Late migratory bird seasons set by Commission


LITTLE ROCK – For the 15th consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came last week during the Commission’s monthly meeting.


Past abuses of three WMAs lead to change in practice


LITTLE ROCK – Historically, sportsmen have been able to access and manipulate three Northeast Arkansas wildlife management areas prior to waterfowl season. That practice will no longer be allowed on Big Lake, St. Francis Sunken Lands and Dave Donaldson Black River WMAs and has never been allowed on any other state WMA.


AGFC wildlife officer’s assist in marijuana seizure


MOUNTAIN VIEW – Last week, wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission took part in the seizure of an estimated 20,000 marijuana plants in eastern Stone County. The Stone County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas National Guard and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the seizure.

Officers were utilized as spotters in National Guard helicopters as they searched for clandestine marijuana growing operations. During the operation, 12 wildlife officers took part as aerial spotters and eradication ground crew members. Officers used patrol vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and foot patrol to access the illegal marijuana plants.

The marijuana was located in remote areas of Stone County. The complete removal of the plants took three days due to the rough terrain, dispersed location and the large number of marijuana plants.


SouthArk Outdoor Expo to be held Sept. 10


EL DORADO – El Dorado’s annual outdoor expo will be held Sept. 10 at the El Dorado Conference Center. This year’s SouthArk Outdoor Expo will be patriotic in nature and will be dedicated to the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Expo organizers plan to honor U.S. armed-service personnel as well.


More than 131,700 pounds of fish stocked in July


LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked more than 1.2 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during July, according to Mark Oliver, chief of the Fisheries Division. The total stocking of fish weighed more than 131,700 pounds.