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Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report

Dec. 23, 2020

Greater white-fronted geese (specklebellies) glide into a field filed with fellow specks in Arkansas County. An aerial estimate of specks in the state's Delta region in December numbered more than the estimated mallards in the state. Photo by John Hout.

New waterfowl hunting opportunities through online drawing

Nov. 12, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept applications for special permit hunts during the opening weekend of waterfowl season from Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15. These weekly drawings will continue throughout the 2020-21 Arkansas waterfowl season.

Apply for a specklebelly hunt on private land

Nov. 4, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Hunting opportunities on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s newly expanded Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program will officially begin with white-fronted goose opportunities on Nov. 14-15. Applications for these draw hunt opportunities on private rice fields will be accepted Nov. 5-8.

More than 3,800 acres added to waterfowl hunting opportunity in Arkansas

Aug. 12, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will offer an additional 3,828 acres of prime waterfowl hunting opportunity during the 2020-21 waterfowl season, thanks to the expansion of the Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Easement Program. The program allows rice producers to enroll fields to increase waterfowl habitat near popular public waterfowl-hunting areas and to offer limited public hunting opportunities on private rice fields through an online drawing.

Landowners encouraged to enroll rice fields in new habitat/public access program

May 26, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is encouraging Arkansas rice producers to take advantage of a habitat incentive program that enables them to earn extra money while maintaining rice production on their fields that are within 10 miles of a WMA that has a waterfowl management focus. A webinar will be offered at 6 p.m., Thursday to learn more about this opportunity. Visit www.agfc.com/wrice for details.

AGFC offering payments to rice farmers for waterfowl habitat and hunting access

May 13, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications from rice field owners to enroll in its expanded Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program. Landowners may receive as much as $150 per acre annually while still maintaining the current production of rice fields by following post-harvest guidelines and allowing permit-based hunts during waterfowl season on their properties. The program is aimed at enrolling rice fields within 10 miles of many AGFC wildlife management areas popular with duck hunters.

WRICE program receives grant

March 25, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Duck hunters looking for publicly available opportunities this fall will have even more options to enjoy The Natural State’s calling card. The Arkansas Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program was awarded a grant to expand, keeping food on the ground for ducks and opening doors for hunters.