AGFC shortens turkey season by two days

LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week shortened the turkey season from last year’s total of 18 days to 16 days. The season framework was approved after a review of recent harvests and brood surveys along with input from turkey hunters. 

The statewide turkey season will be April 14-29 in zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17 with a bag limit of two bearded turkeys and no jakes, except for a single jake that youth hunters may harvest. In zones 4, 4A, 5A and 9A the season will be April 14-24 with a bag limit of one bearded turkey and no jakes, except for a single jake that youth hunters may harvest. Zone 1A will be closed. The 2012 youth turkey season hunt will be April 7-8 in all open zones.

The bag limit for the season will be no more than one legal turkey taken per day and no more than two legal turkeys taken in any combination of open turkey zones. Youth may only take one jake during the season, either during the youth hunt or statewide hunt, but adult hunters will be limited to mature gobblers only.

Shortnose gar record topped at Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE — Tom Kremers of Clarksville added almost a pound and a half to the state-record shortnose gar mark Sept. 23 when he caught one that weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces from the Spadra Creek area of Lake Dardanelle.

Bob Limbird, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission district fisheries supervisor, verified the species and Cpl. Frankie Tucker, an AGFC wildlife officer, verified the weight on scales at Harvest Foods in Clarksville.

According to Limbird, Kremers caught the gar on 30-pound-test line while fishing for catfish.

The gar was 33 inches long with a 12-inch girth at the widest part of the body, and a 9½-inch girth at the pelvic fins.

The previous record was held by Lindsey Lewis of Greenbrier, who caught a 4-pound, 7-ounce shortnose on Big Piney Creek May 24, 2008.

Most boating accidents involve persons without training

LITTLE ROCK — Nine of every 10 persons involved in a boating accident this year had no boating safety training, according to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission report.

There have been 73 mishaps on the water, and these resulted in 15 deaths, according to the report which covers the first 10 months of the year.

Capt. Stephanie Weatherington, AGFC’s boating law administrator, made the report to the agency’s commissioners at their November meeting in Little Rock.

Alcohol was a factor in 10 of the 73 accidents, with 5 of those 10 being fatal, she said.