Buckingham once said, “A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation’s greatest assets.” If he would have been bitten as badly by the turkey-hunting bug as he was ducks, he likely would have doubled down on this statement in reference to the all-American game bird.

Apply by March 31 to work for the AGFC this summer

March 1, 2023

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas college students have less than a month to get their applications in if they want to be considered for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s paid summer internships.

AGFC wildlife officers featured on Arkansas Wildlife Podcast

March 1, 2023

Trey Reid, host of the AGFC’s Arkansas Wildlife television show and podcast joins AGFC Director Austin Booth to welcome two of the AGFC’s men in green.

Bush Named NWTF National Wildlife Officer of the Year

Feb. 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation honored Arkansas Wildlife Officer 1st Class Audrey Bush with the National Wildlife Officer of the Year Award for her dedicated commitment to Arkansas’s natural resources. The award was presented to Bush this weekend at the 47th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show.

Wildlife fines provide $645,493 to support conservation education in schools

Feb. 22, 2023

LITTLE ROCK – Thanks to wildlife violation fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services has awarded grants totaling $645,493.22 to promote wildlife education and improve school conservation programs to 206 schools, school districts and conservation districts in 68 Arkansas counties.