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Buyer’s guide for first-time hunting firearms

Nov. 26, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Black Friday sale flyers have been circulating for weeks, and many sporting goods stores are dropping prices like a rock on rifles and shotguns people will be purchasing for youth hunters and adults who recently discovered how much fun hunting can be. But trying to muddle through all the calibers, gauges, actions and accessories can be a true endurance test to people who are not in the know about the latest and greatest firearms choices.

Commission hears updates on waterfowl populations heading into duck season

Nov. 21, 2019

STUTTGART – Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners heard reports on the AGFC’s wetlands and waterfowl management programs at today’s scheduled meeting in Stuttgart. The timing of the subjects was on point as the meeting was sandwiched between the Commission’s Stuttgart Town Hall Meeting, where waterfowl were a key focus of the public, and the opening of duck season in The Natural State.

Commission approves new veterans waterfowl hunt in Arkansas

Oct. 17, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners unanimously voted to approve special veteran’s waterfowl hunts to coincide with this year’s youth hunts at today’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Friends of the St. Francis National Forest help renovate wildlife openings

Oct. 16, 2019

MARIANNA - The St. Francis National Forest towers from the Crowley’s Ridge land formation in east Arkansas. Deep gorges and rolling ridges shaping this forest offer a diverse and remarkable addition in this otherwise flat Delta area. Although flat areas in the forest are relatively uncommon, many were cleared and maintained as wildlife openings that have been managed for decades. These openings further diversify available habitat by encouraging herbaceous vegetation to thrive with limited shady competition from trees. These openings offer exceptional habitat for many species. They provide whitetail deer fawning habitat, nesting and foraging habitat for wild turkeys, and habitat for pollinators and other species that thrive along the edge of open land.

Sharpen your skills as well as your broadheads this archery season

Sept. 25, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Many bowhunters pour over the sharpness of their broadheads, the look of their arrows and the conditions of their bows. Some new locations provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offer year-round opportunities to keep the rust off and keep your shooting form as deadly as the equipment you’ll be using this deer season.

Food plots create helpful habitat for wildlife and hunters on public land

Sept. 18, 2019

PARON — With archery deer season opening Sept. 28, many hunters are hitting the woods looking for likely places to set up for the season. On private land, many are dragging a disc and spreading their favorite seed mix to grow food that will draw wildlife to their stand. Thanks to the work of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife biologists throughout the state, tractors are turning dirt to plant thousands of food plots on public hunting areas as well.
 

Fall fires enhance wildlife habitat

Sept. 18, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Hunting enthusiasts have their sights set on deer season and are already out scouting in hopes of harvesting this year’s big buck. While most stick close to food plots, there can be some additional places to focus on this fall. One of these ‘hotspots’ looks much different than a traditional hunting location.