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Duck numbers drop in breeding grounds

Aug. 23, 2023

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its report on the 2023 Waterfowl Population Status late last week, and the numbers of ducks slid from 2022’s estimate, with drop attributed to extremely dry habitat conditions on the breeding grounds of Canada and the northernmost U.S.

Hole-y mole-y!

July 12, 2023

Biologists looking for sightings of Arkansas’s least ‘watchable’ wildlife species

LITTLE ROCK — If you look on iNaturalist, you’ll find all sorts of surveys where people can record sightings of their favorite wildlife species to help with projects conducted by researchers and biologists around the world. One such study, Moles of Arkansas, may require a little more digging, as it is asking participants to record sightings of eastern moles in The Natural State.

Sighting in on crappie with a ‘scope

June 7, 2023

ARKADELPHIA — Not much has changed with John Duncan’s crappie fishing tactics on DeGray Lake in southwest Arkansas since he adopted forward-facing sonar about four years ago, except the speed at which he finds the fish for his clients.

Arkansas trout angler survey in progress

May 31, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking trout anglers in The Natural State to keep an eye on their inbox in the next few weeks in case they are selected to participate in the AGFC Trout Program’s statewide angler survey. The survey is being conducted by HDNR Consulting to help the AGFC learn more about how they can help meet trout anglers’ expectations in Arkansas.

Turkey trending up in recent survey results

March 29, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — Turkey hunters have some good news to look forward to this season. According to recent interviews featured in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Arkansas Wildlife magazine and podcast, reproductive rates have seen slow improvements over the last three years.

Catfish regulation survey available

March 28, 2023

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is exploring the idea of enacting two regulations concerning trophy catfishing on the Mississippi River. A formal survey has been launched at and will be available for comment until April 7 to measure public opinion on the two possible regulations changes.

Make a modern turkey hunting journal

March 22, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — The latest cold snap may have postponed a few scouting trips, but many turkey hunters have already spent a few mornings scouting for this year’s longbeard. Complete a digital log of all your trips before and during your hunting season to help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission monitor trends in Arkansas’s turkey landscape.