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Fort Smith hunters sweep statewide Big Squirrel challenge

Jan. 12, 2022

FORT SMITH — Despite hunters from eight locations in Arkansas bringing in squirrels to be weighed for this weekend’s inaugural Big Squirrel Challenge, it was bushytail fanatics from western Arkansas who claimed top honors in this year’s statewide squirrel-hunting contest put on by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Bushytail Boudin one more reason to enroll in Arkansas's Big Squirrel Challenge

Jan. 5, 2022

CASSCOE — With squirrel season in full swing until the end of February and the statewide Big Squirrel Challenge this weekend, Wil Hafner, facility manager for the AGFC’s Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center in east-central Arkansas, has pulled a page from his wild game cookbook to pique the interest of hunters and home cooks alike. This time he’s giving up the goods on a bayou classic: boudin.

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. 

Memorialize their first outdoors adventure with a first duck, first deer certificates from AGFC

Dec. 1, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – Want to memorialize those unforgettable first Arkansas hunting and moments? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a special way to say, “Welcome to the hunting community,” with customizable certificates that can be given to a person for their first success in the field.

Blue paint marks habitat renovation

Nov. 12, 2021

HUMNOKE — Public land hunters will be seeing a number of trees at George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area marked with blue paint. The markings reflect the second step in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s efforts to restore the state’s crown jewel of public waterfowl hunting.

Northeast Arkansas squirrel revival

Sept. 1, 2021

JONESBORO — Small game hunting interest may have dwindled as Arkansas’s deer herd has climbed, but many basic hunting lessons can be gained from a day in the squirrel woods. Squirrel hunting opportunities abound across the state, with public hunting within reach of most hunters.