Arkansas Deer News

3 Georgia men charged after investigation into deer beating video February 5, 2016 Arkansas, Atlanta Journal Constitution
... Despite the deer’s cries, the man hits the deer four more times before the recording stops... “the group pulled over and the men dragged the deer to a ditch along the highway and left it.”...
     Deer Attack Video Traced to Arkansas January 29, 2016 Arkansas, ArkansasMatters
... The video, which was anonymously posted on vid.me and is considered graphic, shows the man hitting a deer with a book several times [they put the deer inside the
car].  
"The story of the young man involved, is that they were traveling there in Arkansas, struck the deer... [warning, graphic video]
     Authorities investigate video showing deer being hit with book January 29, 2016 Arkansas, fox7austin.com
... Last night the Department of Natural Resources responded to the complaints about a video being circulating on Facebook showing a deer being beaten with a textbook. During the investigation the Department of Natural Resources have discovered that this video was filmed in Arkansas...

Late-season deer January 17, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online 
... In 2003-05, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission closed the season on Feb. 15 over concerns that hunters were killing adult bucks that had shed their antlers... in 2006 the AGFC restored the Feb. 28 closing in response to hunters' requests.  ... hunters probably do kill a few adult bucks that have shed their antlers, but the number is inconsequential...

Arkansas Deer Hunters Top 200,000 in Harvest January 8, 2016 Sporting Life Arkansas
... With seven weeks of archery hunting remaining, hunters have taken 208,951 deer... The high mark was set in the 2012-13 season with 213,487 ...

AGFC director talks of agency’s 100th year December 31, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... the AGFC owns 24,000 acres of lakes, 400,000 acres of wildlife management areas ... About 200 deer were harvested legally in Arkansas in 1938, and more than 192,000 were harvested during the 2011-12 season. For the past three years, we’ve harvested over 200,000 deer. We’re on pace to again surpass the 200,000 mark...

AGFC should look at size of deer herd December 21, 2015 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Each summer, we learn from the official sources that the state’s deer herd is strong and plentiful, but hunters in the woods tell us that’s not the case... It’s not in the Game and Fish Commission’s interest to explain that the state’s deer herd is shrinking, but it is a responsibility... The Game and Fish Commission should rein in the annual bag limit in South Arkansas from six to four deer...

Flood-prone regions closed to deer hunting December 15, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... High water on the White, Cache, St. Francis and Black rivers has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to temporarily close deer season in portions of eastern Arkansas...

A layman's and an expert's view on deer numbers December 9, 2015 Arkansas, El Dorado News Times 
...  one of the best things to ever happen to the deer herd in the area I and my family and friends hunt ... is the three-point rule.  Before the 1998-99 deer season, AGFC implemented the rule, which requires that a buck have three points on at least one side of its antlers to be legal... after the three-point rule went into effect, we almost immediately started seeing more and bigger bucks ...

Arkansas Deer Hunter Bags Doe with Antlers November 25, 2015 Ozarks First.
... Arkansas Game and Fish says hormone abnormalities have something to do with a doe growing antlers...

500,000 on hunt for deer November 13, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Of the 208,075 deer that hunters checked in the 2014-2015 deer seasons, nearly 70 percent were killed during the modern gun season... Arkansas offers more than 3 million acres of public hunting in the Ozark and Ouachita national forests. About 25 percent of Arkansas' deer hunters pursue their game on public land.

Season outlook good for NWA modern gun deer season November 3, 2015 Arkansas, NWA Online
... deer hunts ... on par with last year, he said. So far hunters have killed about 48,000 deer during archery, muzzle-loader and antlerless deer hunt. The total deer harvest for 2014-2015 was 208,075 for all seasons combined... We've got lots of acorns this year ...

Local deer population booms October 18, 2015 Arkansas, NWA Online 
... Northwest Arkansas deer depend heavily on acorns and other highly seasonal forage ... South Arkansas, which "is a deer factory" according to Gray, has a greater variety of plants for deer to eat that gives a more reliable supply of food. A bad year for any particular food source in south Arkansas doesn't leave the deer looking for food ...

Camera tells tale of deer visits, dry conditions October 15, 2015 Arkansas,
Arkansas Online
... An extended drought has made the woods in the southern half of the state dry and brittle... We've seen this before, notably in 1997, when conditions were so bad in the Ouachitas that hunters in south Sebastian County wondered if the Game and Fish Commission would suspend modern gun deer season...

Keep an eye on Arkansas’s deer harvest October 9, 2015 NewtonCountyTimes
   Bowhunters checked 2,595 deer during opening weekend, Sept. 26-27. The bow opener has been a near mirror image of itself the last three years, with 2,682 deer checked in 2014 and 2,576 deer checked during opening weekend in 2013.

Deer hunters warned about Chronic Wasting Disease October 8, 2015 Arkansas, KTBS
... the agency has not had a deer test positive for CWD in Arkansas ...  but it has spread to several other states including Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas... Symptoms associated with the disease include droopy ears, loss of fear and animals being abnormally thin or weak and confused...

Chronic wasting disease could affect state hunting October 4, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The rapid spread of the disease is attributable to captive deer breeders and commercial hunt facility operators transporting infected deer to new areas, Gray said [deer program leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission] ... Troy Landry, star of the Swamp People television show, was cited in 2012 for transporting deer in Arkansas that he and his sons killed in Nebraska... Wisconsin has spent $49 million fighting CWD since 2002 ...

