Arkansas Deer News

Reward Upped in Hot Springs Park Deer Poaching December 15, 2014 Arkansas, KARK
...  shooting a deer on West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for this information, adding to an existing $500 reward from the National Park Service... call the National Park Service’s 24 hour dispatch center at (501) 620-6739...

Clark County leads state in deer harvest November 24, 2014 Arkansas, Daily Siftings Herald 
... At press time Monday, there had been 2,813 deer harvested in Clark County, roughly 100 more than Union County’s 2,739 and 200 more than Cleveland County’s 2,622 ... its diversity in land, with croplands, hardwoods and pine forests all being abundant in the county...

Rare trophy: A doe with antlers? November 21, 2014 Arkansas, WPTV 
... Officials with Arkansas Game and Fish visited the family to document the rare kill and confirmed the deer was a doe, but tagged it a buck because it has antlers...

Motorists, be on lookout for deer November 20, 2014 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin 
... Don't rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer. These have not been proven to work... Dawn and dusk are the times you are most likely to find deer along roadsides...

Deer Hunter kills Arkansas Mountain Lion November 14, 2014  mainenewsonline.com 
... Only acceptable game animals can be hunted under hunting regulations, but ... the hunter said that he was defending himself ... A lion has been killed in Arkansas for the first time since 1975 when one was killed in Logan County...

Hunters can now check deer via smartphone November 6, 2014 Arkansas, THV11
...  use your smart phone to check your deer...
You can go to AGFC.com go to the deer page and you can see reports. Accurate, online up to the minute reports of deer harvest."  The reason for the push is that each phone call costs game and fish $2.50 ...


Hot Springs, Park rangers offering reward in deer poaching case November 3, 2014 Arkansas, The Courier Online 
...  $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for a deer poaching incident on West Mountain last week... (501) 620-6739

Read more: The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Park rangers offering reward in deer poaching case 
... The average hunter came close to taking one deer...  used a rifle and had a primary objective of shooting a quality buck... used private land and did not hunt over bait... likes the three-point rule, the regulation adopted in 1998 that defines a legal buck as a deer having at least three points on one side of its antlers...

State’s antlerless deer hunt opens Saturday on private lands October 9, 2014 Arkansas, Mymonticello news
... Arkansas has more than a million whitetails in the state... This hunt is only for antlerless deer on private land and it lasts only five days.  Only antlerless deer can be harvested; any buck with antlers longer than 2 inches is not legal during this hunt...

Anterless-Only Benefits Deer Herd October 2, 2014 Arkansas, NWA Online
... This special hunt was launched several years ago as a means to bring the buck-doe harvest ratio of Arkansas nearer the desired 50-50 status. Last season was a success on this point as slightly more does than bucks were checked by hunters for the first time in the state's history...

G&F Deer Forecast October, 2014
... hunters killed 4 percent fewer bucks in 2013-14 than they did the previous year (110,448), but we also killed 4 percent more does than we did the previous year (103,039)... makes Cory Gray, the deer project leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, very happy... The habitat’s always changing ... It’s not a mast producing forest, but it is a browse producing forest ...
Deer Season Begins in the Natural State September 27, 2014 Arkansas, 5 News
... Bow-hunters headed out to the woods Saturday (Sept. 27) ... deer move around more in the winter in order to stay warm, making them easier targets when it’s cold outside... 

Smart phone app may be used to check deer September 21, 2014 Arkansas, Magnolia Reporter
... It costs the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission $2.35 per call when a deer is checked by a phone call. In comparison, it only costs the agency 50 cents per deer checked through a smartphone app or over the Internet...

Missouri battles over deer issue September 19, 2014 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
 ...  Missouri and Arkansas are two states among the nation’s 50 that are often envied by other state wildlife people because they are semi-autonomous – partly independent of legislative and gubernatorial control... History tells us of the mess in Arkansas with hunting and fishing when the legislature had full control. This ended in 1945 after voters passed Amendment 35 ...

Arkansas ranks 13th in deer collisions September 19, 2014 Stuttgart Daily Leader 
... For the year ending June 30 there were about 20,500 vehicle-deer collisions in Arkansas. The number was slightly down from the 22,000 estimated collisions from a year ago according to claims data from State Farm. The decrease resulted in Arkansas dropping from the ninth highest risk state for such a collision in the nation, to thirteenth...

Deer-collision season begins in October September 16, 2014 Arkansas, Arkansas Online 
... While many blame the deer population for the high number of collisions, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deer Program Coordinator Gray said is often has more to do with how many highways a state has and where they are located...

... the ratio of bucks versus does. Today, the indications are this ratio is much closer to the ideal 50-50.  Here are some state ranking capsules assembled by the national and well regarded Quality Deer Management Association:  First in the United States with lowest percentage of buck fawns harvested (4 percent).  First in the United States with fewest yearling bucks in harvest for four of the past five years (8 percent)...

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. 
     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 500 by the 1920’s.  Restocking and deer refuges were implemented for the next 20 years, a buck only harvest was instituted to boost the herd.  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.  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.  

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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