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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.

Learn the ropes at Central Arkansas fly-fishing fair

Oct. 6, 2021

LITTLE ROCK —  The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Fly Fishers will host a special fly-fishing event from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in the River Market District of Downtown Little Rock. Anyone interested in fly-fishing, fly-tying or simply enjoying the beauty of a stream flowing through the mountains in fall is encouraged to attend.

Statewide Marksmanship Challenge Sept. 25

Sept. 22, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is hosting its annual Marksmanship Challenge for youth in grades 1 through 12 at each of its nature centers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25.

AGFC and City of Benton take fishing in-depth through summer program

Sept. 8, 2021

BENTON — A recent partnership between the City of Benton’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission may provide a template for success in introducing youth to the joys of angling in Arkansas. Four groups of children, aged 4 through 13, and their parents all had the opportunity to participate in a special multi-class fishing program at Benton’s River Center recreation complex.

Scientists study license increases related to COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — In the face of a global pandemic, Arkansans rediscovered their bond with nature and enjoyed angling more than they have in the last few years. Thanks to a recently completed study by Louisiana State University, scientists may have a few more answers into how to keep the momentum going.

Arkansas students finding interest in fishy school lessons

Sept. 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — A recent article titled “Does Fishing Have a Future?” focused on a disturbing trend among Americans that shows fewer anglers hitting the water to wet a line every year. The traditional route of a parent teaching their child to fish is faltering. Fishing In The Natural State, a beginner’s fishing program administered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hopes to offset some of this loss in our angling ranks.

AGFC unveils new outdoors skills program

Jan. 9, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Outdoors enthusiasts are known to wear their hearts on their sleeves, now they may have a little extra badge of honor to display their passion. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s new Outdoors Skills Program rewards beginning and veteran hunters and anglers with a special patch for their accomplishments in the outdoors.