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Five ways to fight CWD in Arkansas

Dec. 15, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The recent news of chronic wasting disease being found far away from any previous detections has caused some hunters to worry about the future of deer hunting in The Natural State. CWD is a cause for concern for the health of Arkansas’s deer herd, but it does not mean the end of deer and deer hunting in Arkansas. Here are five ways hunters can help fight CWD and ensure our hunting traditions continue well into the future.

Duck calls that won’t scare the decoys

Dec. 15, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Most groups of waterfowl hunters will automatically yield to one or two callers who have the experience and knack for reading the birds and knowing exactly what sounds will give the best odds at drawing them in for a closer look at your decoys. But for beginners, sitting still in the blind just waiting for someone to call the shot can get as stale as a local duck in mid-December. Here are a couple of nearly failsafe options to hand to the greenhorns when chasing greenheads.

AGFC hosting Big Squirrel Challenge in January

Dec. 8, 2021

SPRINGDALE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is launching a new event this January celebrating small game hunting, and it’s hopeful that it will become an annual celebration. The inaugural Big Squirrel Challenge will take place at locations across Arkansas Jan. 7-8, 2022.

Plug removal at Hurricane Lake WMA complete

Dec. 8, 2021

BALD KNOB — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission completed work to remove clogged culverts and install stream crossings on Mallard Pond Road at Henry Gray Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area last week and the road will be able to see some traffic this weekend in time for the second segment of the 2021-22 waterfowl season. 

CWD-positive deer found in south Arkansas

Dec. 2, 2021

STRONG – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today confirmed that a hunter-harvested white-tailed deer taken in Union County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Youth and veteran’s duck hunt Saturday

Dec. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The first segment of Arkansas’s regular duck season has come to a close. But that doesn’t mean all of the shooting has stopped. Thanks to special rules enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, duck hunters 15 and younger, as well as active-duty military personnel and veterans, may hunt waterfowl during Arkansas’s third annual Special Youth and Active Duty Military and Veteran Waterfowl Hunt Dec. 4.

December doves offer second shot

Dec. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – With the opening days of deer and duck seasons in the rearview mirror, some hunters may be looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors without the crowds. Unlike its original celebration on Labor Day Weekend, the second split of dove hunting holds little fanfare, but still offers excellent opportunities to take aim at some of the most challenging targets in the wingshooting world.