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Poachers harvest hefty fines from deer garden

Sept. 30, 2021

JONESBORO — With the outdoors as their office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers often work with unusual crime scenes, as poachers often go to extreme lengths to hide their crimes from weather and animals as well as the watchful eyes of neighbors and other hunters. In 2016 Sgt. Jeff Dalton and Cpl. Bret Ditto found one of the most unusual and fertile evidence discoveries of their careers, a literal garden of skulls from illegally poached white-tailed deer. 

The Spotlight

Sept. 20, 2021

In each edition of The Green Line, we hope to share a bit about some of the personalities that make up the AGFC’s Enforcement Division. This issue’s featured officer is Cpl. Landon Mills. Cpl. Mills works alongside K-9 June in Grant County.

AGFC, AEDC offer nearly $770,000 for education grants from wildlife fines

Sept. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services has more than $769,000 to give to Arkansas schools and educators for conservation education programs in the 2021-22 school year, thanks to fines derived from wildlife violations. Educators in every county are encouraged to apply for grants by the Oct. 26 application deadline to make use of these free dollars for education.

Wildlife Officer Leaves a Legacy of Conservation, Camaraderie

Aug. 30, 2021

HOPE - Sr. Cpl. Jeff Wayne Neel, 55, of Hope died Aug. 4 in Plano, Texas, after a lengthy illness linked to COVID-19.

AGFC enforcement school graduates five

July 28, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission welcomed five new faces to the ranks of wildlife officers during a commencement ceremony last Friday at the AGFC Little Rock Headquarters.

Operation Dry Water promotes increased safety during holiday weekend

June 23, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that everyone enjoying a day on the water during the Independence Day weekend to enjoy themselves responsibly and be aware of the dangers brought about by excessive drinking while aboard a boat. To help make the weekend safe, wildlife officers throughout Arkansas are gearing up for Operation Dry Water July 2-4. 

Operation Bruin: Bear bums caught

June 20, 2021

FORT SMITH — We’ve all heard the term “shooting fish in a barrel” equated to something so easy it should be illegal. In fact, it is. Shooting any game species except furbearers in Arkansas with the aid of traps isn’t just unethical, it can land you in some hot water with the law as well as the true sportsmen and sportswomen of the state. But that didn’t keep two poachers from cutting corners during Arkansas’s black bear season.