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Arkansas state archery championship to draw attention

Thousands of students will line up and take their shot at a state championship title this weekend at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Archery in the Schools State Championship, March 1-2, at the Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank OZK Arena. Aimee Swaim, the AGFC’s interim Archery in the Schools coordinator, has been working…

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Poachers pay Arkansas schools more than a half-million dollars in 2024

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services awarded grants worth $537,209 this week to schools throughout the state thanks to wildlife fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The AGFC does not use any of the money derived from wildlife violation fines in capital expenditures or operating costs. Instead, all fine…

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Commission hears wildlife, fisheries regulations proposals

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard the first reading of hunting, fishing and wildlife regulations proposals to be voted on for the 2024-25 hunting and fishing seasons. The changes ranged from commercial and recreational fishing, to hunting, to updates to the agency’s captive wildlife regulations. Among the hunting regulations being considered are proposals to:…

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Late winter mallard estimates remain lowest in 15 years

In the final aerial survey of the 2023-24 waterfowl season, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists estimated a Delta mallard population that was more than a half-million mallards below the 2009-2024 late January long-term average and the lowest late January survey estimate on record since the 2010 start of transect-based surveys. Also, total duck population…

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