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Arkansas wildlife officers alarmed by increase in turkey hunting violations

June 9, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — With just over 7,000 wild turkeys checked in Arkansas this spring, it’s no secret that hunting was a challenge for many in The Natural State. Some couldn’t play by the rules, resulting in an alarming trend noticed by wildlife officers whose business is catching those who cut corners and prevent honest hunters from seeing increased turkey harvest numbers.

Rae passes baton to Young as AGFC chief of enforcement

May 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Brad Young credits strong mentorship through his almost 11 years with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for preparing him well for his new role as the agency’s chief of enforcement. The 39-year-old Young, who lives in his boyhood home of Woodlawn in Cleveland County, officially takes over for the retiring Col. Greg Rae on May 31, but notes that a smooth transition has been underway since March. Young, who began his AGFC career in 2010 as a wildlife officer first class in Monticello, has worked alongside Rae as major for the past four years before being promoted to colonel and chief of the division.

Arkansas turkey season concludes with just over 7,000 birds checked

May 19, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas hunters harvested and checked 7,010 eastern wild turkeys during the 2021 turkey season, which concluded May 9. While the harvest showed a similar decrease to that of surrounding states, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists are hopeful for the future.

AGFC Commissioner Meeting Notice

March 5, 2021

You are hereby notified that Commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will meet on the following dates and times to consider any business that may be brought before the Commission. Unless otherwise stated, meetings will be held at the AGFC offices, 2 Natural Resources Dr. in Little Rock.

Arkansas boating accidents double in 2020

March 1, 2021

HOT SPRINGS — Arkansas waters saw a spike in the number of boating accidents last year compared to 2019, according to data compiled by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s annual Boating Accident Year-end Report.

AGFC adds two recruits to K-9 program

Feb. 10, 2021

MAYFLOWER — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Enforcement Training Center sees new recruits every year, but this year’s class will include two “cadets” who see things from a four-legged perspective. The AGFC’s popular K-9 program is currently training two new dogs to help with enforcement efforts.

AGFC’s Davis named 2020 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year

Oct. 28, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Cpl. Mac Davis of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission the 2020 Colonel Bob Brantly Wildlife Officer of the Year at their 74th annual meeting, held virtually Oct. 26-28. Davis has 20 years of law enforcement experience, including seven with the AGFC.