Work is under way to repair Mayflower firing range 

MAYFLOWER – Two weeks after a tornado severely damaged the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range at Mayflower, a portion of the range is already back up and running. The range’s trap house is operable and Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program teams are using it for practice. Skeet will be operable when electricity to the facility is restored.

If all goes well, the rifle range will be open in a couple of weeks. The pistol range, however, is a different story. The pistol range baffle system was wiped out. Repair on this component will take some time.

Now’s the time to sign up for elk permit drawings 

LITTLE ROCK – If you want to hunt elk in Arkansas, now’s the time to sign up for the opportunity. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s permit process for a free chance to hunt Arkansas’s largest game animal is available now.

May is application time for a chance to win one of 24 permits to hunt elk in the Buffalo River country of Arkansas. The hunt dates this year in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Sept. 26-30 and Dec. 5-9. The season for the private land elk management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excluding Boxley Valley) is Dec. 5-9.

Arkansas students win 2011 state fish art contest

LITTLE ROCK – Three young artists from Arkansas will represent the state at the annual State-Fish Art Expo June 24-25 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas.

The winners are:

Grades 4-6, Parker Wright, Fort Smith 

Grades 7-9, Laura Dyuran, Yellville 

Grades 10-12, Dingling Zhong, Little Rock

Dover High School win state fishing championship

LAKE MAUMELLE – Kendall Goates and Cody Chessher were the top anglers in the Student Angler Federation Arkansas State High School Bass Fishing Championship May 7 on Lake Maumelle. The duo pulled in a total of five fish weighing 12.25 pounds.

The tournament was originally scheduled for the Arkansas River, but high water forced the tournament to be moved to Lake Maumelle. Record-setting flooding in Arkansas has various parts of state underwater. A total of 71 teams registered to fish the inaugural event.

Goates and Chessher advance to the SAF High School Fishing regional tournament this fall.

"This is awesome, we never thought we had a chance coming to this event and seeing all the teams that were here, so this is quite a surprise," Goates said.

"We found a bank that was holding a few fish, so we just wore it out all day and we caught nearly all our fish off that one bank," Chessher said. "We knew we had a nice bag but figured we would maybe get into the top 15 and possibly the top 10, but never did we dream that we would win.