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USDA program removes 615 feral hogs from WMAs and private land

March 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Last week, crews from the Arkansas and Tennessee/Kentucky U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Missouri Department of Conservation, removed 615 feral hogs on both public and private land in northeast and southeast Arkansas. Feral hogs were removed from Trusten Holder, Cut-off Creek, Choctaw Island and Big Lake wildlife management areas and adjoining private lands.

Choctaw Island WMA emergency closure approved

Feb. 28, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the emergency closure of the Freddie Black Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area Deer Research Area East Unit. The WMA will be closed March 2-3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

AGFC approves emergency closure of WMAs during feral hog removal operations

Feb. 23, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved emergency closures of portions of Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek and Big Lake wildlife management areas next week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the AGFC, will be conducting aerial gunning operations on the WMAs aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMAs.

Portions of Arkansas WMAs may be closed next week

Feb. 21, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Weather permitting, portions of Trusten Holder, Seven Devils, Cut-off Creek and Big Lake wildlife management areas may be closed to daytime public access next week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will be conducting aerial gunning operations on the WMAs aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the WMAs.

NRCS announces incentive program for feral swine management

Jan. 24, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan has announced producers in 10 Arkansas counties can sign up for a feral swine management program for funding consideration through Feb. 23, 2018.

Feral Hog Eradication Task Force seeks input on Kaput bait

Oct. 4, 2017

Feral hogs are a growing problem in Arkansas and across the United States. Feral hogs have an estimated total population between four and five million across approximately 39 states and cause approximately $1.5 billion annually in agricultural and ecological costs. 

Hunter observations can help complete wildlife management puzzle

Sept. 6, 2017

Deer hunters can use their smartphones in order to assist the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission with wildlife management efforts. The AGFC’s free Deer Hunting Observation Survey is part of the AGFC app that can be downloaded to either Apple or android smartphones.  This mobile survey quickly allows hunters to record sightings of game species such as deer, bear, quail, turkey, and furbearers and also nongame species such as feral hogs while hunting.