Portion of Lafayette County WMA sold
BRADLEY — A portion of the 13,700-acre Lafayette County Wildlife Management Area in extreme southern Arkansas has been sold by its owners. More than 1,250 acres were sold last week by Plum Creek Timber of Pearl, Miss.
The Lafayette County WMA includes land leased to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from Weyerhaeuser Company, Plum Creek and Deltic Timber Corporation. The land that was sold is along the western shore of Lake Erling.
Signs have been posted on the sale boundaries since mid-November to alert hunters of the change. Boundary lines were remarked last week and maps will be updated soon to reflect the change, according to AGFC biologist Eley Talley.
"It is important to note that the Lafayette County WMA continues to be an important part of the agency’s leased-land program. It offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to hunt an area known for its quality deer herd as well small game and turkey," Talley said.
The area was established as a WMA in 1970. The primary objective of the management area is to provide high-quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities. Dating back to 1951, portions of this WMA were once part of the original refuges established across the state to rebuild deer populations.
Eagle activities planned at Bull Shoals State Park
LAKEVIEW — Each year about 100 bald eagles visit the Bull Shoals area. Visitors can enjoy programs and activities centered on the national symbol during Eagle Awareness Weekend at Bull Shoals-White River State Park Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8.
Activities include lake and river cruises, guided bird walks, guest speakers, live bird demonstrations, and entertainment. The event is free except for the lake and river cruises. Contact the park at 870-445-3629 for a detailed schedule.
Visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver for additional information.
White-tailed deer featured on 2011 conservation plate
LITTLE ROCK — The newest conservation license plate from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission features a handsome buck deer on alert.
It’s the 12th plate in the series that supports the AGFC Conservation Scholarship Education Fund. The plates cost $35 per year - $25 goes to scholarships for students who study conservation; $10 goes to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for administering the license plate program.
High school seniors, college students and graduate students studying conservation or wildlife law enforcement may apply for a conservation scholarship. Applicants must be full-time students and Arkansas residents with a 2.5 grade-point average. Applications must be submitted by June 1 for fall semesters. For a list of all the requirements, call the AGFC Human Resources Division at 501-223-6300.
Hundreds of Arkansas students have benefited from the conservation scholarships, and a number of them are working as wildlife biologists and in other capacities with the AGFC. Others are in conservation-related positions with other agencies and with private companies.
The latest plate in the series debuts each Jan. 1. To buy any of the plates issued since the program began in 2000, download a form from the Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles, www.arkansas.gov/dfa/motor_vehicle/mv_plates.php. Fill out the form and mail it to or visit any DFA office across the state (further instructions are on the form). The forms also are available at DFA offices.
A conservation plate may be purchased with a gift certificate available at AGFC headquarters, 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock. For more information on the license plates, call 501-682-4692.
Vehicle owners can choose conservation license plates from earlier years if desired. These are Deer (2000), Hummingbird (2001), Largemouth Bass (2002), Turkey (2003), Mallard (2004), Rainbow Trout (2005), Ivory-billed Woodpecker (2006), Elk (2007), Black Bear (2008), Butterfly (2009) and Labrador Retriever (2010).