The Great Backyard Bird Count begins Feb. 16

Join birders across the country Feb. 16-19, and record your birdwatching results to help scientists discover trends and changes in migrations and populations of birds in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Founded in 1998 by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the count was the first project to use non-biologists to collect massive amounts of data on wild birds and display the results in near real-time. Scientists combine the data from … Continued

Final Youth Duck Hunt is Saturday

The second of Arkansas’s two Youth Hunts for waterfowl will be Saturday, Feb. 3. The regular waterfowl season ended Sunday, Jan. 28, but youths 15 and under may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers Saturday as long as they are accompanied by a mentor. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor 18 or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a … Continued

AG&F allows carry of handguns for personal protection on WMAs

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a regulation change on January 18 which will allow people to openly carry a handgun for personal protection while on any wildlife management area or Commission-controlled property or lake. Previously, only people with valid concealed carry permits could possess handguns while on a wildlife management area, unless there was a hunting season in which the handgun would be legal. Concealed carry permit holders may still carry a concealed … Continued

AGFC Waterfowl Report: Temperatures tumble, snow and ice hit; weekend looks promising

  Duck hunters got a brief respite from frigid temperatures through most of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, but then it was not only back to sub-freezing, it became another deep freeze similar to the one that hit in late December, only this time with significant snow accumulation. Most of Arkansas’s open water outside of the rivers was locked up Tuesday and Wednesday, according to observations by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists. … Continued

Applications for turkey hunting on Arkansas WMAs available

Turkey season may open at the beginning of April, but now is the time to begin your planning for a successful season. One of the best ways to be successful on public land is to apply for one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s wildlife management area turkey hunt permits beginning Jan. 15. Many good public turkey hunting opportunities exist, particularly on the large cooperative WMAs owned by the U.S. Forest Service. However, turkeys and … Continued

Alligator permits drawn

  Thousands of Arkansans have been waiting on pins and needles for the last few weeks to find out if they were one of the lucky few who drew a chance at harvesting an alligator in Arkansas this year. This week, 101 individuals got the good news. Editors note: The names of the alligator permit winners from Seark Today’s coverage area in Southeast Arkansas are in bold, below.  The permit draw was held up due … Continued

Felsenthal NWR proceeds with drawdown, urges users to be vigilant

Efforts are underway to manipulate water levels within the Felsenthal pool to 64 MSL, dropping it one foot lower than the normal level of 65 MSL. Management practices by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, such as the use of drawdowns in wetland habitats, promote the germination of native plants and provides great benefits to migrating and resident shorebirds and waterfowl. The drawdown, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is expected to expose … Continued

Unattended fawns likely not abandoned

Each spring and early summer, thousands of Arkansas deer give birth to fawns. And each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across one of these young deer sitting still in the tall grasses where it is hiding. But that abandoned fawn likely isn’t abandoned at all. In fact, its mother may be just out of sight, waiting for you to leave so she may … Continued

Waterfowl hunter survey sheds light on WMA use

Four out of 10 Arkansas resident waterfowl hunters have pursued ducks on wildlife management areas for six years or less, according to a recent survey completed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Survey Research Center. The survey was part of an increased effort by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to learn more about the men and women using The Natural State’s WMA system. “It was surprising to learn that many of our … Continued

Lake Chicot receives new plumbing for fish

  Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fisheries staff have spent the last three weeks chopping and fitting PVC pipes to improve Lake Chicot, but they aren’t concerned with how the water is flowing. The PVC is being used to create complex fish attractors to sink at strategic points in the lake to offer anglers places where fish are likely to congregate. Nearly 500 fish-attractors were placed at 26 locations across the lake during the project. … Continued