Deer crossing Bull Shoals Lake - September 26, 2015


... Typically, we see food plots are more beneficial in late season, or late winter, when the native food sources are scarce or depleted. This is when a wheat and oats and clover patch really shines. These supplements can aid the deer from the period prior until spring green-ups ...
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Quail restoration depends on habitat June 21, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Aaron Jeffries, the former quail biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, explained how simple quail management techniques benefit deer, turkeys and other species in an MDC blog ...

State again tries manly catch/release deer program June 20, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... the sport of catch and release began in 1997 in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest northeast of Asheville by a group of hunters who were tired of sitting on their butts for hours and hours in tree stands... "It takes a real hunter to draw in the critters and take 'em from behind," he said. "It's the quintessence of pack teamwork and the way our primeval ancestors hunted." ...

Food plots give boost to deer, other wildlife June 20, 2015 Arkansas, The Cabin
...  biologists suggest white clover as a basic. It’s a natural in Arkansas and is a perennial. Legumes in several forms are extensively used for Arkansas food plots. So are several members of the brassica family like turnips and kale. Growing in popularity is chicory...

...  a small fawn tangled in a chain link fence. The residents had removed the deer from the fence, but it was unresponsive...

Protectors of our wildlife June 14, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Deer numbers declined dramatically, with only about 2,000 left by 1919...  After much cajoling, the 1917 legislature imposed a moratorium on hunting does until 1922 ... The great flood of 1927 killed many deer, and in 1930 a statewide count found only 500 animals, but numbers gradually grew. By 1946 the estimated deer population rose to 31,500 ... 

... rules that pertain to the use of crossbows, hunting stand requirements, season length and the minimum age of its participants will be left up to the city ... all cities conducting an urban hunt will still require the hunter to pass a shooting proficiency test ...

Fawns in the wild probably don't need your help June 2, 2015 Arkansas, Magnolia Reporter 
... . Early in life, fawns lay very still so as not to attract predators (like well-intentioned humans), and are frequently mistaken for being in distress or abandoned ... most wild animals don't spend very much time at their young's side in order to not attract predators to the area...

... “Purple hulls” as most Arkansans call them are a type of black-eyed pea which in turn is a type of a broad category of plants called cowpeas... Deer love the peas ... Wildlife biologists suggest seeding an assortment of plants in food plots ...

Deer Hunters top 200,000 Harvest Mark Again April 17, 2015 Arkansas, Ammo Land 
... Arkansas hunters tagged 208,075 deer during the 2014-15 season, just short of totals for the previous two years...

Deer season set for 2015-17 April 16, 2015 Arkansas, THV11
... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state's deer hunting seasons on Thursday, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 14, archery season opening Sept. 26, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 17...

In numbers, last deer season was near the top April 11, 2015 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... The notion of killing female deer, does, is wrong took far too long to diminish in Arkansas, and it has not entirely died out. There are hunters still who refuse to shoot at a doe.... Deer managers, however, are highly satisfied that the former out of balance buck-doe ratio in the state has been alleviated. The past three season ... the buck-doe checks have been virtually 50-50...

Arkansas data: An estimated 1 million or more deer in 2012 through 2014, a million in 2011, an upward trend in the deer harvest in recent years. Record harvest of 213,487 in 2013, slightly less in 2014 (harvest data).  Good environmental conditions for the herd in 2013 with a wet spring and summer, good browse through summer, and high mast production.  Very strong population in south Arkansas, but less robust in the Ozarks. Fewer deer in the northeast, where there is limited habitat, and in the Ouachita Mountains, where there is poor soil fertility and habitat quality.  Deer in the northwest rely significantly on the acorn crop which vary dramatically from year to year.  Deer in south have a wider variety of food source which makes it less variable.
     The strategy is a balanced hunt in terms of age and sex distributions, but many hunters won't shoot does. In 2013, for the first time ever, more does that bucks were reported in the harvest  107,247 does to 105,952 bucks.  A legal buck must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack.   Habitat is limited for deer, so populations are low in the northeast and the Ouachita Mountains. 
     Deer were abundant prior to the arrival of Europeans, but over hunting and habitat destruction reduced the deer herd to about 2,000 in 1919.  The 1917 Legislature passed an act to restrict hunting of does until 1922.  The 1927 flood killed many deer; the 1930 deer count was about 500.   Restocking and deer refuges were implemented for the next 20 years, a buck only harvest was instituted to boost the herd.  There were 44 refuges or deer farms in the restocking program in 1950.  When mandatory checking of hunted deer started in 1938, just 203 deer were checked.  The herd reached a population of 500,000 by 1985 and management shifted to stabilization with a significant doe harvest.  Estimated 1989 population:  700,000. In 1998 the three point rule made it illegal to shoot a buck with less than three antler points on one side, an effort to improve age demographics.  About 25 percent of hunting is on public land.

Other useful links:
Deer Hunting Regulations and Information     - Deer Harvest Data
Arkansas Conservation Center 
Report sick deer to Game and Fish at 1-800-482-9262
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Statewide Goals and Objectives General Objective Example for Deer Management Manage and maintain a healthy, stable deer herd appropriate for the habitat. 
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission News

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