High Water Closes Deer Hunting in Black River Region

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Recent heavy rains have forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to close deer hunting in the Black River Flood Prone Region of northeast Arkansas.

When water at the Black River gauge at Corning exceeds 11 feet, deer hunting is immediately suspended until water levels fall below 9.5 feet on the gauge. A portion of Deer Zone 4 is affected by the closure. A map of the flood prone region is available in the hunting regulation guide book on page 55 or on the AGFC website at www.agfc.com/hunting/flood_prone.

According to AGFC regional supervisor Robert Zachary, rivers in northeast Arkansas are above flood stage and some are still rising. "The flood prone zone regions were developed to protect deer from over harvest when flooding causes deer and other wildlife to concentrate on higher ground in and around the area," Zachary said.