Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Arkansas hunters, get your deer tested for CWD – and win a lifetime of hunting and fishing

LITTLE ROCK — Getting your deer tested for chronic wasting disease not only is free through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it might even land you a free hunting and fishing for life. Thanks to a donation from the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, every Arkansas resident who has their harvested deer tested for CWD this year will be…

Wildlife hit hard during Southern freeze

Biologists are concerned about monarch butterflies, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December designated as a candidate for endangered or threatened status because of a sharp decline in recent decades.DALLAS — As many people in the southern U.S. hosted neighbors who had no heat or water during the vicious February storm and deep freeze, Kate Rugroden provided a…

Hunters, mind your spread this duck season

LITTLE ROCK — With COVID-19 cases beginning to increase in Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wants to remind everyone to put a little space between them and other hunters at camp, at the boat ramp and in the blind this duck season. Try to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and any hunter who isn’t in your close…

Lack of food, dry weather chasing black bears in Arkansas

(Photo by Windigo Images)MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Black Bear sightings in the Twin Lakes Area are increasing due to a lack of food, according biologist Allen Cathey with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Normally, sightings of the bears increase during the spring. However, recent dry weather has caused a shortage of their primary food source during the summer. “It’s…

Arkansas whitetails: Harvest again surpasses 200,000; CWD confirmed in three northwestern counties

LITTLE ROCK – There’s still a month-and-a-half left in the deer season for archery hunters, but Arkansas’ deer harvest has already topped the 200,000-mark at the conclusion of the second modern gun youth hunt Jan. 6-7. This is the sixth consecutive year Arkansas hunters have reached this milestone. The Arkansas record harvest came in 2012, when hunters harvested 213,487 deer. Although…