Firing range opens in Batesville


BATESVILLE — The newest public firing range in Arkansas officially opened its doors June 11. The Independence County Firing Range near Pfeiffer will be known as the Paul H. "Rocky" Willmuth Sport Shooting Complex. The complex was named after Willmuth, who was instrumental in securing funds to build the facility at 3600 North St. Louis St., a few miles north of Batesville.

The shooting complex was cooperatively developed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Independence County and the City of Batesville. Total cost of the project was about $203,000.

The facility is a three-field combination skeet/trap range with a static archery range. The complex is fully supervised and open to the public. It will be the site of Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program events, as well as club trap and skeet competitions.


Fish measurement: Tip of nose to tip of tail


LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas fishing regulations on many waters include rules about the length of a particular species of fish.

Sometimes only fish longer than so many inches can be kept. Another example is a protected slot limit – fish within specified lengths must be immediately returned to the water.

How is a fish’s length officially determined?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it’s by measurement in inches. Lay the fish on top of a ruler. The tip of the nose to the tip of the tail is the length. If the measurement looks close, squeeze the tail together. If any part touches the proscribed length, you are OK.

Many anglers have paper or plastic rulers fixed with adhesive to their tackle boxes or on the inside of their boats for this purpose.

Check the current Arkansas Fishing Guidebook for length rules on a body of water you intend to fish.


15th Butterfly Festival is Friday-Saturday at Mount Magazine


PARIS – The 15th annual Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival takes place on the square in Paris and atop nearby Mount Magazine State Park on Friday and Saturday.

The event celebrates the butterfly and wildflower diversity of the mountain through programs, guided walks and the ever-popular Bug Bonanza. It also includes arts and crafts, food vendors, an art show, quilt show, photo contest, 5K run/walk, pageant for girls 0-18, live entertainment, butterfly conservatory and a kids zone.

The festival is one of the most-popular, nature-related family events in Arkansas. A special treat is the closing concert featuring the folk-grass duo Still on the Hill. Admission is free. Visit and or call 479-963-2244 or 479-963-8502 for more details.