Arkansas Hunting News

Ticks Spreading Meat Allergies Across the Southeastern United States

According to a recent study, tick bites are spreading meat allergies across the southeastern United States. The National Institutes of Health published a report by researchers who believe that the bite of lone star ticks, named for the white spot on its back, is spreading meat allergies.

Proficiency Tests Required for Arkansas' Urban Deer Hunt

Unique deer hunting opportunities are increasing for Arkansas sportsmen. There is a catch, however. Hunters have to meet a somewhat stringent list of rules.

2012-2013 Deer Permit Application Process Begins June 1 in Arkansas

Permit applications will be available for WMA doe quota, youth, archery, modern gun and muzzleloader deer hunts on several AGFC wildlife management areas throughout the state.

Applications are made only online at beginning Friday, June 1. The deadline for applications is Sunday at midnight, July 1.

Each person may submit one application for each type of permit hunt (WMA doe quota, youth deer, archery deer, muzzleloader deer and modern gun deer).

Arkansas GFC Lists Opening Dates for 2013 Deer Hunting

Arkansas deer hunters who plan in advance for upcoming seasons focus on scheduling vacations, making reservations and arranging other details of the annual major event.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has set deer season openings for 2013, and there is a change for archery hunters.

Commission Sets 2012-13 Deer Hunting Seasons in Arkansas

The upcoming deer hunting seasons for the state have been set by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The seasons were approved at today’s meeting of the Commission.

Season dates for the 2012-13 deer hunting season:
Archery – All zones: Sept. 15-Feb. 28, 2013.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Considers Arkansas Hunting Season Proposals

During today’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners were presented with proposals for the 2012-13 hunting seasons. Commissioners will study the proposals and make a final decision at their April meeting.

AGFC Chief of Wildlife David Goad presented the proposed changes to the Commission. “We’ve heard what the public has been saying and we’re trying to follow their input,” Goad said.

Several changes are proposed for the 2012-13 hunting season. A quick rundown of a few of the proposed changes:

Arkansas’s Bear Harvest Continues to Be Strong

Arkansas’s bear harvest continues to be strong. Hunters harvested more than 400 bears during the 2011-12. Last year, hunters harvested more 450 bears. During the 2009-10 season, hunters harvested a record 530 bears.

The harvest totals were presented to commissioners of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission during its monthly meeting on Thursday.

Arkansas GFC Announces New Chief of Enforcement

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow as its new Chief of Enforcement.

Most recently Crow served as the Law Enforcement Management Specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute. Following an extensive search and interview process the Commission accepted AGFC Director Loren Hitchcock’s recommendation to select Crow for the position recently vacated due to the promotion of Colonel Mike Knoedl to deputy director.

Illinois Man Wins Dream Waterfowl Hunt With Winchester

Winchester® Ammunition is pleased to announce that Kent L. Bushman, from Rock Falls, Ill., was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the Winchester “Dream Hunt” Sweepstakes.

Arkansas Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests for Possession and Sale of Alligators

What began as a simple traffic stop Jan. 30 led to several citations for illegal possession and sale of alligators. An Arkansas State Police trooper pulled over Patrick Fenton and Jerry Allen on Arkansas Highway 19 in Pike County. During the traffic stop, the trooper noticed a diaper box that turned out to have a baby alligator in it. The trooper immediately contacted AGFC wildlife officers.